Diversions - Stereofox Label

Jake and I have been close friends for over 20 years. Through those years we’ve both shared the same tastes in music and we came of age listening to a lot of the same bands – we also played in the same band for a time in secondary school! This collaboration first began as a jam session between us in the summer of 2019, and after hearing the first songs we wrote, we realised we had something special and decided to work together towards a full release.

Tim Addison & Handbook


Release Schedule: Apr 18th - "Mezzanine"
May 9th - "Sodas"
May 24th - Diversions
Genres: Beats, Lofi

Diversions is a project about friendship. This 9-track release ebbs and flows through both genres and emotions to ultimately help listeners reflect on the most special people in their lives.

Handbook is a household name when it comes to creating soulful and inspiring instrumental hip-hop beats. One of the legends in the genre, the British beatmaker has garnered praise from industry legends and he’s making his 2024 debut with a bang. This time, however, the legendary producer is not alone – Jake is joined by talented York-based guitarist Tim Addison.

Tim and I have known each other for a long time but rarely got the opportunity to create music together. He came over one afternoon a few years ago with his guitar and just started recording licks and progressions. I started sampling and arranging them and the project grew from there. Ultimately, our time creating this album was a diversion from the world around us, and helped us create something really special.“, Handbook elaborates.

The 2 artists manage to bottle the essence of being comfortable with someone into a captivating and thought-provoking and sonic experience.



Inspired by the sound of acts like J Dilla and Flying Lotus, Handbook started his music journey after stumbling upon an MPC 1000 through a friend. The rest is history. From classically-inspired organic sounds, through raw hip-hop and futuristic beats all the way to mellow and somber vocal tracks – Jake has already shown an impressive creative approach when it comes to creating music.

  • featured on 20+ Spotify editorial playlists including lofi beats, Jazz Rap, Mellow Beats, lofi + chill, Smooth Jazz Beats, UK R&B, and more
  • featured on Apple Music’s BEATstrumentals, Future Beats, and Chilling Out editorials
  • supported by more than 500k independent playlists
  • featured on Bandcamp's homepage New and Notable and The Hip Hop Show with (with Posdnuos from the legendary De La Soul) for his 5-track EP with Syf of Talking Knots

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