‘Daydreaming’ continues in the vein of the the momentous work Yakul were doing last year on their singles ‘Realigned’ and ‘Bad Karma’. It’s a bright and warm neo-soul number replete with velveteen guitars, sunshine pop production, a snaking protean bass groove, atmospheric horns and expansive vocal harmonies. It’s the work of a four-piece who understand music at a very high level, but who channel their performance nous into something that’s immediately replayable. Through its masterly interplay of instruments and hook-laden melodies, and through its hip-hop flavoured coda, Yakul have built a sound that doesn’t compromise on the free-wheeling experimentalism of their influences, distilling them into a sound that bears Yakul’s unmistakable stamp. ‘Daydreaming’ is the sound of the Brighton group hitting their stride, and it’s a heady indicator of where they’re headed this year. Listen HERE.
In their own words, “Daydreaming is one of the first songs we completed as a band, we’ve had it ready to go for over a year now. We recorded it in the summer of 2018 With Jim Macrae at his studio in London which was a real step up for us, we were also really stoked to get Charlie Stacey (Yussef Dayes, Moyses Dos Santos) to come in and put down the synth solo.”
Taking as their core influences the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four-piece Yakul already cut an idiosyncratic figure in British music. Marrying introspective and emotive lyrics with deep grooves and jazz-infused progressions, they’ve created a sound that is peerless in its musical depths and its voracious fusion of styles and vibes from across the musical spectrum. Following their two critically-acclaimed single releases in 2018 (‘Realigned’ and ‘Bad Karma’), Yakul have picked up a growing reputation on the live circuit, further cementing their status at the forefront of the international resurgent neo-soul movement. Yakul are comprised of James Berkeley (vocals and keys), Tom Caldwell Nichols (bass), Sam Hughes (drums) and Leo Utton (guitar). They are all in demand session players in their own right.
You can catch Yakul live at the following dates UK dates: