Pre-order of Termina EP. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Purchasable with gift card
releases May 17, 2019
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
• Five track 12" • In R&S house sleeve
Includes digital pre-order of Termina EP.
You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
R&S welcome emerging UK bass and techno producer Yak AKA John Randall for a 5 track EP of rugged broken beat techno, following up stellar EPs for Version, Martyn's label 3024, and VA releases on Le Chatroom and Brotherhood Soundsystem.
A classically trained instrumentalist primarily based in Sheffield, Randall began making his name as a resident at the cities seminal Pretty Pretty Good parties, quickly picking up the production bug and in recent years scoring a number of heaters, most notably the propulsive techno of 2017’s Mido EP on Version which reached the top of Phonica’s illustrious
Singles of the Year list.
Finding a kinship with the off-kilter grooves found on Swamp 81, Hessle Audio, Livity Sound and Timedance amongst others, Randall's releases have been tipped by the likes of Ben UFO, Martyn, Objekt, Call Super, Laurel Halo and Midland and marked him out as a name to watch.
Restless rhythms are in full atendence in the inspired rush of the tracks 'Wide Eye' & 'Spore'; "I started them the day after going to a sick party when the energy from the previous night was still fresh in my mind". The idea for the track 'Skooma' came to Randall while at home messing with foley samples and processing random noises like scissors cutting and paper being crunched. 'Termina' was constructed after a week long binge of listening to ambient soundscapes, movie & video game soundtracks and fellow R&S allum DjRum's album on repeat.
Randall's attention to detail and sonic craftsmanship alongside irresistable rhythms are a key part of what makes Yak music so alluring. “The music I make is always underlaid with a strong percussive foundation first and foremost," Randall explains "I think interesting and groovy percussion makes the difference between a track that's cool to listen to and a track that makes you move your body.”
Music heads have been fiending for "Glisten" since Joy O's Dekmantel Mix from a few years ago. That heavy bassline and signature Tessela chopped vocals were seared into our memories. It was worth the wait. Lanark Artefax's "Intimidating Stillness Mix" of "Touch Absence" is a futuristic twist of his track from Whities 011, one of the best EPs of 2017. Shout out to Nic Tasker and Whities for having such a selective ear and for making these available digitally for all to enjoy. Edward