Yak – Gerudo [Phonica Records]


Yak, real name John Randall, is a Sheffield-based classically trained musician. He’s had a number of releases on respected labels such as R&S Records, 3024 and Black Beacon. However, it was his “Midi/Darunia” 12” on Version that really caught Phonica Records’ ears the most and got them to pursue him for the next release on their main imprint. The Gerudo EP is a 4 track affair with a percussive presence to be reckoned with. Our premiere today is the B2 and title track on the record, Gerudo.

It’s built around a loose and organic percussive groove with understated thumpy kicks. An arpeggiated melody and metallic synth stabs are the first semblance of machine intervention. Followed up by warm airy pads, the track then steadily builds up and transitions into an intoxicating euphoric piece that’s bound to close a few eyes on a late night dance floor. Gerudo beautifully balances itself, incorporating natural instrumentation and analog machines in a harmonious nature. Our only qualm is that we wish it were longer.

Be sure to check out the rest of the EP and particularly lend an ear to our other favourite on the release, the A2, Guevenne Groove. You can pre-order the record directly from the Phonica store.