Audioporn Records – Benny L & Shimon – Sharks [Review]

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This single is between Benny L and Shimon; both are major D&B artists with notable musical careers that span many years. The two have done numerous remixes of each other’s works, however; this is another joint effort that follows ‘Monsters’ which came out last year.

Yes, like its predecessor this joint is a concept track and has a theme that has to do with danger. The title is ‘Sharks’ and it has to do with everything that has to do with these marine predators in relation to a worst-case-scenario of finding yourself in a situation whereby you have to face the creature. Well, this song somewhat like gives you a lesson on them as well as a bit on what to do in such a situation complimentary of the speech sample. Other than that, it is a super jam for days. It’s dope how it begins with this dramatic effect that makes the listener picture such a scary scene before dropping with powerful, clean kicks and snares of a head-bopping 1-2 beat. The bass line is deep and heavy but with a smooth cut, however, the brassy horn has that dirty and grimy sound that contains a domineering power over the whole when it comes on. It is at intervals, joined by a single melody that whistles with a spiny chill, and it echoes away into a barren distance as the ears drown in the sound. This is hotter than ‘Monsters’!

This jam undoubtedly recommended firstly ‘cause it is a concept song thus, it is a special release. Secondly, what else could a D&B head expect from the likes of Benny L and Shimon? Surely, it can’t be a disappointment.

 

Words by: Tsheola Asavela

 

 

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Audio Porn Records – Benny L – Fire In The Sky EP [Review]

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Benny L returns, and brings with him Fire In The Sky via the perversity that comes out of Audio Porn. There are four tunes to engage the ears with, and it is the record label’s seventy-fifth release which is basically a milestone reached.

The title song, as if to go perfectly with the theme features an artist called Firefly gracing the vocal support on it. Indeed, it is fiery and full of energy throughout its course. And then, the next track to come through is ‘Backlash’ with its catchy hook, and laced with a speech sample, as well as some thunderous horns that reverberate with a force. The track is also complimented with some added spacey FX sounds that give it a nice effect. Track number three sounds exactly as what the title says it is i.e. ‘Freight Train’, and moving really fast on the track. The bass line pulses with an electric shock, and the beat is compulsive with a jump up & down vibe. Thereafter, ‘Unorthodox’ starts to kick in, in a similar manner and comes as the final track on the short track list. What is nice about the EP overall is that, the style of production is consistent in all four songs, with that simplified via 1-2 breaks with punchy and well-compressed kicks; dope FXs and synthesis; as well as the deep, loud hums of the bass lines.

Fire In The Sky EP is another majestic display of Benny L’s conceptual play with destructive ideas centred on high altitudes, just like he did with the likes of ‘Thunder’ (2015) for instance. All of these ideas in this instance are just transmitted in the form of banging D&B music.

Words by Tsheola Asavela

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Audio Porn Records – Benny L & Shimon – Monsters – [Review]

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Audio Porn has been making and producing; and pushing and moving those releases strong and hard for almost a decade now. The seventieth release is a timeless D&B single titled ‘Monsters’ with…

Benny L and Shimon (of the iconic Ram Trilogy crew) who is also the head/owner of the hit-making label; just for one  seriously “mashed-up like potatoes” collaboration that serves a creepy and disgustingly good salad of a jam. Right from the start, the horror approaches the ears with some classic, ghostly sounds like pads and; the speech samples were laid perfectly to add that serious emphasis concerning what the track obviously conveys. How the drops go, and the drum licks at the intervals, are a distinguishing factor. As the horrific hoard of sounds approaches, there comes this powerful horn that just grabs dominance in the track as the monstrous giant amongst the other instruments. The alien bass rhythm follows right there. The whole song in general, is a bouncy tune with a dark groove.

Before pressing play; there’s the single’s cover art to peep which, is admirable in its own sense. It is simply made and, does not really attempt to scare in that expected, serious sense. We took a nice liking to the creativity behind it. Good cover art does play a part in the whole story as well.

‘Monsters’ marks another successful release, clearly bound to another Audio Porn hit thus, joining the long list of achievements that the label has had over the years, since 2007. Indeed an exclusive, original single that has those original roots.

Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela