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- Diary Of an Afro Warrior by Benga
9/10 Brian Staff review, 06 March 2008Yipee! I got the Benga album. Well the CD anyhow. The promo vinyl has mysteriously sold before we could do the dubstep skank across the office. I reckon the phat grooves would bust the stereo's tits off. I tried to turn Prurient up the other day & the whole thing just cut out as he was screaming something about the wrong kind of cheese in his crust free sarnies. And he dissed his mum. Well, that's Prurient for you. I'd like to se a collaboration with Benga actually. White dubstep noise. Yum. Back to the subject in hand. 'Diary of an Afro Warrior' is rather sublime after 3 listens. A grooving, wobbling technoid dub journey that makes you wanna hit a grimy dancefloor in Chapeltown or Brixton the minute you leave the office (or warehouse/building site whatever...) Not just a home listening experience, this collection of bassbin busting tunes is both hugely satisfying for your battered mind & your itchy feet. The slowed down junglisms of some tracks are minimal & fresh enough to satisfy clubbers & beards alike & the more techno flecked tracks are a real treat. There's lovely hints of old classic dawnbusting free party "rave" in some of the synth lines whilst the bass moves your soul & the beats are constantly engaging. A certain magazine compared this to Roni Size & Reprazent's 'New Forms' & highlighted just how shite Skream's album was when displayed alongside his raher tremendous & eclectic EPs. Benga's actually made the first great Dubstep album here that improves constantly, morphing between established textures & sounds whilst constantly pioneering and evolving the "genre" he helped create. I really hope Digital Mystikz can pull off something as good as this if they ever decide to follow suit with a full artist album. Wicked stuff!
10/10 DjMonkeyRabbit Customer review,
Nearly every song is the nuts... I'll give it 4 out of 5 for the 12' version I've got.. the songs what are good are really good.. A MUST BUY!
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