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  • Release Date 2019-05-17
  • Label R&S Records
  • Catalog RS1906
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."