Mr.Spaven does it again - much more than just rhythm with this man Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio).
Richard Spaven is one of the most unique artists in the world. Triple threat drummer, composer, and producer, his voice rings true with clarity and promise. He is the point where jazz meets the world Jose James (Blue Note Records).
Prolific drummer Richard Spaven releases his first full length LP, following on from the acclaimed 'Spaven's 5ive EP'. This latest record 'Whole Other*' showcases the drumming artistry many of us associate with Spaven, combined with his own productions in the realm somewhere between Jazz, Electronica and Soundtracks.
Spaven has supplied the drums for many artists on stage and in the studio - Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few. Working closely with such a diverse range of artists must bare influence upon Spaven's own compositions, in which some how the drums bridge the gap between the worlds of jazz and electronic music.
Spaven's debut release '5ive's EP' (Jazz Refreshed) in 2010 quietly turned heads. Most recently it featured on best selling video game 'Grand Theft Auto V'. With a guest appearance by Jose James on the hypnotic 'Maz', the record was seen by some as a jazz record but was also played out loud by many club DJ's.
'Whole Other*' continues the journey. The music is rich and genre defying. Blue Note Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda appears on the record, playing soulfully amongst ragga tinged drums. GTA V collaborators 'The Hics' join Spaven on the albums title track 'Whole Other*'. UK sounds to the fore - James Blake-esque moody vocals meeting Spaven's edgy broken drums head on. Guitarist Stuart McCallum's (The Cinematic Orchestra) signature sound is prominent - Spaven has been working with him since their meeting on stage with Cinematic a few years ago and he features throughout the record.
In keeping with Spaven's passion for the club scene - 'Whole Other*' will be followed by some remixes from Mala (DMZ), Ital Tek (Planet Mu), Falty DL (Ninja), Frederic Robinson (Blu Mar Ten).
Gilles Peterson, BBC Worldwide
José James, Blue Note Records