YAKUL QuickFire Questions

Brighton based neo-soul 4-piece Yakul presents their stunning new track Streetlight.

What was the first album you bought?

Remember this quite vividly for some reason, it was Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age. Had to get my mate Dave to go to the counter and get it ‘cos it had a parental advisory sticker and I was 12 or something haha.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

We’ve all got very varied tastes so I’ll just talk in broad strokes about stuff we all agree on I guess? There’s the obvious stuff like Dilla and D’angelo that informs so much about what anyone who plays our style of music does, more modern R’n’B like Mac Ayres and Daniel Caesar sounds amazing right now too.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

Anyone who’s really dedicated and single minded about their craft is really inspiring to us. We all watched the documentary Free Solo last year and were in awe of Alex Honnold, it’s hard to not want to get off your arse and do something productive when you can see people so dedicated to perfection.

Tell us about your new single Streetlight?

Streetlight was the first track that we finished when we started writing this new release and we kind of knew that it was the first thing we wanted to put out. There’s a lot going on in it, but unlike some of the other tracks we’ve done that are quite busy this one came together really quickly. Sam Barsh did an amazing job on the production and kept the live feel of it, which was really dope too, shouts to him! Lyrically, Streetlight is about one of those proper unhealthy infatuations with someone where you know it’s not going to end well but you keep going back. As the song progresses this is realised more and more which causes a higher level of inner conflict, but it’s still not enough to break away completely.

What can we expect from you in 2020?

Loads and loads of shows, some in some new countries we’ve not been to and loads of new music. Very stoked for 2020! $$$