Yum Yum's New EP Will Have You Under Their 'Spell'
Spawned from a serendipitous meeting of musical minds, dynamic Australian duo Yum Yum certainly made an impression on us last year with the compelling brand of hip-hop soul that was their 'Slade Meets Jayo' EP. With producer Jayo James drawing on hip-hop, soul, Delta Blues and dub influences to craft brooding, introspective grooves that were weighed with a bluesy gravitas, Natalie Slade's heart-weary, maturely soulful vocal tone proved the perfect complement.
Making a name for themselves on the live scene in Sydney in the time since, they returned earlier in the year with the feel-good vibe of 'Do You Really' in anticipation of their just released 'Spell' EP. Further confirming just why they have snagged an invite to perform at this year's SoulFest, the new EP will indeed have you under its 'spell' as Jayo showcases a broader palette of beats for the lyrically fluent Slade's smoky textures to muse over.
Opening with Slade's intoxicated yearning over the creeping bassline and horn swells of the title track's almost sultry menace, the reggae-hued 'Down' sways its way into the listeners consciousness next with a hypnotic, inviting charm; 'Home''s lush accents and mellow beat find a poignantly insightful Slade on a journey to find a sense of equilibrium amongst turbulent emotions, while Hau's flow graces the spacey wobble of 'Yesterday''s 'what's done is done' philosophizing. Closing out with the exuberant groove and shiny horns of their infectiously addictive collaboration with The Brass Knuckle Brass Band, 'Do You Really', Jayo and Slade have again proved that their instinctive musical synergy is well on its way to making them fixtures on people's playlists.