Such is his influence and constant presence in countless prominent musical projects, Richard Spaven’s name is one that should ring true at the instant of drummer talk. Accompanying an understated approach that consistently prioritises groove over flamboyance, is Spaven’s towering flexibility, grown out of the drummer’s diverse musical taste. One which has seen him line up alongside the likes of The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Flying Lotus and José James; and we can’t be more excited by his latest musical union.
Heartbreaking soul-crooner Jordan Rakei joins Spaven on his latest LP project, The Self; in which Spaven explores the idea of bringing the club to the basement. In a stunning collection of 9 tracks, taking his love for styles like drum n bass, broken beat and dubstep, Spaven re-homes theses styles within the jazz club; channelling their essence through his rhythmical genius.
We are delighted to premiere today the hypnotic title track along with an exclusive video first look. ‘The Self’ is a cerebral journey, hitting that double-time sweet spot at 140bpm so often used in dubstep. Spaven leaves you searching for his inner metronome as he effortlessly rides over the main pulse whilst deep grounding synths fill the soundspace from the bottom up canvassed by syncopating chords and Rakei’s impeccable tones. Supporting almost perfectly, the visuals place both figures in a space with nothing but a few bright lights plunging all else into darkness, just like the behind the spotlight on that basement stage.
The self single is release 7th April with the full title to follow in June.