Florida based saxman Michael J. Thomas is back with his latest single, “Sippin’ The Yak,” the second lead single from Stream’n Love, his highly anticipated new EP. Written by Thomas and keyboardist Trammell Starks and produced by Thomas, Starks and Carl Griffin, the track is a silky, mid-tempo light funk ballad that begins in a dreamy and inviting atmospheric flow before bursting into one of Thomas’ most infectious soprano driven hooks ever. Longtime urban jazz fans may detect the slight influence of the late George Howard – and with good reason. Just before recording the track in Atlanta, co-producer Carl Griffin – who as an exec with GRP Records worked with the R&B/jazz soprano sax legend in the 90s – played Thomas some classic Howard tracks. Another cool connection is Sam Sims, the bassist on “Sippin’ the Yak,” who played with Howard back in the day. As for the quirky title, “Yak” is an urban euphemism for “Cognac.” Smooth and Tasty!