6th November 2023
After his recent Brian Eno collaboration, independent soul-jazz producer Ruben Astley, is excited to unveil his long-anticipated debut single ‘Housebound’ – now available on all major streaming platforms!
Housebound is a euphoric, almost cinematic record incorporating jazzy guitars, a driving dubby bassline and beautiful vocals – accompanied by a propulsive hip-hop drumbeat.
Think of it as a modern twist on Chic’s guitars combined with Lee Scratch Perry basslines and Slum Village’s beats.
The single has been written, recorded and produced on a laptop entirely from within lockdown. The title ‘Housebound’ is a play on the current state of affairs in the UK, as Ruben hopes the record can provide some form of musical escapism.
I met Ruben (21 years old) whilst we were both studying English Language at Exeter College and I have always known about his musical passion. Yet, he found his footing in music when he moved to London from his hometown of Exeter in 2017.
While completing his undergraduate degree, he began studying under producer Glenn Skinner (Boy George) at District 9 studios in Harrow, working with the likes of jazz guitarist Robin Banerjee (Amy Winehouse) and producer Matt Gooderson (Infadels).
In 2018, he produced a string of singles for RnB singer Carmen at Soho Live studios, getting airplay from both the BBC and Reprezent Radio. His career made a great step in 2019 when he collaborated with legendary producer Brian Eno (David Bowie, Coldplay), assisting in writing and producing political anthem Everything’s on the Up (With the Tories). 2020 sees Astley make his solo debut with a string of soul-jazz releases, the first of which being Housebound.
It is so great to see artists like Ruben making the most of a bad situation and providing a light-hearted, music escape from our crazy world! I will very much look forward to seeing how Ruben’s career progresses and I wish him nothing but good luck for the future!