Yuka is releasing their 3rd CD on September 25th at Lula Lounge.
Never heard of them? Well, for those who don’t know, YUKA is a 5 piece Toronto-based band that plays old school funk and soul music. Maybe you’ve stumbled upon them on a hot summer night at the Drake or the Reservoir Lounge, or maybe you heard the buzz about them from the tastemakers around town. Don’t let the fact that they are jazz grads fool you into thinking they are simply nerds with no performance edge. These guys have style, and keep you moving. Their recent album Pitfall showcases the band’s hard hitting and dynamic sound, with tight horn melodies and energetic grooves. It was recorded at Verge music studios with Rueben Ghose and was mixed by Phil Spencer. Kinda reminds you of the Stax sound, like the Meters with a young, tomorrow vibe.
All songs on Pitfall are written by guitarist James Taylor. The arrangements however, are the result of the wide variety of tastes and musical experiences that a band can create together after 7 plus years of collaboration. While funk, soul, and jazz are the foundation of the Yuka sound, other styles such as psychedelic, soft rock, and 70’s game show themes are integrated to give this album a unique and eclectic flavour.
Yuka has recently added vocalist Claire Doyle to the mix to add even more soul to their danceable sound. Claire, infused with a passion for performing high-energy music, seems to possesses an old soul. Motown Diva Martha Reeves, having mentored Claire early in her career, relayed: “She is a naturally gifted artist and I look forward to celebrating her future successes”. Claire’s first EP with YUKA entitled “Chasing Around” has the magnetic charm of your favourite soul/funk 45’s finished off with YUKA’s own brand of seductive grooves.
For the Lula show, Yuka will add are going to have Todd Pentney on keys and Max Senitt on percussion. 8 piece YUKA band, the largest to date. Opening up for them will be The Responsables and on the DJ decks will be DJ Good Vibes. Check out the Facebook event.
YUKA: Pitfall CD release party, Thursday, Sept. 25. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.
$15 at the door with a CD $10 at the door without a CD, Doors 9 p.m.
Also featuring The Responsables and DJ GoodVibes
Yuka is: Patric McGroarty – Trumpet/Backup Vocals/Tambourine , Ben MacDonald – Sax/Backup Vocals , James Taylor – Guitar/Backup Vocals, Ryan Spratt – Bass/Backup Vocals, Chino Devilla – Drums, Claire Doyle – Lead Vocals