Yakul are a four-piece neo soul band from Brighton, UK, influenced by the likes of J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, with a growing reputation within the rapidly growing new soul and jazz movement coming out of the UK at the moment.
Yakul released their critically-acclaimed debut EP ‘Getting Late’ in August 2019, picking up key radio support from tastemakers Gilles Peterson (6Music), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra) and KCRW (LA), alongside Spotify and Deezer official playlist support including Jazz UK and Soultronic. They released a new single ‘Holidays’ in November 2019. ‘Blossoming’ off the EP has been nominated as the Track of the Year at the prestigious Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2020, winners to be announced in late January.
The band consists of James Berkeley (vocals and keys), Tom Caldwell Nichols (bass), Sam Hughes (drums) and Leo Utton (guitar), all session level players who have created an excellent live show. Yakul performed multiple times at Ronnie Scotts in 2019, alongside some key festival performances including Love Supreme and On Blackheath, and supports including Mildlife and Joel Culpepper.
2020 brings Yakul’s second EP release, due in the summer, starting with their next single, due February 2020, and many more live shows.