It was 2009 when Scroobius Pip first tipped me the wink to treat my ears to a nascent Benin City, selecting them as part of a “Spoken Word Furious Seven” feature for the blog. By 2010 I was so enamoured, a live rendition of “The Beat” featured as one of my top 30 tracks of the year. Unfortunately all traces of The Beat have been cleansed from the internet but trust me it was the greatest and so far perhaps only Go-Go Spoken Word track.
You can however listen to a typically brilliant live take of Kaleidoscope from 2010’s Invisible Cake EP on Youtube.
And then I waited for the album….
Fast forward to 2012 and “Baby“, the first official single arrived. An ode to fucked up love delivered with such slow building beauty and mournfulness that it floored me. Fortuitously BBC 6 Music asked a bunch of random bloggers for their mid year “best of the year so far”, and I rambled on about how “Baby” reminded me of the Cinematic Orchestra at their peak. Within days it had clocked up over 10,000 plays on Soundcloud!
And I waited for the album…
Later in the year Joshua, Theo, Tom, Rob, Rebecca and Faye were kind enough to cram into a comically small room in Walthamstow to perform “Crush” as a Music Like Dirt session. Unfortunately my shonky camera work doesnt do justice to the tune!
Meanwhile “Baby” strolled, Usain Bolt style, to this blogs top track of 2012 title.
And I waite….yes you get the picture.
2013 has seen “My Love”, “Accelerate” and most of all “Faithless” increasing the plaudits and anticipation while guaranteeing the album would have a bare minimum of 4 killer tunes (more than most).
Over the last few weeks a series of almost universally glowing reviews have emerged and now finally it’s available to stream in its entirety (and preorder)
I’m still suffering from chronically limited access to the internet so haven’t actually heard it properly (as well as packing for Glastonbury) but “Wha Gwan” and “This Is London” featuring Deana Rodger immediately standout.
You can listen to a “Our Story so Far” playlist below, taken from the Benin City Whyd page.