Toothpaste Records release the debut international release from songwriter, producer and singer Maika Loubté. Closer is the third release on the London / Tokyo-based label devoted to worldwide releases of the best artists from the Japanese indie scene. The international edition of Closer is released on transparent vinyl with alternate artwork from Toothpaste resident artist Phil Boehm.
Raised in Paris and Hong Kong and currently based in Tokyo, Maika takes in global influences as she experiments and creates original yet subconsciously familiar melodies that connect with the emotions of the listener. Surrounded by an expanding collection of vintage analog synthesizers in her Tokyo home studio, Loubté is constantly exploring an amalgam of novel and nostalgic musical sounds.
Last year has been a breakthrough year for Maika, with single Nobara being exposed to millions after being featured in Google advertising campaign and broadcast on the huge screens outside famous Shinjuku fashion and music retail building Flags all summer to celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary.
The 9 track album, mastered by Parisian producer and DJ Alex Gopher features guest performances from Miho Hatori (ex-Cibo Matto, New Optimism) on the killer SNAPPP and beats from upcoming techno producer Risa Taniguchi on the hypnotic penultimate track Celine.