Jakil – Istanbul – Play It Again, Sam

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Jakil - Istanbul

Feel Good. Get The Funk.

I like funk. In 2006 I had the chance to go to see the inimitable James Brown in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For free. Due to rampant assholery on my part, I got accidentally drunk the night before and missed the entire gig the next day. On a scale of one to stupid, that life decision was about a 42. It’s right up there with the time I decided not to go to see Fugazi in 2001 as I only knew them because Kurt Cobain wrote their name on his Converse. I figured they couldn’t be that good. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

You’d be nearly as stupid as me if you ignore “Istanbul” by London based quartet Jakil. It’s a spicy slice of indie funk that will cure what ails you nearly as well as a spoonful of slurry (that’s a Simpsons reference. If you didn’t get it, I don’t like you and we’re not friends).

The band hail from Scotland, describe their music as gritty pop  and claim their music has elements of Foals and the 1975. In an interview with Wow 24/7, they declared that all they want in life is to make people dance: “No matter where we play, our aim is to have every person moving with the music from start to finish, whether its bopping your head or full-on hands-in-the-air dancing.”

Jakil will play The Sebright Arms in London on September 29th. 

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