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Yakul - Take Flight
Brighton based four-piece Yakul cut an idiosyncratic figure in British music. Marrying introspective emotive lyrics with deep grooves and jazz-infused progressions, they’ve created a sound that is matchless in depth and in its voracious fusion of styles across the musical spectrum. Yakul have picked up a growing reputation on the live circuit, further cementing their status at the forefront of the international R&B, jazz and soul movement.
Yakul’s debut album Rise Indigo racked up over 500 plays on UK radio with support from Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova, Jazz FM and more, then going on to tour the UK and sell out their headline debut at the esteemed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Followed by yet more headline slots at Brick Lane Jazz Festival and The Great Escape, word of Yakul’s unforgettable live performances has spread far and wide, complemented by their 100k monthly listeners and over 5 millions streams.
Getting Late, the band’s debut EP, was released in 2019 with support from key tastemakers. Lead track ‘Blossoming’ was voted #6 Track of the Year on Gilles Peterson’s prestigious Worldwide Awards 2020, while the band was nominated for Best Jazz Act of the Year at the Urban Music Awards that same year. They secured five spots in Spotify’s New Music Friday UK in the previous year as well as a variety of notable editorial playlists. In 2021 they released a reworking of their hugely popular single ‘Company’ with a feature from Mereba.
With a remix from Ishmael Ensemble tying up the Rise Indigo campaign back in June, Yakul have lent their talents to their own fair share of remixes, including Adeline’s ’Stages’ and Ruth Koleva & Diggs Duke’s ‘Beyond Borders’. The four-piece performed their first Glastonbury shows this summer, rounding off touring for the year alongside prolific collaborator edbl.