Hackney’s RAY HAYDEN’S been round the soul block a few times and in various guises, most notably working under the Opaz moniker.

Ray’s back on the scene in fine style with a brand new EP intriguingly called ‘The Sarethereal EP’. The mini album’s lead cut is a lazy, summery slab of soulful house called ‘Believe’. The main vocal mix is right on the money, riding sweetly on a pulsing bass line and features those almost essential semi-spoken bits! The “Sarethereal Mix” is longer (almost 12 minutes) and much more complex. It’s clearly the “ethereal” element in the EP’s main titling.

The EP’s completed with ‘You Are’ – a gentler, laid back Ibizan vibe, and ‘Do You Want Some Lovin” – an urgent, mid-tempo, properly soulful groove.

The usual download portals will allow you to investigate more. Recommended.