France's latest electronic producer wunderkind Yuksek, has been the subject of universal praise for his remixes, of such artists as Lady Gaga, Mika, Kaiser Chiefs, White Lies and Tommy Sparks. With disarming ease, he mixes pop hooks with dance floor devastation, post-punk riffs and acid loops, disco grooves, experimental arabesque flourishes, house beats, and catchy melodies to create mini epics that boldly declare the idea of "genre" an anachronism. His fiery live sets see him swooping between his vintage keyboards and FX board with focused finesse, alighting every venue he visits.
Now with his debut albumt Away From The Sea, the suave musician - anything but a clubber, strangely enough - is poised to let loose his first album, packed full of future hits called "Tonight," "Extraball" and "I Like To Play."
Born in 1977, Pierre-Alexandre Busson spent his adolescence practising piano several hours a day at music school before deciding, at age 17, to stop the studying and start the adventure. Little by little his reputation grew as one of key pop figures in the French city of Reims, going from The Bewitched Hands On the Top of Our Heads (authors of the great guitar-led cover version of "Tonight," a hidden track on the album) to Alb by way of Brodinksi & The Shoes, to become the artist we know now (Yuksek also played bass guitar and wrote with electro-rock combo Klanguage). He soon found a passion for the art of making sound - whether it be the arrangements of the Beach Boys, the keyboard style of Ray Manzarek or the productions of David Bowie - leading him to produce the Birdy Nam Nam and The Bewitched Hands albums. And since his adventure started at the end of the 20th Century, Yuksek inevitably, naturally, discovered electronic music. "Compared to pop, it had a freedom about it," he remembers. As an admirer of the Warp label, he found it "great that Aphex Twin could release 'Window Licker' and then, the following week, some weird experimental track that would be almost unlistenable."