Rejoicer (a.k.a. Yuvi Havkin) is a musician and producer who splices together funk, hip-hop, breakbeats, and jazz rhythms. He's known for helping cultivate Israel’s modern beat movement, and for fostering a community of international artists who contribute to his Tel-Aviv based label Raw Tapes.
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. Havkin has more than 20 releases to his name under several aliases; he also plays in the band Buttering Trio, and has collaborated with the likes of Mndsgn, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Oh No, among others.
His Energy Dreams LP and Stones Throw debut is said to explore the idea of what it means to be awake, and questions the more surreal aspects of human consciousness. It's name, track titles, and visuals—created by Yuvi's Raw Tapes co-founder Guy Glikshtein (a.k.a. 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.
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.”
'Energy Dreams' will land on August 31, with an animated video for "Double Astral Move" streaming below—or here for EU readers due to temporary GDPR restrictions.