Raffertie, AKA Bejamin Stefanski, is one of the most hotly tipped musicians in electronic music. Radio One luminaries Huw Stephens and Annie Mac have championed him, and he's built a reputation as a DJ and live performer through slots at Glastonbury, Bestival and even Space Ibiza. Having set up his own label, Super, and discovered and released AlunaGeorge amongst others, he's also remixed Franz Ferdinand, Wolf Gang, Wild Beasts, Clock Opera and of course AlunaGeorge themselves. This is an artist with a love for the scene he's working in, and someone who wants to champion the other artists within it.
His long awaited debut album 'Sleep of Reason' is now finished and will be released August 5th. It's a stunning work of musical art. Deeply personal, irresistibly engaging and as danceable as it is deep. There's no other voice in music like Raffertie's, and that voice has reached new levels of confidence and skill in 'Sleep of Reason.'
His new single 'Build Me Up' is an infectious, electronic love song. A short film has been made to accompany it, directed by Vincent Haycock, whose previous work includes videos for Spiritualized, Editors, and more recently Calvin Harris and Florence and the Machine. The film has just been premiered through Nowness with an interview from Raff and Vince.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.