Yao

yao One syllable Yao (pronounced yow) is a young, talented producer hailing from SF's Bay Area, whose many influences include jazz, funk, soul, Brazilian, black futuristic, and psychedelic music and movements, which he incorporates into his own distinct style of production. It goes without saying that percussion and rhythm are of great importance to this young man, growing up in an environment where music of his mother's native Ghana was constantly playing in the household.

He met Solos co-founder DJ Enso in college and together they started to DJ regularly. They earned a good reputation playing all kinds of hiphop, funk, reggae, dancehall, afrobeat and disco. While still in college Yao got a job working at a local recordstore in Berkeley, this gave him the opportunity to learn a ton about the music he loved. From working and spending endless hours in record stores, to sitting at home with his own extensive record collection being schooled on the histories, tales, and evolution of good music, this creative thinker, who has put his own wild style on things now wanting to help carry the torch.

Yao put out "Plantain Is Public" in 2006. It's a musical excursion around the world, into space, and back . As he states, "I wanted to give people a taste of my diverse influences, which are really all across the board, as well as provide an alternative type of listening experience to what most folks are used to hearing these days."

Currently he is busy in the studio, working on new solo material.

yao@solosrecords.com

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EK Quences - from plantain is public
Marts - from plantain is public
Imanes - from plantain is public
Jamas - from plantain is public
SV Real - from skye remix project vol one
YAO REMIXES ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (podcast #14)

PIECES OF A BRASIL THAT CAN FEEL (podcast #17)

PLANTAIN IS PUBLIC (2007)
Yao (aka Yaosers, aka James Acey) takes a Ginsu to tropical pop, lounge-hop, and the like on Plantain Is Public. Sticking to a loose hip-hop formula, Yao's smooth sample-delic mix is crammed with quirky loops. He repeats the odd, languid guitar lick for multiple rounds before spiking it with squirrelly sound effects (bells, whistles, B-movie snippets) and chunks of funk. Key tracks: "Vaulte" melts KRS-One quips into synth 'n' horn grooves, while "Bound" is a mash of jungle dementia. At 2 1/2 minutes max per track, though, these tidbits close out before the sample-censors know what hit 'em.
- SF WEEKLY

PLANTAIN IS PUBLIC (2007)
With an eclectic, densely-layered soundscape featuring everything from re-mixed 70s-era funk guitar over 90s beats to ominous and weird Kool Keith-style sounds, Oakland-based DJ Yao is very much a product of his generation—in the very best of ways... read more
- COOL HUNTING

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