(Yuvi Havkin) is a producer from Tel-Aviv, who splices together funk, hip-hop, breakbeats and jazz. He’s helped cultivate Israel’s modern beat movement, and fostered a community of international artists who contribute to his Raw Tapes label. His Stones Throw debut Energy Dreams will be released August 31.
Energy Dreams’ name, track titles and visuals — created by Yuvi’s Raw Tapes co-founder Guy Glikshtein, aka Jengo — draw on the psychedelia of spiritual jazz, and are inspired by visions Yuvi saw in a series of lucid dreams shortly after recording the album.
The radical potential of jazz informs both Yuvi’s philosophy on life and his music, which shares a nonconformist take on the genre with the likes of Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood or Flying Lotus. With more than 20 releases to his name under several aliases, Havkin also plays in the band Buttering Trio, and has collaborated with the likes of Mndsgn, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Oh No, among others.
Raised in a musical family, Yuvi has been experimenting with different instruments since he can remember. His great-grandmother Thelma Yellin was a renowned cellist and the namesake of the arts school he attended, while both of his brothers are also musicians (his younger brother Nomok contributes keys on the record). That background feeds into the collaborative spirit of Energy Dreams, which features contributions from Rejoicer’s labelmate Mndsgn, jazz pianist Nitai Hershkovits, Raw Tapes’ Sefi Zisling, and Guy Glikshtein (aka Jengo).
Visuals are central to Energy Dreams, from the bizarre dreamscape of Glikshtein’s artwork to the custom visuals that accompany the Rejoicer live show. Says Glikshtein about the first video he created for “Double Astral Move,” “This is the first part in a series of videos that visually render the bigger narratives found in Rejoicer’s new album. It is inspired by the significance of dreams and the fluidity of awareness.”
Describing Energy Dreams’ exploration of the liminal spaces between unconsciousness and waking, Yuvi says, “I wanted to create an atmosphere of freedom; of walking in unfamiliar territories while still feeling at home and at ease. There’s a huge music world in my head that I hadn’t expressed or explained, and I decided to try tap into that world of sounds.”