Yuksek is Pierre-Alexandre Busson.
He is French and wants to make the world dance.
The thirteen tracks on his debut 'Away From The Sea'
are a fierce first showing.
We are in the land of big beats and grinding electronica
here and Mr Busson is a talented composer/producer and a
more than reliable guide through his territory.
French electronica seems to have developed a distinctive
voice of its own in a world overflowing with so much good
music to throw ourselves around to.
Daft Punk pointed the way to new-rhythmic-nirvana
and many have followed. If you enjoyed Vitalic's 'Flashmob'
you will probably like this too.
Collaborations with S**tdisco (a typically stripped-down
but good-natured stomper); Chromeo (the deliciously cheesy
retro-synth antics of 'So Down'); The Bewitched Hands On
The Top of our Heads ('So Far Away From The Sea', a nouveau-hippie
pulsing sing-along anthem) and the gritty urban hoedown featuring
the totally wonderful Amanda Blank ('Extraball') guarantee a sonic
experience which it is virtually impossible to sit still to.
Elsewhere the twitchy charm of 'I Like To Play';
the cut-and -paste shenanigans of opening track 'Break Ya';
the uplifting, slow, hypnotic synth arpeggios of 'I Could Never
Be A Dancer' and the uproariously silly funky conclusion
delivered by final track 'Eat My Bear' all contribute to
the general sense of good-natured mayhem.
There's more than enough good stuff here to keep
the party hopping for the best part of an hour.
Play It Loud !