Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Sounds: Benin City’s heavy groove

London-based five-piece band Benin City is one potent combo, blending several sounds into their Afrofunk mix, from the expected (the James Brown-style sax-and-drums rhythm section) to the less so, including vocalist Musa’s spoken-word, The-Streets-like interjections and one mean electric cello. “Boogieman,” from their debut EP Invisible Cake, really shows off Benin City’s ability to mix heavy groove with social commentary, a track about the increasing level of suspicion and surveillance in UK society. And as you’ll see from their YouTube video below, bet you’ll want to catch them live...

Benin City: Boogieman

And for more new sounds, make sure to subscribe to my latest podcast, JeffMix2010.02.21 (also on iTunes), featuring music from Drive-By Truckers, Los Campesinos!, The Radio Dept., and Jónsi, among others.

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