For the past couple of days I have been lucky enough to listen to The Transition EP by South African superemcee Ben Sharpa. The EP isn’t officially out yet – so this is me bragging about my special privileges of being someone who plays this kind of music in radio – but boy, oh boy, this is a good one. Somehow from Ben Sharpa one expects electronic sounds and huge beats, which match his delivery - Robot Army Music (RAM) as he calls it - but what’s surprising, to me at least, is how nicely he sits on more organic sounds as well. This EP has a nice mix of influences and producers to keep things interesting; even unexpected at times.
Besides this EP which like said is still to be released and Damian from Pioneer Unit mentioned that they aren’t quite sure how they will make it available and when, Ben has got another release definitely on its way. 4DLS album will be out shortly and that project combines Ben’s lyrics with Dplanet’s (who incidentally is also the aforementioned Damian) beats and Spo0ky’s visuals. Dplanet and Spo0ky, by the way, are also a band even without Ben. They are called Pure Solid and their recent album is definitely worth your while if this style of music is something you enjoy. But like said, now the collaboration is titled 4DLS or 4th Density Light Show. Video for the song Heroes is out for us all to enjoy and some selected European residents get to witness all this live. Not me though, but make sure to check these guys out if only you can.