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Last Night

by Benin City

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Paul Currion
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Paul Currion After a year of pandemic lockdowns, real clubbing had become a distant memory; and then I stumbled on this album, a compressed dose of clubbing - a "pill" if you will - in musical form. Most of the tracks explore the tension between the need for dance music to be inherently uplifting, and the reality of what actually happens on and around the dancefloor. Even if I never feel like this again, at least I'll have this album, and all the memories it brings back - whether they're mine or not. Favorite track: Double or Nothing.
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Final Form 03:02
Bus 04:04
Reluctant 03:54
Not The End 03:38


Benin City are the London-based three-piece comprised of vocalist and poet Joshua Idehen, vocalist Shanaz Dorsett with multi-instrumentalist Tom Leaper.

Clubbing is a source of euphoria: a weekly, often daily escape, a respite from the grind. That culture and its landmarks – some of London’s best venues and many countless pubs - are slowly disappearing for good. On Last Night, which was recorded in all four corners of London with Marc Pell (Micachu and the Shapes), LV, Rob Marfarlane and James Anderson, Benin City take an album-long look at the dual nature of London’s nightlife. With a sound and mood that locates itself in a small sweet spot between Faithless, Metronomy and early Stromae, the album’s narrators draw on the last decade of their collective experiences as ravers, bar workers and observers. These reflections are primed for the dancefloor: a hook-laden blend of Afro-dance pop, hip-hop, spoken word and electronica that is both infectious and poignant.

Speaking of the record, Joshua said:

“London nightlife has been our way out, our release, our daily escape. We’ve been clubbers, ravers, barmen, part / full-time drinkers. We’ve served cocktails and downed shots. We’ve found ourselves on dancefloors and lost our dinners on nightbusses. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve engaged in dumb drunken squabbles and we’ve found ourselves in strangers’ houses. We’ve danced to songs we didn’t know the name of. We made landmarks out of hidden corners of London: Passing Clouds, Ghetto, Trash Palace, Plastic People, Vibe Bar, Cable, Crucifix Lane. Those places, and the stories they held are gone for good as London becomes pricier and ever more grey. On this album are some of those stories: this is an ode to London’s nightlife.”


released June 15, 2018


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