Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Album: Context 4, out now via Self-Release
RIYL: Afrofuturism. Sci-fi. History.
I love when an instrumental artist can convey such a strong sense of voice and personality without lyrics. Yuni Wa has been steadily building a (very prolific) career focused on his own brand of Afrofuturistic electronic music, and his clarity of vision has never been sharper and more delightful than on his latest.
Context 4 was not in his original planned Context series, so it’s only natural that this record ends up being his shining jewel. Drenched in soulful arrangements, undulating storytelling, and the sense that no song is going to end where it starts, everything about Yuni Wa’s stunning achievement sings. The fact that these songs are downright catchy and fun is only the cherry on top. So, what was his inspiration for this record?
“I wanted to make a body of work and instrumentals that was ear catching, I wanted to blur the lines of how albums can be made also. I wanted to tell a story, even though I’m moving from genre to genre each song, I wanted people to hear and feel the evolution. I wanted to create depth through blending all these different sounds and creating a constantly changing soundscape, where you can hear the high energy points in the album and the points where it gets really chill. I wanted to make something that was balanced sonically but still interesting.”
That diversity plays out with the narrative aspects as well, as he notes: “There are a lot of vastly different concepts that went into this album and the songs, but with the record overall, I want people to just keep their eyes open to the things that are changing and the things that have never changed.”
Watch the video for “America The Miserable” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCMkqEwhF44