Benton drops a surprise announce double pack of rinsin' Blue Note stylings for his Benton Beats imprint.
Coming with the production skills of someone who is well educated in this field, the seven tracks showcased on Volume One perfectly execute an update of the sound of classic Metalheadz, Prototype with the latter-day elements of drumfunk style Tessela. Each tune goes hard but for us the instant highlights have to be the gangsta hardstep of Badman VIP which blends a rippin' amen break around an icy backdrop before the breakdown where an unseen MC spits the rudeboy manifesto before the drumz hit and kill it with a 1 shot to the head blow. Make Love blends a ragga style Babylon Timewarp with a reese bassline moving in the shadow.
Much like the recent bassbin bangers from Paradox, B-Key & Dub-One this is old school drum & bass flavors with enough authenticity to feel like they are mid 90s dug out, yet carry the production weight that can only of come from minds that have swallowed up dubstep, grime and the latter bass science of Swamp 81, DMZ & Sci Wax.