Things will be getting heavy on Friday 29th July as Benga returns from two years off duty, with a show that pits him against bass fanatic Benton at The Nest in London. Sorely missed during his time out of the spotlight, the dubstep pioneer will be welcomed back in style as he unleashes the energy that he’s been building up over his two year absence from the scene. Having stopped back in 2014 to focus on family life, Benga now chooses to pick up where he left off by bringing the party back to the city that he helped define during the early 2000s.
Having started making tracks aged just 15, Benga has as much experience as anyone else in dubstep, the genre which he helped create alongside Magnetic Man comrades Skream and Artwork. Crafting the fiery sub-driven sound that made dubstep a sensation, Benga masterminded a style that has been copied by many but improved upon by few. One of the most exciting movements to come out of London this millennium, dubstep seemed an unstoppable force, and though techno and house might have again resurfaced as dance music’s bulkiest branches, the results of Benga’s dubstep revolution are still felt today.
Another stalwart of UK bass music, Benton’s favouring of breaks and drum and bass led to their own take on dubstep, with trademark wobbling bass synths often combining with allusions to hardcore rave and reggae. A powerful name on the Wheel & Deal Records imprint as well as his own Benton Beats, the Swamp 81 member calls on jungle, grime, electro and garage, meaning he’ll be bringing a healthy dose of unpredictability to the night.
Assured to command the same levels of support he enjoyed previously, Benga will be joined by troops in full force as he returns to centre stage. Step up to pay your respects to a returning king of dubstep.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Benga