Illustrious Sheffield-based artist Yarni (real name Benjamin Harris) shares a brand new outing in the form of ‘Orgone’, a sonically picturesque, flavoursome house tip that sees him link up with close collaborators Give Me Monaco and Emily Marks. It’s a glorious meeting of coveted musical minds, with swathes of gorgeous live instrumentation fusing with a wide variety of electronic rhythmics; there’s organic elements galore on show, combined wonderfully by all involved.
Freshly signed by EMK – the new electronic music platform launched by Kartel Music Group – ‘Orgone’ sees Yarni’s exemplary first release on the imprint, ahead of rumours of a forthcoming new album this year. Luscious, expertly-crafted and mesmeric at its core, this new single showcases the very best of Yarni’s esteemed artistic talents. Initially “part-written pre-Covid”, Yarni and aforementioned electronic purveyor and abstract artist Give Me Monaco (GMM) “finished off the track, and knew it needed that final sparkle”, enlisting electronic cellist Emily Marks “to lay down some takes which really helped to transform the feeling of euphoria on the track.”
With live and electronic drums from Yarni, synths and melodies from GMM and a sprinkle of cello from Marks, it’s effortlessly original, euphoric and technologically impressive in equal measure. In Yarni’s words, “Orgone is Leigh [Give Me Monaco] and myself picking up where we left off, and forms part of a bigger ongoing project which will rear its head in 2022.” It’s a collaborative mindset that will soon see the Sheffield prodigy try his hand on the live circuit, with plenty of exciting plans afoot.
Hailed as “amazing” by the late, great electronic icon Andrew Weatherall and legendary scene stalwart DJ Harvey, Yarni is a learned multi-instrumentalist and passionate musician at heart, playing drums, percussion, guitar and keys, often learning as he goes, and this authentic DIY attitude has led to some serious, sustained support across radio, tastemaker and regional/national/online outlets. Signifying a new shift in artistic direction, Yarni self-released well received afro-jazz cut ‘Transitions’ early last year, picking up rave plaudits from the likes of Jazz FM, Worldwide FM & Bandcamp Weekly, but it was encompassing 2021 concept album ‘Boro’ that really cemented his new stance, rounding out a momentous year with his inclusion in Spotify’s Class of 2021 for Fresh Finds UK and Ireland.
Inspired by a trip to Japan, ‘Boro’ showcases Yarni’s “ambition to keep moving forward musically, touching on diverse influences from jazz, funk, rock and electronica”. It was a certified success across the board, garnering widespread acclaim from Luke Unabomber – “Absolute bomb”, Tim Garcia (Jazz FM) – “Just amazing music” and Electronic Sound Magzine – “Yarni’s style is dreamy and gently groovy. Particularly easy to love”, amongst further support from Progressive Astronaut, Now Then Magazine, Proper Magazine and Sheffield Star, with the latter stating: “Perhaps simply by not fitting within the common denominator, he’s exactly where he belongs.” Yarni is in a lane of his own.
With Nemone (BBC Radio 6) describing his work as “absolutely sublime”, Yarni’s enigmatic polymerisation of jazz, funk, disco, house, electronica, afro and world is a gorgeous, sunshine-etched mix of genuine depth and ebbing musicality, and there’s plenty more in the pipeline.
‘Orgone’ is out now, stream it here.