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"Yunioshi til Íslands"

Click on the link to read the article in Icelandic magazine MONITOR - Monitor (Iceland)

"I'm a Hustler baby!"

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- LeftLion (UK)


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- Metro (London, UK)

"Music by Notts band Yunioshi heard on South Park advert"

Yunioshi were described by LeftLion magazine as the 'perfect pop band'

A Nottingham band said they were surprised when they heard one of their tracks on a primetime US TV programme.

The track by Yunioshi, an instrumental version of their single Thunderbird, was picked up by Comedy Central from a CD made by the Universal Music Group.

The band only found out by chance. Drummer Rob Maddison said: "Jim, our bassist, said 'is that one of our tracks being used on South Park?'"

Despite being unaware lead singer Rob Garner said: "It was quite fantastic."

Comedy Central had no obligation to contact Yunioshi as the band had signed the rights away to Universal.

Yunioshi launched their new EP, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday, 29 May, 2010.

"We've been a bit more playful with the sounds that we've been creating," said Rob Garner.

"We've got a track that's a lot more electro, we've got one that's quite rocky and ten everything in between."

You will be able to see Yunioshi perform their new work in Trafalgar Square, London.

It is part of the Liberty Festival which celebrates disability rights.

Rob Maddison, who uses a wheelchair, said:

"It's the Lord Mayor of London and Greenwich Council's way of bigging up disabled arts. Getting to play in the middle of Trafalgar Square is [going to be] pretty good fun!"

Yunioshi's new EP will be available to download by the end of June 2010. Check their MySpace for more details.

Yunioshi were a guest of BBC Radio Nottingham's The Beat with Dean Jackson.

You can listen to the show every Saturday night from 6.00pm - 10.00pm (103.8, 95.5FM, 1584AM and DAB).

Listen to the latest edition of The Beat on the BBC iPlayer.

"Yunioshi...'Stealing a peek up the short skirt of life'"


Yunioshi are a completely different musical experience to anything I have covered so far here on VAIO Nation. But that's exactly what I want...variety! This makes me even more keen to tell you what it's all about.

A unique little group from Nottingham who formed in 2006, Yunioshi create electronic breakbeat funk using their own individual eclectic influences. Put into simple terms it is 'Robot funk shit' - their words, not mine, but I totally agree with them and don't want to use any other description.

If you are thinking Yuni - who? Then stop right there because you are probably already familiar with their work. The track 'Mymo' was actually used in both Kia, and Vauxhall car ads last year! How cool is that?!


Eptwo is the latest collection of tracks by Yunioshi, and I'll admit that it took a few listens to get use to the style of music and to really 'get it'. But this is actually one of the most strangely beautiful samples I have heard in a while.

The tracks are basically a mish mash of old samples creatively strung together with rockin' beats, diverse vocal styles, and the odd use of random everyday electronic objects. So what at first appears to be a whole lot of sounds going on, fast becomes an addictive set of tracks.

By far my favourite track on Eptwo has to be 'When'. The cute yet angelic sounding harmonies have real appeal, and the addition of real 'speak and spell' overtones brought back the best childhood memories! Imagine a sort of electronic erotica.

Eptwo has to be one of the most unpredictable EP's I have heard too. Each track is a complete surprise and I actually found myself getting quite excited about it - that is always a good sign. Not being able to foresee what the next track will bring adds a certain appeal which is often lost within hugely commercial albums. When each track is the same you lose that excitement, and the capacity to actually 'get' the music.

Upbeat, quirky, and resourceful are the three words I have chosen for Eptwo. Many of you may be thinking that it's easy to mix samples, and that may be so, but Yunioshi have the creative flair to know what works, and which sounds compliment each other... just like a designer knows how to make colours and fabrics work I guess. The original mish mash becomes an impressive musical collage.

Top marks for Eptwo...I'm a convert! Yet again I am left wanting to see them live (apparently this is their real passion!). - Sony Vaio


"Yunioshi may not be a name you recognise but one of their tunes might be familiar from the TV car advert for the Kia Carens, broadcast even before their first EP was out. . ."

"The band blend Beck-style flagrant rhythms and otherworldly vocals in a DIY style, creating something danceable, upbeat and louder than an American tourist in a sun-visor shop. But they're not gonzo by any means; the sophisticated ebb and flow of their set can be enchanting."

The Metro - The Metro

"Leftlion talks to Yunioshi"

Yunioshi, a joyous union of three Nottingham souls (Rob Yunioshi, Lady Yunioshi Suzuki and James Yunioshi San), are a band with a delightfully upbeat sound. As bright and fresh as a big pink daisy, Yunioshi take a cut-and-paste approach to pop music, juggling breakbeat samples, hooky guitars, children's keyboards, and a singer with a voice "like the best ice-cream you've ever tasted". They'll put a spring in your step and make you grin like a kid stuck in a jam sandwich factory. Make certain you get down to The Social on Thursday 16 th November to catch Yunioshi as part of the next Supernight shindig. You can't fail to be charmed by their super cool wide-eyed shuffle. And although they're not ones for boasting, when the inevitable happens and the zombie infestation begins, you could do worse than join the Yunioshi gang…

So, who does what in the band?
Rob Yunioshi: I play mostly guitars, sing a bit and write stuff. I also hunt around for things worthy of sampling. I dabble on the 303, melodica, drums and anything that makes a noise. Oh, and I enjoy writing sliding bass lines for James too. Lady Yunioshi Suzuki is the singer, with a voice like the best ice-cream you've ever tasted. She also plays far too many things…we've had to make her a small electro compound to lurk behind onstage. She can also make her voice sound like a robot. And finally, there's James Yunioshi San, a man of bass. When he's not strumming that, he's perched over a guitar or a 303. He also shakes percussion things in a menacing way. And counts.

What's your favourite Yunioshi track?
Rob: It's usually a matter of "what song am I least sick of hearing"! At the moment I quite like a new one called Sue's My Beat and another new one which goes by the name of Lalala. It floats around and reminds me of the start of summer.
Suzuki: I really enjoy singing the mighty Leisure Rules! It makes me happy!

And what's your favourite track of all time?
Rob: Tricky, but it could be Robotic Samba Program done live by Fonda 500. It's great.
Suzuki: Ooooh, that's too hard…I really don't have just one, but I love Mushaboom by a lovely lady called Feist. I'll never get sick of listening to it.
Jim: I haven't heard it yet, but it's going to be I Think We're Alone Now by Girls Aloud, I just know it.

What are your favourite cities and venues to play?
Rob: Nottingham – it's got a great scene with great promoters and plenty of good people, and we're proud to be a part of it. We're all really looking forward to playing Supernight on 16 th November – the Social's our second home.
Suzuki: Yeah, Nottingham is such a good city to start out in because the music scene is huge - people are hungry for new music!

If you could get anyone in to play with you, who would you choose?
Rob: A chap called Mark Woods - and he's about to record a track with us so that one will be coming true soon. He used to sing in Do Me Bad Things before they split and he sounds like a bear with a cold. A great vocalist. Other than that, I suppose we would allow Beck or Bob Brozman to join in if they brought us Party Rings…
Jim: Fonda 500 too, although they might well be grumpy about it.

Have you got any tips for upcoming artists that we should check out?
Rob: I like Spaceships are Cool. A great chap from Nottingham making some beautiful music.
Suzuki: Yes, they performed at Oxjam when we were playing and their music made my ears tingle!
Jim: Junkyard Choir are great too.

What can people expect from your show?
Rob: Three people trying to make complicated music sound uncomplicated in lots of complicated ways.
Jim: Three people desperately trying to remember which instrument they have to play next, but styling it out nicely.

That sounds like fun. What do Yunioshi listen to on the stereo at home?
Rob: Simple Kid, Tom Vek, Fonda 500 and all kinds of odd 'French Fried Pop' from the 60's and 70's.
Suzuki: At the moment, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's Ballad of the Broken Seas.

What was the last album that you bought?
Rob: SK2 by Simple Kid. I've been waiting for it for yonks.
Suzuki: Regina Spektor Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers And Other Short Stories.

How about the last book you read?
Rob: Either Casino Royal or Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster.
Suzuki: Mick Jackson's Ten Sorry Tales
Jim: Thud by Terry Pratchett

What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Rob: Seeing some paparazzi-style photos of my recent drunkenness.
Jim: Craig Bellamy.

What's coming up for Yunioshi over the next year?
Rob: We plan to start the year by getting our second EP out and trekking down to London town to do some gigs. We've had some great contact from A&R peeps down there - from my favourite record label too, so fingers crossed…
Suzuki: We'll be spreading the joy.

Would you last long if the UK was over-run by zombies?
Suzuki: Yes. I know people.
Rob: I'm a little skinny so I'd probably be largely ignored. Plus I'm half asleep mostly - so it's likely that I'd fit in with the ol' zombie gang.
Jim: I've got a big front gate too, so yeah quite a while.

Do you have any advice that you'd like to share with LeftLion readers?
Rob: Never sniff someone's finger when they ask you to.
Suzuki: Never look a monkey in the eye.
Jim: Don't eat the yellow snow.

Wise words all. You can share the joy and perhaps even pick up some more Yunioshi wisdom by seeing them play at The Social on Thursday 16 November from 8:30pm as part of Supernight.

- Leftlion Magazine

"Breakfast with Yunioshi"

They're name is a character in the famous Audrey Hepburn film and an advert's using their tune.

For a band that's unsigned, Nottingham's Yunioshi aren't doing too badly.

They only formed in October 2006 but one of their tunes is already being heard by the general public throughout Britain. It's being played on an advert.

Rob from the band says: "It's just through our MySpace site. A company that specialises in putting music from unsigned bands into adverts came and found us one day."

Now the band's hoping their song, Mymo, will be a chart hit after it went on release as a download.

A quick start

It's not bad for a band that until autumn last year was a two piece, Rob and Jim. Then they met Anna.

"We did some covers at the Golden Fleece in Nottingham," says Rob.

"We invited her to join us. We had our first gig in October so we're only very young."

Sound and names

Much of their sound comes from samples that have been cut up. One description on their website sums it up as:

"If you imagine Lemon Jelly, Massive Attack and Del La Soul forming a supergroup, this would be the outcome!"

As for the name, Yunioshi, it comes from the film Breakfast At Tiffanys.

"It's the obsessed photographer guy who lives downstairs. It's the obsession he has that I like."

The name has also touched a chord in the Far East with Yunioshi enjoying a large Japanese following.

Listen to the interview at: - BBC

"Kia Carens. TV Commercial"

Leap placed "Mymo" by unsigned artist Yunioshi in the Kia Carens "Cube" spot, taken from the Winter 06 "Leap Unsigned" CD. Leap Music acquired the publishing rights as part of the deal. Yunioshi released the download via TuneTribe under a 1st week exclusive deal.

Watch the advert at: - Leap Music



(March 2013 - the first track from our debut album due for release later in 2013)

New EP is coming!

Five track EP
(Feb 2012)

Single release
(March/April 2011)

"She Wolf"
Cover version released for free through
(October 2010)

"How To Survive A Robot Uprising"
Six track EP
(Released May 2010)
Available through digital outlets (iTunes, etc)

"Thunderbird" (single)
(as featured on Comedy Central, South Park, Setanta Sports coverage)
(Released 2010)
Available through digital outlets (iTunes, etc)

"Leisure Rules" (single)
(Released 2009)
Available through digital outlets (iTunes, etc)

"Mymo" (single)
(as featured on Kia Carens TV commercial, Vauxhall Astra Campaign)
(Released 2007)
Available from digital outlets

Additional releases:

(Released 2008)

"Yunioshi EP1"
(Released late 2006)

A few Radio Play and Interviews

Yunioshi live on BBC6 Music
Tom Robinson show
August 2010

Yunioshi release CTRL on BBC Nottingham
The Beat with Dean Jackson
May 2010

Yunioshi Quiz on BBC6 Music
Stephen Merchant



Since supporting Graham Coxon on his A&E tour we have played sold out shows supporting Public Service Broadcasting and Wave Machines. We're now in the studio recording our first album, due for release later in 2013. Its being produced in Reykjavik, Iceland by Bloodgroup. Our latest single "Tanlines" is the first track to be taken from our first album. This has been getting lots of airplay on BBC6 Music.
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We're just back from supporting Graham Coxon (Blur) on his recent UK tour. What an amazing adventure. We've also been remixing the new We Show Up On Radar release (due out in June) and writing new material for the next EP.
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The first track off our new EP has a fantastic B-Movie video. The track 'Worms' is currently blazing a trail across many blogs and websites. Check it out at
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Our New EP titled REYKJAVIK will be released on Sat 18 Feb at Nottinghams Contemporary Gallery with Icelandic band Bloodgroup and Nottinghams We Show Up On Radar.
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Making the new EP again now we have time. Winding down live shows until the release - Just a couple more shows to round the year off and maybe something a little special for you to look out for! 2012 has already got some great things happening!
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Back from another amazing Iceland Airwaves festival. Awesome pre festival tour with Bloodgroup too. Got to see some great sights all around Iceland. Amazing crowds!
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Just played Dot To Dot Music Festival (Is Tropical, Cults, Wolfgang, Braids, SBTRKT, etc), The Big Mix Music Festival (Clare Maguire, Zero 7, James Yuill) off to play Y Not Music Festival (Maximo Park, Go Team, etc)
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Currently in the studio making new beats for the new EP before we take it on the road in February 2011 (London UK, Nottingham UK, Toronto Canada, etc)
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YUNIOSHI selected to play Iceland Airwaves festival 2010
YUNIOSHI selected to play Canadian Music Fest 2011
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The third EP release from Yunioshi, "How to survive a robot uprising" is available now. Watch the video for the track "CTRL" by clicking in our links section.

Come view our latest video blog:
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YUNIOSHI are a four piece hailing from Nottingham, UK. Electro breakbeats drive them forward - producing a sound 'louder than an American Tourist in a sun visor shop' (metro).

Selected by BBC Introducing as 'one of the hottest emerging acts in the UK' and with tracks picked up for ad syncs in the UK (Vauxhall Astra and Kia Carens TV ad campaigns) they have been getting their sound out there to big audiences. Their track Thunderbird is currently being used by Comedy Central to advertise the latest South Park series on TV. Tracks have also been used by Setanta sports for football montages including Englands recent World Cup qualifiers and high profile Premiership football matches.

Described as 'the exact place where found sounds and breakbeats merge with left of centre indie pop; all lilting Beck-style rhythms and hummable hooks' (, their wide variety of influences feed a sound which is always upbeat, always trying to steal a peek up the short skirt of life.

In the last year YUNIOSHI have recorded a session at Maida Vale studios London for BBC Introducing, toured Iceland with Bloodgroup, played Summer Sundae Festival, Bloom Festival, Splendour Festival and had plenty of national airplay featuring on Huw Stephens, Tom Robinsons, Steve Lamacqs and Mercury Prize judge Dean Jacksons BBC Radio shows. There was even a qu