So a little bit late this week, but with valid reason. See… we wanted to bring you the GOOD stuff. And sure enough here it is on an exclusive tip… a little jazz inspired mix from probably one of the most in demand drummers of the moment, Mr Richard Spaven. Having provided the musical backbone to many a musician (Flying Lotus, Robert Mitchell, José James, The Cinematic Orchestra and a long list of the broken beat fraternity to name but a few), here Richard steps out from behind the drums to turn his hand to selecting and in the process blesses us with a little 47 minute mix featuring some of his current favourites. There’s brand newness from Mark de-Clive Lowe via Gene Harris (You need to check the digital EP) and Brainfeeder’s Austin Peralta, recent tracks from Robert Mitchell 3io and Dave Holland/Pepe Habichuela, Richard’s own collab with José James and a take on the classics from Abbey Lincoln, Bobby Hutcherson and McCoy Tyner. The mix ends on the anthemic “Perpetual” from Gideon van Gelder, a stunning piece of music released last year on Heavenly Sweetness.
Stream the mix below and join the mailing list to cop the download. Don’t own Richard’s EP yet? Then read on for your chance to win a (now very rare) physical copy of the CD…
Austin Peralta – Introduction The Lotus Flower
Gene Harris – Koko & Lee Roe (Mark de Clive-Lowe Re-make)
Robert Mitchell 3io – The Greater Good
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela – Hands
Richard Spaven – Maz (feat José James)
Abbey Lincoln – Throw It Away
Bobby Hutcherson – A Night In Barcelona
McCoy Tyner – Effendi
Gideon Van Gelder – Perpetual
WIN A COPY OF RICHARD SPAVEN’S 5IVES
Back in December, Richard dropped his debut release on the fledgling Jazz re:freshed label (Check out their Thursday night throwdowns for more jazz runnings) to positve reaction. Entitled ‘Spaven’s 5ives‘ it’s a six track strong EP of genre-defying modern jazz with a hip hop lean. Bringing together some of London’s finest musicians and enlisting guest appearances from José James and DJ DooWop, the album sold out quickly on it’s initial limited run and is now pretty hard (read impossible) to get hold of in physical form (for digital, you can hit the trusty iTunes store). But we just happen to have a duplicate copy knocking around the studio, so in celebration of Richard sharing this mix with us, we’d like to share something back and offer someone the opportunity to get their hands on this lovely album. Simply answer the following question and we’ll pick a name at random on 27th April…
Name the first track on ‘Spaven’s 5ives‘ AND to what it owes it’s name…
Simply email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll inform the winner in a week.
(For a clue, you might want to watch the first minute of the following video)