Boomkat Product Review:
Yak exerts a canny new spin on classic rave and broken beat tropes on a fine debut for R&S landing somewhere between Lone, Shed and Djrum styles
Echoing Yak’s 12”s for Version and Martyn’s 3024, put pushing them headlong into ruder, spaced-out areas of the rave, the ‘Termina EP’ locates an artist wickedly in flux, finding their feet, but clearly in possession of their own style.
A-side racks up the devilishly playful fusion of dancing chords and latinate, ‘ardcore acid swang in ‘Wide Eye’, before testing out whirring Joe or Ploy-style rhythms in ‘Skooma’, and pushing a tight mix of Jersey kicks, cunty drums and natty electronics in ‘Stampede’, leaving him room to stretch out with IDM/footwork/jungle sound designs on ‘Termina’, and tech 2562-like mechanics in ‘Spore’.
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