Saturday, 11 February 2012

Yakka – Street Orchestra EP

All I really want to say about this latest release from Street King is that it had me going, "Oh yeah…" from about the first three seconds. But that wouldn't make for much of a review, would it?

So, looking at it a little more closely… the EP opens with Something For My Soul, a simply beautiful piece of piano-led house music with, ironically enough, an "Oh yeah" vocal refrain (that's used refreshingly sparingly), trumpets and some nice wibbly analogue synths sitting atop crisp, driving 4/4s. Never Knew Love Before is closer to classic King Street soulful house territory with its disco bassline and vocal, while Street Orchestra itself sees the pia-pia-pianos back to the fore on a gently lolloping little hip-swayer. Funky Feedback is a more party-tastic cut that's perhaps one for slightly more commercial floors, while finally Pumping Sax marries the eponymous instrument with tech-house beats and plenty of big room energy.

Not in love with Funky Feedback TBH but Never Knew Love Before, Street Orchestra and Pumping Sax are all very playable and Something For My Soul is downright superb – a jazzy, late-night groover you seriously need to check for yourself.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 5 March

About: Street King is of course an offshoot of NYC's mighty King Street Sounds.

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