The latest signee on famed London-based label, Soundway Records, Reuben Vaun Smith arrives on the scene with a sound that is fully-formed and poised, which is impressive considering he never originally intended on becoming a musician. Reuben’s dreams of becoming a professional soccer player were quashed by a severe knee injury at age 18, but he soon found a new career path after his grandfather gifted him a MIDI keyboard. Reuben taught himself music production while cooped up in the backyard shed of his Yorkshire home, and the fruits of his endeavours can be heard on this lush, nostalgic debut EP arriving August 21st,
Despite maintaining such a languid, carefree vibe, the track never grows stale, constantly evolving and finding new, intricate rhythms and eclectic instrumental arrangements. This speaks to Reuben’s restless and expansive energy as a musician. What Reuben maybe lacks in fancy recording equipment or extensive musical training, he more than makes up for in his creativity, and the generous, warm, inviting soundscapes he so naturally and beautifully conjures.