When BIGYUKI sets his fingers to the keys, things literally begin to move and shake. The rising Japanese keyboardist and composer (whose given name is Masayuki Hirano) specializes in key bass, and is able to turn the lowest ranges of synths, pianos and the occasional Rhodes into a sprawling harmonic world unto itself. As a result, his compositions contain a depth that few others can boast; the pure sonic range across which he composes is vast, exhilarating and funky.
New York City-based fans of BIGYUKI have a chance to see him and his band live tonight, June 23rd, at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge (tickets available here), but jazz cats the world over are getting a special treat right this second. Below, you’ll find an exclusive stream of three tracks off of Big Yuki’s upcoming record which was recorded and produced by Highbreed Music (more specifically Tariq Khan at the The Breeding Ground NYC) and is slated for an August 2015 release date (the preview is a joint venture between Revive and Okayplayer).
Opening track “The Keymaker pt. 2” is a melancholy, modal number that has Yuki rotating amongst the piano, synth bass and rhodes with equal aplomb. Second cut “Greek Fire” more than lives up to its name as morse code hi-hats and bubbling key bass switch tempos on a dime, demonstrating the ensemble’s agility. As Okayplayer noted, “this is jazz made for a prison break, a bank heist or, perhaps, a max-volume headphones session in the comfort of your own home.”
“Paradise Descended” closes this moody triplicate, beginning as a half-shadowed ballad, dark in nature (like most, if not all of the preview) and growing gradually into a space of airy keys and, later, tense hip-hop grooving.Stream the entire release from BIGYUKI below, catch the show tonight and be on notice–this record is one you won’t want to miss.