March 23 2022


Yank!’s playlist reveals a few key sonic influences behind the band’s luscious, sophisticated sound.

The title of Yank!’s Stupa can be seen to work in a couple of ways. On the one hand, in line with the band’s psychedelic tints, a stupa is a kind of domed Buddhist shrine, yet a stupor – as in an intensely dulled sense of consciousness – feels apt too. The four-piece specialises in a certain brand of subdued, understated, sophisticated kind of pop music, both gentle in its presentation but loaded with funk, soul and smatterings of psych oddity.

Stupa is Yank!’s first full record, following the EPs Slinky! (2018) and Space Out (2019). The band has listed the likes of Shintaro Sakamoto, Homeshake and Khruangbin as influences – all of which certainly make sense within this distinctive vein of unflustered, erudite pop.

Following the release of Stupa, Yank! curated a playlist for The Glow. The band’s choices feature a selection of all-time favourites, from lush parapets of R&B and soul to reggae classics – many of which, naturally, have somewhat influenced the band’s course.

Listen to Stupa on Spotify and Apple Music.


El Michels Affair – “Murkit Gem” (2021)

A song from one of the founders of Big Crown Records, one of my favourite labels.


Timmy Thomas – “Why Can’t We Live Together” (1972)

One of our favourite songs made with a drum machine.


Ponderosa Twins Plus One – “Bound” (1971)

A track from my favourite reissue label, Numero Group.


Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters – “Bird in Hand” (1978)

We found this from dub – anyway, the drums sound great.


ECD – “Evil Eye” (2008)

Listen to ECD on Spotify.

ECD’s tracks have the air of the Japanese underground and psychedelia.


DJ Harrison – “Pete Rockin’” (2014)

A track from a recent beatmaker. DJ Harrison’s Sly [and the Family Stone] tribute disc is also insanely good.

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Author: Ed Cunningham

Artist Tags: Yank!

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