SPAVEN X SANDUNES

New collaboration between Mumbai-based producer Sandunes & UK drummer & producer Richard Spaven announce new eponymous EP out Sept 11th via !K7. They are sharing the track "Tree of Life".

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Spaven x Sandunes is a collaboration of musical worlds, where one of the most respected producers on the burgeoning Mumbai electronic scene, Sandunes, meets London-based drummer Richard Spaven, renowned for his distinctive jazz-influenced improvisational percussion work with Flying Lotus & Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune’s Jordan Rakei, Cinematic Orchestra, Goldie, Mala & many more.

Today they have announced eponymous EP ‘Spaven x Sandunes’ for release on September 11th via !K7 and have shared the first track Tree of Life”.

The EP sees the signature sparkling, effervescent production work on Sandunes' Sanaya Ardeshir marry seamlessly with Spaven's distinctive, expressive contemporary jazz percussion-work. Through texture and rhythm they create intensely vibrant soundscapes, full of light and impressionistic bold strokes of colour. The result is a vividly evocative and invigorating listen.

Sanaya Ardeshir and Richard Spaven’s first meeting was obscure - at a 5am soundcheck in an empty festival field in Pune.

Since then, they have been traversing logistical gaps and borders through the language of shared intent, collaboration, and connection.

Although unusual to fly 5000 miles around the world to work with somebody you barely know, Ardeshir’s idea was finally realised in February 2019, when the duo were at last able to come together in a studio in Mumbai. Similar work ethic and shared inspiration spawned an intense week of writing and recording sessions followed by months or long-distance file sharing. 


“What I've loved about working with Richard is watching his deep commitment to the integrity of an idea” 

comments Ardeshir.

 “A lot of the initial themes were built around the idea of sharing a stage and including the audience in our collaboration. Eventually, however, the music we were building revealed a sound-map of sorts between our worlds of influence, inspired from the neighbourhoods where the music was started and finished.”


After months of back-and-forth, the record was finally completed over 4 days recording in Bristol, UK. The resulting work sees a mix of forward-thinking drum language and intricate synthwork weave together in a moody, free-flowing sonic tapestry that feels airy, fresh and intoxicating.


SPAVEN X SANDUNES

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