Often stated but always true: It began in Africa.
Benin City are named after a state capital in Nigeria, but they're based in London. Accepting that Western pop isn't the be-all and end-all of musical creation, the three-piece swarm between electronic soul and the rhythmic assault of West African culture.
Hands up - to date, ClashMusic have only heard a handful of tracks. However the sheer electricity, the zest for creation which ripples through Benin City has got us very excited indeed.
Debut album 'Fire In The Park' is set to be released on July 1st, with new single 'Faithless' arriving on June 10th. Opening with a twanging indie guitar riff, Benin City recall the the funkier end of TV On The Radio, with their High Life flourishes adding an itchy, contagious groove.
Watch the video now.
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Video shot, edited & directed by Clouded Vision.
Mixed by Marc Pell (Micahu And The Shapes)
Produced by Marc Pell (Micachu And The Shapes)
Drums by Theo Buckingham
Lyrics by Joshua Idehen
Synth / Tenor Sax by Tom Leaper
Bass by AJ Brinkman
Trombone by Zeb Tronkin
Original Composition by Tom Leaper & Joshua Idehen
Mastered by Mateusz Majewski / Concrete Cut Studios
Released by Audio Doughnuts / AD Music Group