Friday, 10 May 2013

Inspired by Chapter II: He is Benga.

Imagine driving through central London at midnight.

Imagine doing it in a black Mercedes E350.

Imagine the album you've got on is so loud that the speakers are desperate to annihilate their casing and coat you in hot plastic.

Bizarre imagination exercise over, wake up, you're imagining Chapter II from Adegbenga Adejumo, more commonly known as 'Benga'.

Though, chances are you'll be fully awake if you're listening to it. From start to finish the brutal yet therapeutic bass will vibrate the deepest corners of your nervous system, throw in some trap snares and winding synthesiser and you've created the perfect backdrop to the man from Croydon's 3rd album.

No heirs and graces with this album it kicks into gear straight from the green light and propels you into 'Yellow'. As much as Benga may want to 'remain creative' this is as dubstep as it gets. But it's brilliant dubstep and no reason to label it otherwise.

Not wanting to give Radio 1 listeners a hard time 'Forefather' featuring Kano has been played for a month or so. I am sure this will be a huge hit in the more mainstream venues but you can't get away from the fact that it is a brilliant song with Kano, in my opinion, one of the best British lyricists around performing to his usual high standard.

The garage scene from around 10 - 15 years ago is making a significant resurgence and even if it isn't obviously audible, that night driving music I referred to at the start is more prevalent than ever in recent releases. 'Higher' is no exception, fantastic vocal from Autumn Rowe who has been killing it across the pond since around 2010. This particular track also harks back to the 90s dance scene towards the close. Which is a sound we are hearing more and more.

Approaching the checkered flag another notable track is 'High Speed' featuring P. Money. I didn't even need to listen to this song before rating it. Benga + P. Money = Perfect grimestep mixture.

A fantastic example of a dub step album that is worth listening to 4/5 times in a week. Cue myriad of remixes!


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