The People’s Lounge presents the Studio Series:
A unique series of monthly shows at the intimate and modern Guildhall Studios, exploring new frontiers in music and the sounds of our collective futures.
A voyage through vibrant contemporary music interweaving styles and traditions across the spectrums of Electronic, Jazz, Nu‐Funk, Neo‐Soul, Latin & African.
With influences like J‐Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four‐piece Yakul cut an idiosyncratic figure in British music.
Marrying introspective emotive lyrics with deep grooves and jazz‐infused progressions, they’ve created a sound that is matchless in its depth and its voracious fusion of styles and vibes across the musical spectrum. Yakul have picked up a growing reputation on the live circuit, further cementing their status at the forefront of the international resurgent neosoul movement.
Their debut EP Getting Late was released in August 2019 with support from tastemakers like Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6, Jamz Supernova on BBC 1Xtra, KCRW, Jazz FM and others.The lead track ‘Blossoming’ off the EP was voted #6 Track of the Year on the prestigious Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2020. In addition, the band was also nominated for the Best Jazz Act of the Year at the Urban Music Awards. Their most recent single ‘Company’ was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK and various publication playlists, going on to become their most streamed song to date.
In February 2022 the band sold‐out a show at renowned London venue Ronnie Scott’s and in November last year, they released their Kaleidoscope EP to general acclaim, capping the cycle with the reworked ‘Company’ featuring Mereba.
For fans of neo‐soul, jazz fusion and deep grooves “Soulful swirling keys, jazz improv arrangements, and soft pop hooks.” – EARMILK
Barbudo deliver pop‐funk, disco, and MOR electro with polished musicianship and pizzazz from their studio in the south of England. Brothers Ben and Harry Stanworth have taken inspiration from the pioneers of funk, soul and disco, to give their contemporary sound a classic and stylish vibe that oozes charm and millennial zeitgeist.
+ Nothing Ventured Vinyl
Carving out a space as distributors of alternative music in Portsmouth, Nothing Venture Vinyl has become a local vinyl temple and seminal cultural hub in the city.
Stacked with an arsenal of eclectic records from Electronic to Jazz, Contemporary Breakbeat to Old School Hip‐Hop, the NVV gang provide a tasty selection of tunes that always brings the vibes.