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An Introduction To….. Hamacide

Published June 16, 2011 by subcultureshanghai

Yusuke Hama AKA Hamaicide

On Friday 24th June, Sub-Culture are proud to be hosting the pre-release party for Shanghai based beat-smith Hamacide’s ‘Might Little Machine’ remix album. The evening will feature special guests Olive Oil, Popy Oil and Zorzi AKA Oil Works straight from Fukuoka, Japan and over the next few weeks we will be introducing each of these artists in more detail (remember to download this killer mix from Zorzi), but right now lets get to know a bit more about the main man of the night, Yusuke Hama AKA Hamacide!


Hamacide – Touch The Blue Owl with Jared Turinsky (taken from the album ‘Mighty Little Machine’)


Hamacide is the alias of Yusuke Hama, an Atlanta-born, New York producer/dj.  Son of Japanese parents, Yusuke, like many Asian kids, started playing classical music at a very young age.  Eventually quitting his classical music pursuits in his mid teens, he started playing in bands and making his own 4 track recordings.


Leyode – Sophie (Her 1st Jagerbomb Mix)


In 2007, Yusuke released a record under the name LEYODE with fellow Brooklyn singer Laurel Wells.  It was titled ‘Fascinating Tininess…’ and was released on Guillermo Scott Herren’s (Prefuse 73) label, Eastern Developments.  Even though Yusuke and Laurel lived only a few minutes away from each other, they never worked in the same room together.   The record was created entirely via file transfer.  Laurel would layer vocal harmonies using her laptop mic and send it to Yusuke.  This back and forth process would continue until they finalized a song by recording it in Yusuke’s kitchen.   Yusuke describes the sounds of heavy beats, samples and addicting vocal melodies and harmonies that make up “Fascinating tininess…”  as  “dirty-south, film-score pop”


Hamacide – Mighty Little Machine

In 2010, Yusuke released his first full length solo record called Mighty Little Machine.  Beautiful and, at times, bizarre, Mighty Little Machine is a collection of instrumentals and vocal-based songs with elements of hip-hop, classical,  folk, and bossa nova.  Mighty Little Machine blends many styles of music but Yusuke’s production keeps everything cohesive and making perfect sense.  It is a carefully constructed record that flows seamlessly from beginning to end.


Hamacide – Carnies feat. Fielded (Taken from the album ‘Might Little Machine’)


Later in 2010, Yusuke asked his friends Prefuse 73, Leblaze and Epstein to remix songs from Mighty Little Machine for a possible remix EP.  Not until he met Himuro Yoshiteru in Shanghai, China did this idea become reality.  Yusuke immediately fell in love with Himuro’s music who then introduced him to Olive Oil and other amazing Japanese producers.  Originally an EP, the Mighty Little Machine remix project has now bloomed into a full album and its release is imminent. Released on Japan’s Oil Works imprint, a 12″ vinyl sampler featuring remixes by Prefuse 73, Olive Oil, Himuro Yoshitero, Epstein, Leb Laze and Hamacide himself will precede the full length CD album which will drop about a month later. The CD will contain all the tracks from the 12″ plus 10 more remixes by artists such as Daisuke Tanabe, Zorzi, Caliph8 and a collaboration between Hamacide and Demon Slayer. The album will also feature some fantastic artwork by Oil Work’s Popy Oil.


Broadway Dancers – Hamacide’s Break-A-Leg Remix (Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Mighty Little Machine Remixes’)


Flyer design by Popy Oil (Oil Works)


To celebrate the imminent release of the Mighty Little Machine Remix album, for a very limited time Hamacide has made both the original Mighty Little Machine LP and the Leyode LP available for free download! Shoot over to his bandcamp site here and get downloading, but make sure you come down to The Shelter on Friday 24th June and show your appreciation 🙂


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