Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Benga - Essential Mix
Benga, BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix February 2, 2008 (YSI link) (Sendspace link) tracklisting in comments
We haven't done a post on dubstep or the Radio One Essential Mix show in awhile, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Pete Tong's program invited one of the genre's stars, Benga, to come through and put together a 2-hour mix. It's a pretty big symbolic deal, as it's only the second time that the show has featured a dubstep producer/DJ, the first being Skream last year. It's a fitting choice, as Benga owned 2007, dropping the biggest tune, "Night," and his 2008 should be massive as well, with an LP due at some point.
The mix is heavy on Benga's own tunes, along with a healthy dose of Skream and his "Night" collaborator Coki. There's a part of me that would have liked to have heard some new names on this mix, some up and comers on the scene as opposed to the established stars. But, when the mix sounds this good, it's hard to complain. Plus, on further thought, Benga has made this an exploration of his sound and I really like this take on a long mix, like Ricardo Villalobos did on his Fabric mix.