Mix of the Day: Bensley
Never before in Ram Records’ 25 year history has a story as unique and exciting as Bensley’s unfolded. The 24 year old Canadian sent a demo to his favourite label in December 2013 and was signed exclusively within weeks. Embodying the spirit of ‘letting the music do all the talking’ with an added aspirational emphasis that talent really does get spotted amidst the oceanic pools of internet creativity, Bensely’s productions blew the roof off Ram’s Hornchurch HQ on first listen.
Digest his sounds and you’ll understand just why Ram Records snapped him up so quickly. Teetering on the precipice of dark drama and majestic melody, his compositions capture the essence of everything that’s exciting in drum & bass right now. Instantly resonating like you already know them, yet sounding like nothing you’ve heard before, Bensley productions convey a contemporary energy and dynamic that’s instantly distinctive.
Dig into his past and you’ll understand just why Bensley creates the music he does. Influenced by his talented jazz musician grandfather, Bensley is an accomplished saxophone player who travelled throughout Ontario and won various awards as part of his school band. Just as inspired by jazz pioneers Dave Brubeck and Charlie Parker as he is by Loadstar and Wilkinson, his arrangement and chord progressions knowledge goes much deeper than a DAW interface.
When he’s not buried deep in studio science, the Toronto-based artist can be found wakeboarding, gaming and working at a local grocery store. Uninspired by his software development studies, Bensley quit college late 2013 to focus purely on the music. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a deal with drum & bass’s biggest label would land so quickly… And he’s eager to live up to every challenge such a unique story will throw him. Stay locked.
Bensley ‘Slither’ is out now on RAM Records, check it out above and grab a copy here. Bensley releases ‘Under The Sunshine’ on 16 August, he joins our Mix of the Day series today – check out the mix below!
Bensley – Slither
Camo & Krooked – Mandala (feat. Mefjus)
Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love) (Bensley Remix)
Elle King – Under The Influence
Fred V & Grafix VS Metrik – Tension (feat. Kate Westall)
Bensley – Fool’s Gold
Droptek – Fragments
Sub Focus – Tidal Wave (feat. Alpines)
ZES – Memories
The Upbeats – Say Go (feat. Mara TK)
Culture Shock – Have It All (feat. Raphaella)
Bensley – Tiptoe
Camo & Krooked – Witchdoctor
Dimension – Generator
Hamilton – Deep In My Heart
Hybrid – Be Here Now (Bensley Remix)
1991 – Kabuki
Sub Focus – Lingua (feat. Stylo G)
Joe Ford – Guess What
Camo & Krooked – All Night
Bensley – One Last Chance (feat. Skyelle)
Camo & Krooked – Aurora (feat. Metrik)
Bensley – Outsider
1991 – You May Find
Loadstar – Lancelot
Chase & Status – Time (feat. Delilah) (Acapella)
Rockwell – Chorus Of Disapproval
Bensley – Rain Dance
Etherwood – Begin By Letting Go
Bensley – Manta
Wilkinson – We Will Be (feat. Matt Wills)
Bensley – ???
Flux Pavilion – Emotional (feat. Matthew Koma) (Bensley Remix)
Phaction – Ever Present
Calyx & Teebee – Strung Out
DRS – The View (feat. LSB & Tyler Daley)
Bensley – Cold Storage
Culture Shock – I Remember
Bensley – Fandango
Bensley – Next Generation