Seravince is an exciting new project from keyboardist and composer Vincent Helbers (aka Flowriders). His Hear to See album is sophisticated and effortless as its grooves seep out of the speakers. It is a deceptively fiery statement from an artist that continues to defy categorisation. This isn't neo soul, nu-jazz or any other limiting term you care to file it against. It's from the heart, well made and worth listening to from the first till last.
The significant contribution of virtuoso drummer Richard Spaven (Jose James, Flying Lotus, Robert Mitchell 3io, Guru), makes for the perfect counterbalance to ensemble pieces. Gentle jazz-inspired solos – and sensual vocals courtesy of Renee Neufville (Zhane, RH Factor) and Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark de Clive Lowe) – can often be anodyne.
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