Do you want a casual chill out soundtrack with a touch of Jazz and a hint of house? Benga’s ‘Diary’ is your ticket to a mellow trip after hours, spiced up by some flashbacks to the night before.
Like hearing faint blasts of music as you are walking away from the club you just came out of, Benga tracks like ‘The Cut’, ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Go Tell Them’ are pierced by short bursts of banging house music. The slow motion ‘E Trips’ teases with an old school rave theme that floats over sleepy, dreamlike beats.
The other main theme on ‘Diary’ is jazz. From the cool and crisp ‘Zero M2′ and ‘B4 The Dual’ to more mellow tracks like ‘Someone 20′ and ‘Loose Synths’ which are reminiscent of the laid back Jazz Funk of Roy Ayers.
Benga’s roots are in the Dubstep scene, but ‘Diary’ stretches the genre to cover new bases. It’s a collection of very diverse tracks held together by an after hours atmosphere. There are no duds on ‘Diary’, but no obvious anthems either. Buy it as a fresh background album and see if it grows on you.
Listen to ‘Diary Of An Afro Warrior’ and download the album from iTunes.