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).

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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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