HOTEI has revealed the lyric video for his latest single ‘Texas Groove’ taken from the upcoming album Strangers, the first international release of his career on October 16th through Spinefarm Records.
‘Texas Groove’ is a pulsating electro-blues boogie featuring the southern soulstress Shea Seger and her smoky vocals. Having toured with John Mayer, David Gray and the band James, Seger’s enriching presence was the perfect choice to accompany Hotei’s vibrant guitar playing.
Born and raised in Texas herself, Shea Seger’s own solo career has seen her receive acclaim and support from fellow musicians such as Elton John, Pat Benatar and Pharrell Williams and share the stage with Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks, Ronnie Wood and Gang of Four amongst many others.
Now living in London, Seger also features on another track on Hotei’s Strangers, the glossy punchy rock anthem ‘Kill Or Kiss’, sitting proudly alongside a number of other impressive guests.
As previous single ‘How The Cookie Crumbles’ – one of two tracks featuring punk visionary Iggy Pop – illustrated, Hotei’s unique cultural perspective is one that transcends and eclipses the confines of genre. And that’s exactly what Strangers does.
From the heavyweight industrial synths of ‘Move It’ (co-starring Rammstein guitarist and Emigrate frontman Richard Z. Kruspe), through the dub-driven rhythms of quintessentially British trip-hop that propel ‘Barrel Of My Own Gun’ courtesy of old friend and collaborator Noko of Apollo 440, to the brooding James Bond-style suspense of ‘Kill To Love You’ featuring the distinctive voice of Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck, Strangers is an album of rich variety and unique sonic textures.
And those cinematic sensibilities are also to be found in Hotei’s most famous composition, ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’ which was used to memorable effect by Tarantino in Kill Bill, and is included on the album.
While Strangers may be Hotei’s first official international release, it was always inevitable that Japan’s greatest guitar hero would break new ground, fuelled by his original inspirations.
Hotei comments, “When I was a teenager, I was going to the record shops to buy everything I could by The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin… I soon realised that almost all of it was British. With idols like David Bowie and T-Rex, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the UK, and now that I am living in London, ‘Strangers’ allows me to take a step out of this new space to introduce myself. I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”
Hotei will be playing live at the Islington Assembly Hall on October 21st.
Strangers will be released October 16th through Spinefarm Records.
Pre-order the album here