Plenty of nights claim to have something that nobody has seen before, but only a few can really produce the goods. Falling into the latter category, DEEP MEDi’s night on Saturday 27th May will showcase something that genuinely hasn’t been seen before: a back to back set between dubstep kings Benga and Mala. Friends for fifteen years and both unequivocally regarded as trailblazers in the field, the pair have somehow never managed to play together despite their obvious compatibility, but all that will change with a three hour set at Electric Brixton.
Hailing from Croydon, the birthplace of dubstep, Benga made his name in the early 2000s with releases like “Skank” and “Hydro”, later dropping the powerful album Diary of an Afro Warrior as dubstep became a driving force in the UK dance scene. A close friend and frequent collaborator with Skream, Benga found himself an integral producer for labels like Tempa, also appearing for influential dubstep brands like DMZ and Hotflush Recordings, and is credited as being one of the first dubstep producers alongside fellow Magnetic Man members Skream and Artwork. Now back on the scene after a little while away, he’ll be psyched to finally go shoulder to shoulder with Mala, the Deep Medi Musik and DMZ head who remains one of the most influential figures in UK bass. Armed with a ton of choice cuts and the Neuron Pro Audio sound system that tore up MEDi 10 in 2016, the pair will be fully charged for the night at Electric Brixton, with Commodo and Levelz adding extra power to a party that already has a punch that would see you out cold.
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