We caught up with Brighton based neo-soul band, Yakul. Based in a sound studio at our Werks Central building, Yakul have an upcoming headline show at Komedia on the 25th November so we dug a bit deeper to find out what to expect!
With core influences from the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four-piece Yakul put a unique spin on the music they’ve grown up with. Marrying together thoughtful, soulful lyrics with deep grooves and jazz infused progressions, Yakul seamlessly blend genres to create something fresh and original.
“Forward thinking neo-soul/jazz” – Bonafide Magazine
Yakul’s live show is jaw-dropping, they have already picked up a growing reputation on the live circuit, further cementing their status at the forefront of the international resurgent neo-soul movement.
Yakul have just played a storming set at Love Supreme Festival, were the highlight of Red Bull Polyrhythm events in London and Brighton, as well as ONBlackheath Festival. They have recently supported Erykah Badu’s backing band RC & The Gritz at Ronnie Scott’s, coming back again in August to support Bluey’s from Incognito project Citrus Sun, as well as doing the late show on the same day. Catch them and very special guests live at The Pickle Factory.
“As much neo-soul as it is all out pop” – Record of the day
April 2019 saw the release of the lush and colourful ‘Daydreaming’, the first single to be taken from their debut EP ”Getting Late” which features collaborations with leading players from the burgeoning London jazz and soul-scene – Louis VI, Sheila M. Maurice-Grey and Charlie Stacey. This debut includes singles supported by tastemakers across the world, such as Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1Xtra, KCRW, Mi-Soul Radio, just to mention a few.
Yakul are comprised of James Berkeley (vocals and keys), Tom Caldwell Nichols (bass), Sam Hughes (drums) and Leo Utton (guitar).
More praise for Yakul:
“Brilliant track” Gilles Peterson¨ – BBC6Music
“I really love this band” Jamz Supernova¨ – BBC1xtra
“Yakul channel soulful lyrics through deep grooves and jazz-infused progressions” – Red Bull
“Their D’Angelo style grooves combined with snippets of Frank Ocean-esque melodies are a treat” – London In Stereo