Japanese techno-pop revival group Motocompo formed in 1996 as a trio of programmer Usui Nobuya (alias Dr. Usui), vocalist Chiho, and VJ Hisaya. Beginning by selling home-produced cassettes in their neighborhood, the Tokyo suburb of Kichijoji, they attracted some local popularity as purveyors of a sound that recalled classic' 80s Japanese new wave such as the Plastics and P-Model. Motocompo's emergence in the western suburbs of Tokyo coincided with the emergence of fellow new wave revivalists Polysics, as well as a vibrant new wave-influenced scene that was then emerging around Chiba University to the east of Tokyo. In 1998, Motocompo, Polysics. and likeminded bands such as Skyfisher and Spoozys were part of the compilation album Tokyo New Wave of New Wave 1998 on the newly formed Tinstar Records, which catapulted the movement into the limelight. In 1999 Motocompo released another cassette, also on Tinstar, followed by the EP Tiny Lack'n'Roll. Their live profile continued to rise in tandem with the "new wave of new wave" scene, with the band supporting British/American/Japanese new wave supergroup NiNa, and finally releasing their debut mini-album Desktop Romancer.