Artist SpotLight:

Introducing mARTA dOS SANTOS 

Marta Dos Santos, a London based graphic designer &  letterpress printer who is currently working with  Alan Kitching and London Centre for Book Arts, has given her time and expertise to The Steve Reid Foundation. Working faithfully over the past 2 months to create a very special sleeve for Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid's cover of  ‘Strings of Life’. 

A BIG THANK YOU  is in order from the Steve Reid Foundation. 

See how she does below. 


four tet releases 'Strings of life' cover collaboration with steve reid

"The 12" I'm releasing for the foundation of me and Steve covering Strings of Life is finally ready!!!!” 

Kieran and Steve recorded a version of Derrick May’s ‘Strings of Life’ recorded at the Green Man Festival in August 2006 before Steve sadly passed away in 2010. The track has never been officially released, although first heard on Gilles Peterson’s tribute podcast shortly after his death.

The limited 12” will come with beautifully hand printed sleeves and will be released on Kieran's Text Records with all proceeds of the release going back into The Steve Reid Foundation. There is no official release date so expect to see it in the shops in the next week or so.... 

 Watch Steve Reid in action here 

For a little more on Steve and Kieran's work together check out this great video - The making of  'Tongues'. 




THE light years of the darkness

Gilles Peterson, The Steve Reid Foundation and Brownswood are delighted to announce the release of Emanative’s album “The Light Years of Darkness” featuring a host of talents including Earl Zinger, Idris Ackamore, Jessican Lauren, Rocketnumbernine, Collocotor and Finn Peters.  

With a release date of 16th March 2015, there will be a limited edition (500) Double 180G Vinyl available via the Steve Reid Foundation’s bandcamp.

Have a listen to the first track - a collaboration featuring Four Tet on thumb piano covering Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell’s hypnotic masterpeice, Makondi. 

 the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards WINNERS ANNOUNCED

·      Moses Boyd, Sarathy Korwar, Wu-Lu, Hector Plimmer, Lady Vendredi (pictured below from left to right) have been selected to receive the new bursaries and mentorship.

·      Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, RocketnumberNine, Emanative, Charlie Dark and Koreless to mentor the new artists.

 PRS for Music Foundation, together with the Steve Reid Foundation announce today (Tuesday 20th January 2015) the five boundary pushing unsigned artists to be receiving the new Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards.  This support will include cash bursaries from PRS for Music Foundation and from Steve Reid Foundation. They will also benefit from invaluable support and mentorship from the Steve Reid Foundation trustees.

Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards

Together with PRS for Music Foundation, the Steve Reid Foundation has launched the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Awards  which will offer vital support to unsigned artists pushing musical boundaries. This support will include cash bursaries and mentorship from the Steve Reid Foundation trustees, which include pioneering artists Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, RocketnumberNine, Emanative and Charlie Dark.

The creative development awards will be awarded to 3 to 4 emerging artists who will each receive a bursary of up to £1,500 and mentorship from Steve Reid Foundation Trustees.

The award is open to anyone that is writing and performing their own music and is currently unsigned and unmanaged.

Applicants must simply send links to their music as well as a three minute video which explains their career to date, and how funding and mentoring would help with their creative development. Artists can apply from today via: Final deadline for submissions is Monday, 17th November 2014.

Steve Reid Foundation founder Gilles Peterson said: "It is so exciting to be able to launch a project that encourages and develops new talent and gives opportunities to artists who might otherwise never get a break. Steve Reid would be smiling!"

Gilles Peterson and Koreless team up for the London Marathon

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With just under 3 weeks to go, in a bid to collectively raise £4,000 for the Steve Reid Foundation, Gilles Peterson and Koreless will run one of the toughest races known to even the world’s finest long-distance runners, including Moh Farah.

It’s not every day that two night owls volunteer to run the London Marathon. Both have been tirelessly working on their new albums and for a short moment DJ life had almost caught up with Gilles, but he’s back in full force and will be at the start line on Sunday 13th April, the same day that Steve Reid passed away back in 2010.

Lewis a.k.a Koreless has been holed up in a shack in Snowdonia deep into finishing off his album while training for the 26.2 mile slog, accompanied by his trusted mascot and running companion Jude – his four legged friend.

Please dig deep and help to support this worthwhile cause – you can support them on their JustGiving pages HERE.

The Brownswood fam will set up home near the 20–mile stage, to support and encourage, where many runners are known to ‘hit the wall’. So come down and join us to cheer on our running heroes.

You can also TEXT RUNN14 £10 TO 70070 to make a donation.

To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.”― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Korless Runs The London Marathon 

26.2 miles of London tarmac awaits runners in April 2014. Trustee of the Steve Reid Foundation and Young Turks familia, Koreless a.k.a Lewis Roberts, 22, is aiming to raise at least £2,000 for the gruelling challenge.

Koreless said:
“My main aim is to raise money for the Steve Reid Foundation and I wanted to do something after the Beat ‘N’ Trail cycle to Croatia last year. Doing nothing but music the last few years had left me pretty unhealthy and I couldn't even run a mile. A target like this was the only way to get fit again.

Since November I've been living on-and-off in Snowdonia working on my album in a studio that I've built temporarily. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so a great place to run. The album and running go hand-in-hand and it’s making a huge difference to my concentration levels over long periods.”

Help to support Lewis to champion the Steve Reid Foundation and to reach this huge personal challenge by sharing the news and donating to his JustGiving page HERE. 

Text to donate is one of the easiest ways for you to make a donation. Simply, Text RUNN14 £10 TO 70070 to donate to the Steve Reid Foundation and make a difference today. 

Follow Koreless' progress on Tiwtter @SteveReidFNDN and Facebook #SRFVLM


New Release // Love In Outer Space

We're really excited to announce the very first Steve Reid Foundation release on Bandcamp. Emanative (Nick Woodmansey) and Sun Ra Arkestra's Ahmed Abdullah have joined forces to produce a cosmic jazz production,  'Love in Outer Space', with an out-of-this-world animated video to boot, made by artist extraordinaire Gene Pendon. Watch the clip below.

Proceeds from the sales of this release will go to the Steve Reid Foundation to help musicians in crisis and to support emerging young talent in music. Buy 'Love in Outer Space' now on the Steve Reid Foundation  Bandcamp page where you can also purchase the Four Tet remix of 'Lions of Judah'.

Read more about the release in the feature article "Staying in the Rhythms" on the Bandcamp blog.


Message from Arthur Blythe

After receiving financial support from the Steve Reid Foundation, Arthur Blythe sent us a lovely message of thanks to share with everyone who donated and showed support. Arthur said: "This is a message to all the wonderful people who have come to my aid during this time of crisis. I'm very appreciative. I wouldn't know how to express myself. Thank you for all the help you've brought to me. I think with your help and spirit I will overcome this crisis. "



Free Spirits in Berlin is a big hit!


The epic 12-hour fundraising event organised by JAW Family in Berlin raised a fantastic Euros4,150 for the Foundation as well as Euros550 for Festsaal Kreuzberg.

Stellar jazz performances on the night came from the Horace Tapscott Tribute Ensemble with Dwight Trible and Italy's Astral Travel.  Alex Barck (Jazzanova) and Rabih Beaini gave the crowd cosmic sets that took them round the world and back, while our very own Floating Points, Four Tet and Gilles Peterson took turns keeping the revelers dancing until the early hours of the morning. 

Huge thanks goes out to JAW Family for putting together such a memorable event and to everyone who came and supported. Thank you Berlin!  

Check more photos here

 Dwight Trible with   Horace Tapscott Tribute Ensemble   

Dwight Trible with Horace Tapscott Tribute Ensemble 


Beat n Trail

The Beat 'n' Trail team reached Dimensions Festival!

Having covered well over 1000 miles in 14 days, cycling through the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, the Beat 'n' Trail team have arrived at Dimensions Festival. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the team and everyone who supported and donated over £12,000 to the Steve Reid Foundation and The Back-Up Trust.

Steve Reid Foundation founder, Gilles Peterson, said: “I speak on behalf of the Steve Reid Foundation trustees in saying how proud we all are of the Beat ‘n’ Trail Team. Thank you Tom, Sarah, Henry and James. What you’ve achieved is the ultimate display of endurance, drive, tenacity and team spirit. We’re all extremely inspired and grateful."

The Beat ‘N’ Trail team are Tom Morgan, Sarah Jones, James Skinner and Henry Worssam. Their website is Donations to their chosen charities can be made through Just Giving.                        

See below for photos and a video of their epic journey.  

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The view on the morning of day 12, before the 35 mile descent! 

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Click here to find out more about the team and the ride.