(John Tejada Remix)
(Dharma One Remix)
A sublime yet deep re-direction for the Broken Beat generation
Ben Mono aka Paul Beller is endeavouring to keep things fresh after various twists and turns in the West London sound journey. Nothing can be really talked up here, though, because it is still underground, it is fragile. But what we are talking about is a growing post-Seiji, post-Domu generation, that kicks in with new productions to rival their idols and that is, for example in Munich, represented by Ben Mono.
His debut solo-album "Dual" is a step towards a balanced production of broken beat with funky, warm vocals. To achieve that goal, Ben Mono has worked with highly praised female singers such as Marzenka and Bajka (who has also sung on Beanfield's lovely "The Season").
While some might still debate about the impact, respected non-West London producers such as John Tejada, Landslide and Dharma One embrace the new direction. It opens the box a lot. Their remixes carefully support the paradigm shift, with Dharma One's driving Drum'n'Bass rework already been play-listed on top of a few DJ charts.
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