Ryuichi Sakamoto, UA and Hikari Mitsushima join MONDO GROSSO for ‘IN THIS WORLD’ single, ahead of the new album ‘BIG WORLD’
MONDO GROSSO, the solo project of Japanese musician Shinichi Osawa, is back with a new melting pot of unexpected collaborations that will shake up the Japanese music scene.
The new album ‘BIG WORLD,’ due for release on February 9, 2022, includes an incredible lineup of guests, such as Hikari Mitsushima, Mika Nakajima, Takao Tajima (Original Love), Yoshie Nakano (EGO WRAPPIN’), Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46), suis (Yorushika), PORIN (Awesome City Club), CHAI, ermhoi (Black Boboi/millennium parade), DONGURIZU and RHYME.
Ahead of the album launch, new track ‘IN THIS WORLD feat. Ryuichi Sakamoto (Vocals: Hikari Mitsushima)’ has been released featuring vocals by Hikari Mitsushima and a rare piano performance by revered artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The lyrics were written by acclaimed singer UA and the track was created by Osawa, resulting in an impressive collaboration that could only happen on a MONDO GROSSO release.
MONDO GROSSO previously worked with Mitsushima on 2017’s masterpiece ‘Labyrinth,’ whose music video has surpassed 31 million views on YouTube. They have followed up with a new video together for ‘IN THIS WORLD,’ boasting choreography by NOPPO from Japan’s world-class dance performance group s**t kingz.
The video features Mitsushima performing a dance in mid-air that was designed to ignite the senses against a backdrop of the theatre, a place where this singer and actress feels at home. It’s a fantastic piece of artistic entertainment to start 2022 in style.
Comment from Shinichi Osawa
This song was born from a journey of memory that I have experienced repeatedly. Yet, no matter how I have repeated it, I cannot recall how I arrived at the destination. Things can only be felt by causing vibrations in the air over time. I cannot see it nor touch it, and perhaps that is why it is in sync with my heart. I drew the first stroke, and the overlap of consciousness dictated the endpoint of the sound.
Comment from Ryuichi Sakamoto
At first, I was not sure what I could contribute to a song like this, but I moved my hands as the melody led me.
Comment from Hikari Mitsushima
When I first heard the music and read the lyrics, I was moved by how wide-open and natural they felt, and I tried to carry that feeling into my vocals and sing with love. And in the music video, I got to fly, too. It’s a bittersweet but happy song filled with endless sensitivity.
Comment from UA
I’m looking forward to this song resonating with the world at that moment when we feel the long, harsh winter gives way to the resolute budding of spring. I’m so happy to participate in such a beautiful song. You can feel the sea of calm.
‘IN THIS WORLD feat. Ryuichi Sakamoto (Vocals: Hikari Mitsushima)’ download and streaming links: https://asab.lnk.to/mg_inthisworld
MONDO GROSSO ‘BIG WORLD’
Release Date: February 9, 2022
CD+Blu-ray: 4,500 yen (plus tax), RZCB-87060/B (first press limited edition Digipak)
CD: 3,000 yen (plus tax), RZCB-87061 (first press Digipak)
*Details are the same for RZCB-87060/B and RZCB-87061
- IN THIS WORLD feat. Ryuichi Sakamoto [Vocal: Hikari Mitsushima]
- FORGOTTEN [Vocal: ermhoi (Black Boboi / millennium parade)]
- B.S.M.F [Vocal : DONGURIZU]
- OH NO! [Vocal: CHAI]
- LAST HEART [Vocal: suis (Yorushika)]
- STRANGER [Vocal : Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46)]
- LOST PEOPLE [Vocal: Yoshie Nakano (EGO-WRAPPIN’)]
- ILLUSORY REFLECTION [Vocal: Takao Tajima (Original Love)]
- CRYPT [Vocal: PORIN (Awesome City Club)]
- OVERFLOWING [Vocal: Mika Nakashima]
- BIG WORLD [Vocal: RHYME]
MONDO GROSSO profile
MONDO GROSSO made their major-label debut in 1993 with Shinichi Osawa as the bandleader and bassist, touring Europe as part of the worldwide acid-jazz movement. The band broke up in 1996, and Osawa continued to use the name as a solo artist.
Since then, he continued to innovate musically and released hit albums such as ‘MG4’, which included ‘LIFE feat. bird’, and ‘NEXT WAVE,’ which included ‘Everything Needs Love feat. BoA’, before halting activities in 2003. However, 2017 brought the first new album release in 14 years, ‘Nando Demo Atarashiku Umareru.’
Unconventional collaborations with Hikari Mitsushima, Asuka Saito (Nogizaka46) and AiNA THE END (BiSH) captured the attention of music fans, and the music video for ‘Labyrinth,’ sung by Mitsushima, gained over 31 million views on YouTube.
In 2021, the hits collection ‘MONDO GROSSO OFFICIAL BEST’ traced the trajectory of MONDO GROSSO over the past 30 years.