You may know Benga from his pivotal role and recent work in the supergroup Magnetic Man alongside dub-brothers Skream and Artwork . The ones who know him best however, know he is one of the founders of modern dubstep. In the early 2000s, Benga was a vital part of the little scene in the southern UK that gave birth to the genre that’s been blowing speakers and turning sub-woofers into air conditioners.

You wont find any brostep here either, benga uses his personal bag of tricks to create melodic, wobbly, rhythmic music: not just over the top bass drops with an old hip-hop track thrown on top. Not to say he doesn’t have any bangers in his arsenal, and he is very hip hop influenced, but lets just say hes being doing this longer than most and he knows how to destroy a dance floor.

This Sunday, our local talent Bullet Bill and Elonious will showcase how we do here in Van before grandmaster Benga tears VENUE a new one.

Heres some benga originals and party vids to get your neck and arms warmed up – after the jump


Brian Shott

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