Richard Spaven Sandunes
Spaven x Sandunes

Spaven x Sandunes
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Catno

K7400LP

Formats

1x Vinyl LP Album

Release date

Sep 3, 2020

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Spaven x Sandunes is a collaboration of musical worlds, where London meets Mumbai, the new project from Richard Spaven and Sanaya Ardeshir is a mix of forward-thinking drum language and intricate synthwork weaving together a moody electro acoustic tapestry. Originally released digitally in September 2020 to critical acclaim, seeing support from Benji B (BBCR1), Giles Peterson (BBC 6Music) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra), this exclusive vinyl edition includes an additional track featuring MC Altaf.

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A1

In Readiness

3:50

A2

Tree Of Life

5:39

A3

Evelyn

5:21

A4

Don't Ask

B1

Can't Say That To You

4:52

B2

Little Ships

4:37

B3

Sustain

4:14

B4

1759 (Outro)

4:50

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