R&S Records are proud to announce their signing of producer, composer, sound designer and DJ Ben Hayes, and to unveil his first single for the imprint; ‘Ready Yet’, which features new jazz queen Nubya Garcia.
Hayes skilled musicianship and sonic understanding conjures bright colours, shapes, textures and even spaces within the stereo spectrum. With formal training in jazz as his foundation, Ben has accumulated influences from the LA beat scene, techno, IDM/electronica, spiritual jazz and 3D sound, citing Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Alice Coltrane, Juan Atkins, Pharoah Sanders and Blawan as current inspirations.
Equipped with a broad range of studio skills (including making his own tools for software) and an ability to play keys plus electric/double bass, he’s been deep amidst the South London scene since it began, watching others rise whilst patiently honing his craft.
Ben has been called upon by an impressive list of talent, which includes producing for Puma Blue, Poppy Ajudha, Oscar Jerome, Maisha and Carmody, collaborating with Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin, and remixing Vök, Flamingods and SumoChief.
With a contacts book like Ben’s, it’s little surprise he was able to call upon Garcia, who adds her dulcet sax to the slinky ‘Ready Yet’, which matches Floating Points for sparkling, melodic freshness and J Dilla for lopsided, low slung thump.
Despite being busily ensconced providing his multiple talents to others, Hayes found the time to record and self-release his ‘We Must Cultivate’ and ‘Hedonia’ EPs, which gained keen support from the likes of Complex, Stamp The Wax and FACT.
As part of a recent appetite for new live interpretations of seminal albums (that has also seen Byron Wallen perform Boards Of Canada and Ishmael Ensemble play Yellow Magic Orchestra) Ben was approached by Classic Album Sundays to perform Aphex Twin’s timeless ‘Selected Ambient Works 85 – 92’. Hugely positive feedback from the audience at Jazz Café plus venues in Liverpool, Manchester Antwertp and Rotterdam culminated in a sold-out show at London venue Oval Space.
The two sides to producer Steve White’s music—futurism and soulfulness—sit more comfortably together than ever before on his latest album as Steve Spacek, which balances boundary-testing sonics with earnest, heart-on-sleeve lyrics. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 11, 2018