Benji B’s radio show, as I often enthuse around these parts, is a regular show I try to delve into every week – taking in hip-hop, dance, electronic, house, grime and general underground club tracks.
Most weeks he has a guest of some kind whether in the studio or in the mix. This week’s is Thom Yorke of Radiohead who joins Benji and plays some favourite tracks as a co-presenter over three hours. The pair play back to back for the entire duration and play a lot of tunes including music from Burial, Girl Band, Liquid Liquid, James Blake, Vince Staples, Abul Mogard and Dilla in there.
Of Girl Band’s ‘Paul’, Yorke said it was his and his son’s favourite music (about 35 minutes in). They are from Dublin Thom not Belfast.
The shows happen on Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 7th after the main event. Entrance is valid to those with weekend or day tickets or a wristband. If you’re not going, tickets can be bought from TM. There is some great stuff here:
Questlove @ The Sugar Club
Hot Chip [DJ Set] @ Button Factory
Flight Facilities [DJ Set] + Alle Farben @ District 8
Discotekken W/ Greg Wilson @ Bunker
White Collar Boy @ Tengu
The Malibu Club @ The Grand Social
Special Guest TBA @ Soder Ko
Jamie xx – Button Factory
Telephones with Maribou State & Sim Simma – Tengu
Metropolis Festival in the RDS in Dublin on 7th and 8th of November has just added a load of acts to its lineup:
Hot Chip, Vic Mensa, Le Galaxie, Formation, Booka Brass Band, Flight Facilities, Omar Souleyman, Vince Staples, Trinity Orchestra (performing LCD Soundsystem), Floating Points, Four Tet, White Collar Boy, Gemma Dunleavy, CLU, Benji B and Forrests.
As well as that, they’ve announced the day-by-day breakdown:
Todd Terje [LIVE]
Dorian Concept [LIVE]
Matthew Herbert [LIVE]
Cloud Castle Lake
Booka Brass Band
White Collar Boy
CHIC feat Nile Rodgers
Four Tet [LIVE]
Nosaj Thing [LIVE]
Maribou State [LIVE]
Trinity Orchestra Perform LCD Soundystem
Kormac’s Big Band
Last week, my favourite radio DJ Benji B’s had a Soundtrack Special where he indulged us in the records in his soundtrack crate including music from composers like Ennio Morricone (timely as he’s playing here this weekend), Cliff Martinez, John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder, Chromatics, Angelo Badalamenti, Jon Brion and more. Films included Taxi Driver, Akira, Wildstyle, Paris, Texas, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rocky, Drive, Bladerunner, The Taking of Pelham 123 and From Russia With Love. It was mega.
You can listen to the whole show here til Thursday but in case you don’t get to listen til after, you can listen to a Spotify playlist below of all his selections. One track I’d add in there is ‘Nique La Police’ from the La Haine soundtrack. What are your favourite unknown soundtrack tracks?
Despite Benji B’s BBC show being pretty much my favourite radio show, I hadn’t got around to watching/hearing this yet. Benji on the decks with a 16-piece string ensemble in Maida Vale for 52 minutes.
Dwele – A.N.G.E.L
Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
Ossie – Love Crazy
Bok Bok – Silo Pass
Wiley – Highs n Lows
S-X – Bricks
Timberland – Ayo Technology (Instrumental)
TNGHT – Higher Ground
Kanye West – Clique
Drake – Headlines
Jeremih – All The Time
Raphael Saadiq – Skyy Can You Feel Me
A radio rip of a new James Blake tune as played on Benji B. The track ( first version) is more in the vein of Blake’s early electronic EPs and will be released on a compilation entitled 116 & rising on Hessle Audio. Full details on the comp which was put together by Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound over on FACT.
Bullion turns in a 33-minute mix for Benji B featuring all original tracks both unreleased and from his 1-side only etched 12″ You Drive Me To Plastic on Young Turks which gets a wider release in April. Tracklisting below.
While Benji B took a break from his show this week, Brainfeeder label artists stepped in and delivered a collection of live and DJ sets for the duration of the show. We get sets from Flying Lotus (two in fact – DJ & live band), Teebs, Samiyam, Tokimonsta, Austin Peralta and Matthew David. The show was recorded in Fly Lo’s house. You can listen to it at BBC player for the next five days or download it from Core News.
The Jamie xx remixes and mixes keep coming. The second tune from Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here. ‘I’ll Take Care Of U’ has Gil going for it over a piano-house beat. That album is released February 21st UK and 22nd in the US so presumably 18th in Ireland (album releases are always the Friday before here).
Jamie xx also provided a stonking mix for Benji B’s BBC Radio One Takeover last night with a 27 minute mix of tunes from Zomby, another man of the moment James Blake, Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie, Jamie’s mashup of The Knife’s ‘Pass This On’ called ‘Far Nearer’, Beach House, Lumidee, his Adele remix and another track from We’re New Here. Thanks to Hypetrak and Pinglewood for the audio.
A quick heads up to fans of head-nodding beatmakers, hip-hop, soul and proper R&B, Radio 1Xtra DJ Benji B is DJing in Solas, Wexford Street tonight from 8:30pm. It’s FREE in. I’ve only been tuned into his show for the last few months really but he always plays a great mix of the above. Stuff like Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Sa-Ra, J Dilla, Madlib, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Bullion and Joker always gets a run out.
His Radio page is here (listen to the latest show) and his Deviation blog is here.
Here’s a tune he’s been playing lately out on Hyperdub on July 24th: