Earlier this year, German electronic label Transmigration released the much anticipated Space Teddy Collection, a 2xLP compilation of tracks from Susumu Yokota’s mid-90’s shrimp techno alias, Ebi. Highly sought after and beloved by fans around the world, the Ebi project explored hypnotic 303 acid grooves, underwater ambient textures, and deeply emotional techno-house (not to be confused with tech-house).
From the liner notes of the compilation, German DJ Mijik Van Dijik recalls, “Yokota-san explained why he chose the project name “Ebi” (Japanese for “shrimp”). He understood the shrimp as the basis of house music: the tail is the bass drum, the tickling feet are the hi-hats, the tentacles are the claps and snare, and so on.”
Over the weekend, Yokota and his Ebi project came back into online conversations as writer Martyn Pepperell shared a clip of Yokota performing live. Watch the full video below which includes footage of Yokota performing live as Ebi, the first Sublime Records party, and Yokota DJing at Sublime Records’ third anniversary.