Sparrows aka Ryota Miyake is one-second of Tokyo-based synth outfit CRYSTAL. The band was discovered by French house legends JUSTICE and Surkin and collaborated with Teki Latex, former member of French rap outfit TTC and co-founder of Sound Pellegrino Records, which released CRYSTAL’s Crystal Station 64 in 2013 featuring Teki Latex and Hyperdub’s Ikonika. Garnering support from the likes of The Fader (“retro-futurist mayhem”) and The Guardian (“playful, exuberant, joyous”), being part of CRYSTAL put Miyake on the way to making waves himself.
As of 2013 Miyake, under the moniker Sparrows, is an alumnus of the Red Bull Music Academy, played at Sónar Festival in 2017, and supported Thundercat on his 2017 US tour as Sako and Uno. His latest release Berries shows the fruits of his labour in a global way way; inspired by his travels, and with feature spots from global artists, Berries takes hints of CRYSTAL-like synth goodness and mixes them with cosmic jazz and Beta Band-style pop for an album that bursts with road trip sweetness and a mellow psych atmosphere.