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Benga - 'Pour Your Love'

An exciting new track from the dubstep genius

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If you’re worried that music has no myth any more, too few characters and not enough gob, then look to Benga. To some he’s merely Mr Magnetic Man, but to others he’s one of the best known faces to come out of the homeofdubstep™ – aka Big Apple in Croydon – after swaggering in one day and declaring he could DJ better than shop-regular Hatcha. Since then - and he started young - he’s been a regular at seminal night FWD>>, toured the world from south London to Sydney, crowdsurfed on the London Eye and made a much-loved bass-heavy album (2008’s ‘Diary Of An Afro Warrior’). He’ll release ‘Chapter 2’ in October, taking his ‘Katy On A Mission’ template and working with guest vocalists including Bebe Black and P Money to make more fwd-looking takes on chart pop. Next single ‘Pour Your Love’ is a gut-tugging rumbling beat he’s played around with over the years, but Swedish vocalist Marlene, trilling “pour your love alllll over meeeee” (hmm, sounds a little messy) on top of the song’s WUB. In July, Benga told NME: “I’ve been seen to say that dubstep is the music of our generation, but that’s now changed. I don’t want to be any part of dubstep any more.” Meaning: he wants to push boundaries and look ahead to the next big musical movement. Will you be joining him?

Siân Rowe


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