Following René LaVice’s seminal ‘Far From Perfect’ LP released through Ram Records / BMG in 2018, he returned alongside album collaborator Jareth for her remix package.
She brought a host of artists on board to have their take on her ‘Moonchild’ EP, a release which helped push her to critical acclaim across both press and radio, René LaVice made a welcome addition to its heavyweight track listing.
Having already defined herself within dance music featuring beside the likes of Ultra Record’s Chris Lake, as well as the release of Hybrid Minds’ rework of her record ‘Kaleidoscope’, she’s crossed over many genre constraints. Her support on radio tastemakers BBC 1xtra, Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1 comes as little surprise – whether you consider her past collaboration with grime artist Ghetts, or worldwide fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, Jareth is the true essence of an artist.
René LaVice has also had his own show-stopping moments. As well as securing his Radio 1 residency for their drum & bass show, he’s played sets at some of music’s festivals, such as Nass, Let it Roll and Arcadia in London.
His take on Jareth’s ‘Rings of Saturn’ record twists the original on its head, whilst injecting the same energy he orchestrates throughout his live sets. René’s heavyweight bass credentials and crunching snares juxtapose Jareth’s stunning vocal highs for an ultimate dancefloor cut. It presents the perfect addition to Jareth’s EP, as well as a back catalogue of remixes which have pushed René’s name throughout the wider music circuit. With his octane style blending amongst Jareth’s emotive signature, they offer a rework which platforms the stellar attributes of both artists within their respective musical fields.
And after being inspired by the rework, artist Russell Cobb created a visual masterpiece to go alongside. After sitting down and discussing the project, he produced drawings and ideas from listening to the track. As a result, many paintings were created and he emphasizes how it was such an ‘open brief’ and ‘creative’ process’, following a ‘release response to the music’.
His illustrations are brought to life by animator Charlie Cross – and he highlights how ‘as an illustrator, it is incredibly exciting to see my paintings become animated, and this has brought fresh interest in my work, opening doors to new areas’. This was as an unpredictable collaboration, although it’s something Russell enjoyed exploring, especially as ‘working with René LaVice and his remix and the incredible artist Jareth has been so different and so much fun.’
He continued that ‘seeing my work come to life with intense DnB music, collaborating with people at the top of their game in the music business is fresh and exciting.’
Russell was chairman of the Association of Illustrators for five years, winning many industry awards, including D&AD Silver, Best in Book in the Creative Review’s Illustration Annual and five Association of Illustrators Best of British Gold Awards. In 2003, the Independent UK national newspaper voted him as one of Britain’s top ten illustrators.