Citing influences as diverse as The Beatles, Gainsbourg, NWA and Nirvana, YUKSEK aka Pierre Alexandre-Claude Busson (whose name means “High” in Turkish), first came to prominence in 2007 through the Relish-released EP Composer, whose distorted acid-electro-rock fusion had everyone from Laurent Garnier to Mylo and Busy P calling themselves “fan-boys.” On the back of this and some devilishly filthy adaptations for the likes of Franz & Shape, Naïve New Beaters, Zombie Nation, Das Pop and his very own indie group Klanguage, Yuksek was swiftly heralded as a key figure in the new wave of French electronica, with the likes of Mixmag lauding him as “a funkier Para One with just a pinch of Simian.”

Fast forward to 2009 and we find Yuksek on the verge of his 3rd Australian tour, having already dazzled crowds at some of the most prestigious festivals and club nights in the world. Most notably though, Yuksek will be returning for his latest antipodeans adventure with his debut full length album, Away From The Sea, firmly in tow.

Showcasing the talents he developed through years of classical music training, Away From The Seasees Busson transcend the bedroom-producer antics of many of his compatriots and combine pop-hooks, post-romantic riffs, disco-grooves, acid loops and experimental arabesque flourishes with disarming ease. Proving himself to be quite the resolute post-schizophrenic musician, Yuksek’s fear of emptiness within a song sees him take listeners on an iPod-shuffle-like journey through electro-pop (see his collaboration with Amanda Blank on Extra Ball and the super-catchy A Certain Life), dreamy disco (see I Could Never Be A Dancer and Freak O Rocker) and anthemic punk-funk (see his collaboration with Dave One from Chromeo on So Down). Couple this with the decadence of past club smashes Break Ya, Little Dirty Trip and first single Tonight, and it’s not hard to see why Away From The Seahas been one of the most highly anticipated releases of this year, with everyone from JJJ to Channel V showing bona fide support.

Add to this recent remixes for Peaches, Krazy Bones, Tiga, Alphabeat, The Subs and The Teenagers with long-time production partner and emerging French techno star Brodinski, as well as pop-tastic takes on Phoenix's Lizstomania, Lady Gaga's Paparazzi and Autokratz's Always More, and it's fair to say that Yuksek has indeed hit the big time...!

So fight your Winter chills by getting down and dirty with this Parisian playboy at one of the below venues… we’re sure you’ll be taken to a higher place.

31.07.09Empire HotelQLD
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