Monday, May 05, 2008

Benga - Diary Of An Afro Warrior

Mechanical and hypnotic beats, a profound bass and a doped atmosphere with industrial resonances... Must be a dubstep record then. Benga is a young talent producing underground anthems inside the dubstep scene since the age of 16 and now, with 21, his debut full-length shows no signs of him getting tired or losing inspiration. Partner-in-crime with Skream, his sound follows dubstep rules almost by the book instead of taking a more personnel and unique approach like, say, Burial or Kode9. But there's still a lot in here to go mental for, besides the usual formal ellegance and mind-blowing properties found on the best dubstep releases. Operating small changes inside the genre's own foundations, a closer look to this album reveals many new external influences that range from jazzy tones to electro and minimalism influences, incorporating a more organic attitude to this music that opens new possible paths to be followed in the future. (7/10)

Benga & Coki - Night (video)

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