On Luminols, Yoko-Zuna are coming from a different playing field, and have delivered five killer tracks with a sound that is entirely their own.
All five tracks show a varied sound from Yoko-Zuna, and a band which have become incredibly comfortable in their own skin. Ranging from the pulsating electronic sounds of ‘Lightning Sabres’ to the brooding slow-burn of ‘Orchard St.
Recorded at Auckland’s Red Bull Studios alongside in-house engineer Ben Lawson, Luminols features guest vocals from NZ music royalty, along with some of NZ’s brightest talents. Auckland-based rapper Lukan Raisey welcomes listeners to the Luminols party with the atmospheric opener ‘Canvas’, before Shapeshifter’s P-Digsss’s trademark howl and energy punctuates lead-single ‘Lightning Sabres’. ‘Orchard St’ combines delicate keys with powerful verses from Tom Scott, while ‘One Question’ puts Laughton Kora front and centre with an infectious bassline and forceful drumming. Closing track ‘Yes’ features rising talents Heavy and LarzRanda, and shows the band further pushing their sound into again different territories.
Auckland’s Red Bull Studio proved the perfect place for Yoko-Zuna, allowing them to get more experimental with their sound. Frank Eliesa’s keys and synth-bass combining perfectly with Swap Gomez’s drums and samples, creating an exceptional future-rhythm section. Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway’s guitar and bass constantly floating in and out of the tracks, driving and punctuating where needed. JY Lee’s saxophone and flute work is exceptional and a highlight – frequently surprising and reminiscent of Kamasi Washington’s work on To Pimp A Butterfly. All of which held together with expert precision by producer/engineer Cam Duncan.
Luminols is the sound of a band reaching the potential that has been seen by everyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing them live. Five tracks showcasing one of New Zealand’s most exciting acts. Five tracks which succinctly pull apart the genres of electronic, hip-hop and alternative music, and put them back together in the inimitable Yoko-Zuna style.
released May 27, 2016
Frank Eliesa - Keyboards, Synths, Bass
Swap Gomez - Drums, Percussion, Samples
Kenji Holdaway - Guitar, FX, Bass
JY Lee - Flute, Saxophone, FX, Keys, Voice Transformer
All songs written and arranged by Yoko-Zuna.
All lyrics by respective artists.
Recorded at Red Bull Studios by Cam Duncan & Ben Lawson
Mixed by Cam Duncan & Frank Eliesa
Mastered by Cam Duncan.
Artwork by Lyle Hawthorne.
Yoko-Zuna would like to thank our families and friends, P-Digsss, Tom Scott, Laughton Kora, HEAVY, Randa, Lukan Rai$ey, Red Bull Studios, Ben Lawson, Dan Woolston, LOOP, Mikee Tucker, Dan Clist and everyone who has supported us since the beginning!
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