Makoto ‎– Human Elements

Good Looking Records ‎– GLRMA005
2 × CD, Album

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1-01 Introduction
Vocals, Written-By [Co-written] – MC Conrad
1-02 Where Are You Going?
Backing Vocals – Kiyomi Yamashita, Lori Fine, Makoto Shimizu
1-03 Time
Vocals, Written-By [Co-written] – Cleveland Watkiss
1-04 Four Silver Rings
Trumpet – Suguru IkedaVocals – Lori Fine
1-05 Treasure Towers
Sitar, Tabla, Tambura – Motomitsu Kaetsu
1-06 Seventy-Three Jam (Interlude)
Bass – Takashi ChidaTrumpet – Suguru Ikeda
1-07 It's No Mystery
Vocals, Written-By [Co-written] – Lori Fine
1-08 Sky High 7:24
1-09 Black On Blue
Synthesizer [Moog] – Makoto Shimizu
1-10 You're Divine
Bass – WatusiRecorded By – Yoshiaki OnishiVocals, Written-By [Co-written] – Lori Fine
1-11 Take My Soul Baby (Remix)
Vocals – Lori Fine
Bonus CD - Interactive CD Rom
2-01 My Soul (John B Remix)
Remix – John B
2-02 Time (Kyoto Jazz Massive Remix)
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Moog] – Hajime YoshizawaMixed By – Hajime YoshizawaProgrammed By – Yoshihiro OkinoRemix – Kyoto Jazz MassiveVocals, Written-By [Co-written] – Cleveland Watkiss
2-03 Inside Your Love (Nookie Remix)
Remix – Nookie



Manufactured in the UK.

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  • Barcode (Text): 0 675744 300527
  • Barcode (String): 0675744300527

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Makoto Human Elements(CD, Album, Promo) Good Looking Records none UK 2003 Sell This Version
GLRMA005LP Makoto Human Elements(3x12", Album) Good Looking Records GLRMA005LP UK 2003 Sell This Version
GLRMA005P Makoto Human Elements(CD, Album, Promo) Good Looking Records GLRMA005P UK 2003 Sell This Version


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July 24, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Makoto tried really hard with his first album. He had been making soulful and catchy tunes for the good looking catalogue, and I suppose people expected similar sounds in this album, where he tries something else. "Introduction" sounds more like the mellow 4Hero than anything else, with its full strings, the spoken word and its 70's mood (though why the applause?). "Where are you going?" follows the much organic style Makoto had been developing before, and it's a sign that the album wants to be, stylistically, like Bukem's "Journey Inwards". Gospel choirs, nearly full orchestra, and everything extremely well produced, but a bit repetitive.

"Time" is the single of the album, and maybe the best drum'n bass song in the last years. Taking full advantage of Cleveland Watkiss, the song sounds escapist just from the first seconds, and, though its organic and smooth sounds made it difficult to mix, "Time" made an impact, because it's very difficult not to sing the chorus.

The rest is so-so. Jazzy experiments like "Four silver rings", "Black on blue", or the only one which doesn't sound like elevator music, "Seventy three jam", sound like pure filler. The smooth-jazz tunes, "You're divine" and "It's no mistery" are good, but are so out of place next to the other good d'n'b songs ("Sky High" and the sad "Treasure Towers") that they annoy a little. "Take my soul" ends the album with the best one can do with organic sounds and d'n'b: it is jazzy, it sounds alive, improvised, and makes you dance, another of the better Makoto works in these years. The second disc has some videos and three remixes: the one from John B sounds like John B, the other from Nookie sounds like a variation of the mood from the first disc, and the slow tempo mix of "Time" by the (excellent) Kyoto Jazz Massive crew is just nice. So... there are very good tunes in this "Human Elements" album, very good moments, but there was no need for the slower jazzy tracks: they aren't as good, they break the mood, and you don't need them to sound more expert, classier, or to justify your roots. Bear this in mind for the next time, Makoto.


October 6, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
I can completely agree with the thesis that Makoto was very impressive in Progression Sessions... That was the reason for obtaining 'Human Elements'. Can't say that I was impressed again... The album really seems sometimes boring... And a lack of variations is strong too. But there are several works which sound perfectly essential. I'm talking about 'Treasure Towers', 'Sky High', 'Time' (which is really genuine piece)...and my favorite - Kyoto Jazz Massive' version of Time...the best acid-jazz work I've ever heard. So this album receives four. (With a plus for the spirit of GLO...)


March 12, 2004

This is a pretty poor album IMO. It chops and changes between musical styles too much and lacks any sense of direction. It also has too many filler tracks which just seem to have been included to make the album longer and an older track (Your Divine) which anyone who's a fan of GLO would already have. I have to admit that Sky High is a great track though.


September 17, 2003

I'm definitely not feeling Makoto like I did on progression sessions... Hes doing more of a 'good looking' sound now, really jazzy... the track 'sky high' is a gem though, a bassline you could tap dance on, thats why I like makoto... his tracks with his Akira.