8 Tracks: Blurring the Edges of Jazz and Electronica with Ben Hayes

A new EP on R&S lurks just around the corner by a true instrumentalist.

8 Tracks: Blurring the Edges of Jazz and Electronica with Ben Hayes

A new EP on R&S lurks just around the corner by a true instrumentalist.

At the end of this month R&S Records will release a new EP from renowned musician Ben Hayes, a producer and instrumentalist who has been pivotal amidst the experimental fringes of jazz, house and electronica. He's been involved in several influential projects and has worked alongside innovators such as Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones, Rosie Turton and Maxwell Owin as well as remixing for the likes of Vök, Flamingods and SumoChief. Nubya Garcia actually appears on the new EP...

The new release sits delicately poised between genre and style, difficult to define, much like the backdrop of Ben's own musical influences and tastes. The new EP see's him breathe new life into his own personal outlook to music which as of late has become swamped by a busy work schedule and commitments to a wide array of projects. 

In turn we would describe it as his most accomplished work yet. 

We've asked him to curate a playlist made up of the music which has inspired his own evolution as an artist, the space between jazz and electronica. 

See below:


Buy the EP HERE

Maxwell Owin - Allthis

Two south-east London production powerhouses Kiran Kai & Maxwell Owin put this together some years ago for a compilation on Chris Coco’s Melodica imprint. When Max first played me this, my jaw hit the floor the moment that melody entered. It’s such deft & delicate production, built around a sample from sax player George Winstone. I can’t believe more people haven’t heard this track.

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