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17 Sep 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: They're only two releases deep, but Benin City have potential to be an extremely exciting prospect in UK live dance music. Drawing up an organic frenzy with horns, wild drums and spit-polished vocals, you can smell the festival crowd the moment you press play. While live it's still tight enough to be DJ'd in a D&B set, but if you're after something a little more formulated for your floor, Shift Key's mighty house-influenced dubstep remix is equally as alluring.
30 May 12
Played by: Dusk + Blackdown
29 Apr 13
Played by: Mr Brainz / Orpheus:ldn
Review: Leeds producer Debian Blak has been described as having a post-dubstep agenda with a sting in its tail. This time round though, he's eschewed the sting in favour of a sweeter pop sound, and to great effect too. Minimal and sensuous with a yearning female vocal from Neo Joshua, this is a contender for a number one in a perfect world. Remix-wise Lion Gonzalez stays close to the original, while HanC goes for sparse beats with retro synth stabs and pitched down vocals.
13 May 13
Review: The unprecedented rush that's met each upcoming funky-house-garage-bassline producer in recent months has plastered the pillars of the bass music spectrum with the tags and new sounds of a scene that's forging itself before our very eyes. Debian Blak has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 6 and has created a stir with previous remixes and bootlegs. This, his first ever full length release, chronicles his musical journeys on his very rapid ascent to bass music stardom. From the lush soundscapes and retro bleeps of "Dive" to the deep, contemplative tones of "Where You", Blak is a man intent on building his own structure on the never-ending tower that is modern bass music. God speed, Debian.
06 Aug 12
Review: After the slamming Shake It Off EP, up and coming bass producer Pusherman samples possibly one of the most lol-some moments the internet has ever produced on this new EP. "Donuts" features large chunks of Wiley's bonkers-even-by-his-standard rant against Dizzee Rascal in response to "Pussyole", captured via YouTube and layered over a tasty tropical/bass beat. Elsewhere, "The People" is a classy mix of stuttering 808 toms and 2-step snares, while remixes from Diamond Bass and Naive Machine impress too. In a word: "Donut".
11 Mar 13
Played by: Shox
Review: Shox continues to push through the ever growing UK electronic landscape with this EP of pure hype for the more energetic corners of modern dance music. "Hi Grade" slams out the bleepy cluster bombs and trancey stingers over a clap heavy beat that should get more youthful ravers losing their proverbials. "Eyes Down" is less about top end distractions and more focused on weighty bass rumblings over a strict house tempo, with plenty of broken beat switch ups for good measure when the shakers need to do their thing. DVA gets all jukey on his remix with some nasty sample looping which eventually gives way to synth flourishes, while Trouble & Bass duo Zombies For Money don't mess around with their version, which slams out a solid broken beat and tempers the synths into focused arpeggios.
31 Oct 11
05 Nov 12
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95)
Review: Bet you didn't know that 'Kwabena' is the traditional Akan name given to a male child born on a Tuesday? We didn't either, but 21 year-old jazz pianist, producer, and vocalist Gabriel Benn does, and his knowledge of African culture doesn't just stop there. Over the course this two- track single, Benn takes us on a 'metaphorical journey through Ghana'. "Kwabena" is a languid slice of Afro-house, equally gentle and propulsive. "Minor Jam" is a more energetic mix of live instrumentation (including shimmering keys) and electronica. In short, a positively exotic single and a lot cheaper than a holiday to Ghana.
01 Apr 13
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Review: Following on from his well-received recent EP Sleep With Stars, multi-instrumentalist
Gabriel Benn is back with a new single and new inspiration. Although "Singing In The Dark" does again feature Africa (here, Ghana), Benn also looked to Columbia for extra musical flavour. The result is this four-track single that features his signature brittle soultronica sounds with all kinds of haunting and fascinating samples and sounds. Highlights include the ghostly garage of the title track and the downtempo RnB of "Wake'.
04 Mar 13
Review: We're assuming that this new EP by prodigious jazz pianist, producer, and vocalist Gabriel Benn, is not promoting the seedy practices of groupies, but referring to something of a more spiritual, open air nature. Previously exploring his beloved sounds of Africa, this new material is more of a downtempo, brittle lo-fi soultronica tip. Auntie Flo keeps the vibes but veers in a hazy acoustic jazz direction, while Debian Blak goes for a kind of contemplative 2-step rework.
06 May 13
Review: They say that Tuesday's child is full grace. It's certainly true of the productions of Tuesday Born, aka multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Benn. This release sees him leave behind his previous fascinations with Africa and South America to a slightly more traditional North American sound. The quality doesn't suffer though, as "Wake" is a strong take on the Stateside RnB ballad and is successful thanks to a deep and jazzy female vocal. Remixes come from One Inch Punch (shuffle-step) and Pale (broken micro-garage).