Surfacing: YAAKS

on Saturday, November 06, 2010
Words: Saam Das

Back in 2008, I wrote about a band from Eastbourne called Your Friends Are Architects. I had high hopes for them, commenting that: "this lot are effectively the less pretentious younger brothers of Foals. Let's hope they can emulate their counterpart's success." Well, that didn't quite happen and they split up at the start of 2009.

I was reliably informed (thanks to a nice bloke called Pete who emailed me) that at least one of YFAA has gone onto form YAAKS, a band steadily building hype after Carl at Illegal Tender bigged them up. The Recommender has lifted the lid on some more details about the band, making me less annoying about their "air of mystery" nonsense. Regardless, the tracks is the most important aspect of any band and YAAKS definitely have something exciting about them, in that respect.

'HRHRHYTHM' sounds like a party mix of Friendly Fires and early Foals. It's attracted the attention of BBC Radio 1, with Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank all playing the song recently. Unsurprisingly so, as YAAKS' effortless calypso pop is the perfect antidote to our ever gloomier evenings. There's also a glitchy Odessa remix of the track below, which you may be interested in.



Listen to another track, 'BRKLYN FIG 1', on Soundcloud.

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