LONDON Pickle Factory
13-14 The Oval, London
Yakul launch their EP Getting Late at an intimate and dreamy evening of jazz and neo-soul. They combine serious instrumental chops (think Vulfpeck) with clever songwriting and luxury-vocals (a la Hiatus Kaiyote).
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. April 2019 saw the release of the lush and colourful 'Daydreaming', the first single to be taken from their debut EP Getting Late which is arriving in late July. 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.
'Brilliant track' Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 (on 'Getting Late' single off the new EP)
'I really love this band' Jamz Supernova, BBC 1xtra
'Yakul channel soulful lyrics through deep grooves and jazz-infused progressions' Red Bull