A1 Zip
A2 Guevenne Groove
B1 Fret
B2 Gerudo

Yaks Mido / Darunia 12 on Version caught the ears of everyone here at Phonica so were delighted to welcome him to the family and release his new four track Gerudo EP on our main label. Sheffield-based Yak (John Randall) is a classically trained instrumentalist whose releases for the likes of R&S, 3024 and Black Beacon have all received support from DJs such as Ben UFO, Midland, Joy Orbison, Objekt, Call Super, Or:la and Lauren Halo amongst many others. This new 12 is a great example of how percussion can be the vital core to direct movement on a dancefloor. The record opens with Zip, a nod to the housier tracks that introduced Yak to electronic music. Fine keyboard details add a shades of Techno to a track built on its organic drum break and undulating bassline. Guevenne Groove keeps percussion as its main element, utilising a powerful kick as primary operator and adding colourfully breezy keyboards, which Randall says are inspired by roleplaying video game soundtracks. On the flip Fret, one of the EPs most club-focused tracks. Spacey warped synths construct the melodies while an initially off-kilter drum-groove glues the tracks elements together before resulting in the records peak dancefloor moment. Finally the EP comes to an end with title track Gerudo, floating a wash of synth textures and airy pads over another of Yaks signature percussive drum tracks. A euphoric end to the journey.

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