Yuksek’s newly formed label has been one of 2013’s runaway successes, and now it’s time to open it up to the next generation: Parisian funk powerhouse Crayon, who recently won us over with his collaborative Kitsune EP alongside fellow franco Pyramid.
Crayon’s debut solo EP comprises of 3 original tracks, showcasing why the Parisian up-start is on the radars of those who are in the firmly in the know.
‘Downgraders’ sets the mood nicely, as sci-fi soundscapes blend with laid-back funk for a solid start. ‘Give You Up’ is where things begin to heat up as, Crayon enlists Sydney-based KLP for the vocals. It falls somewhere between modern disco and old-school funk, with just a dash of tropical flavours for good measure.
The final track is a little further down the rabbit’s whole as the producer creates complex blend of Detroit techno and nu-disco. Crayon describes it as: “The youngest child of the family, it’s loved and cherished but hasn’t found it’s place yet.”
As well as sterling set of originals, ‘Give You Up’, comes with a slew of remixes from Yuksek, Blende and Darius who transform the originals into beams neon of club fodder.
On hand first is head honcho Yuksek who takes ‘Give You Up’ in two different directions for his two remixes, vanilla and dub. Crayon describes his remixes as: “The soul of an FM hit in the body of a club weapon,” and we’d have to agree as Yuksek crafts two club-ready cuts out of ‘Give You Up’.
Blende does what he does best: funk. The Swede, via London, adds layers of bass and cowbells; the diet of any self respecting funk producer. And last but not least, there’s a remix from Crayon’s good friend and previous collaborator Darius, who creates soothing beach disco vibe to round off the EP.
Download a free mini-min and lookout for a full release on August 5.