Benin City are a band who have more than caught the eye over the last 12 months, releasing two singles with much-lauded imprint Audio Doughnuts and supporting Dan Le Sac on a 6-date tour. Fronted by Joshua Idehen, who has also collaborated with Hyperdub lynchpins LV on the 'Routes' LP for Keysound back in 2011, Benin City marry Skinner-esque story-telling with electro-charged instrumentals, the majority of which lean more towards the sombre, the melancholy and the straight up engrossing.
After featuring their last single 'Baby' on Uncle Albert last year, their latest effort, 'My Love', taken from the band's forthcoming debut album 'Fires in the Park' continues the good work, fusing Idehen's lyrical dexterity (the vocals are performed almost entirely in prose) with down-tempo rhythms carried by synths, horns and a glorious little brass melody - the visuals are fittingly dreamy too.
Whilst admittedly not everybody's proverbial cuppa tea, My Love forms another welcome urban tale from a band who are getting better and better at expressing themselves. Musically superb.
Out now and available to download for free here: http://www.wearebenincity.com/