Ben & Lex ft. Earl 16 ‘Our Music EP’
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After a year or so away working on other projects, from adverts to Movie Trailers, Ben & Lex are back having completed their debut album!
The first single to kick off the campaign is a bit of a 140 steppas affair firmly in keeping with the Dub influenced material they and Functional have become know for For this EP they have had the privilege to work on with a certified legend of the reggae scene – None other than the mighty Earl 16.
Born in Kingston Jamaica, Earl is without a doubt a pioneer of the UK reggae scene (and beyond) having worked with the likes of Mad Professor, Boris Gardiner, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Augustus Pablo and many many more.
He is also no stranger to the Dance music scene having provided incredible vocals for the seminal dance music album ‘Leftism’ By Leftfield. He is also one of the two vocalists for the legendary Dreadzone.
When asked to pick his favourite of two tunes we sent for him to listen to – he picked both so
that’s what we are giving to you!!
‘Our music’ is an anthemic 140 steppa with reese basslines and hints of the amen thrown in for the floor while Earl’s sweet tones tell tales of ‘Our Music, the people’s music’.
The second tune, ‘Skink’ is more of a heads down Soundsystem bubbler with hints of dub techno stabs harking back to his Leftfield days and a ‘dancing culture’.
On the remix front we have two massive remixes for you. When asked who they wanted to remix the tunes these were the first and only two names the duo chose and were lucky enough to get both!
First up we have the incredibly talented Kahn & Neek AKA Gorgon Sound who have been leading the pack of the new Bristol Dub & reggae scene. The duo turn in an awesome remix,
possibly their best work to date taking the tune away from its reese basslines and amens and planting it firmly back into the Bristol Soundsystem vibe.
Next up we have the baaaadman King Yoof from the Sub Slayers stable who has given us a wicked remix aimed squarely at the dancefloor harking back to the old skool days of jungle techno, whilst keeping both feet firmly placed in a sound that would sit comfortably in the sets of anyone from Doorly to Diplo.