“It’s been two years and I have grown a lot, and I now know what’s important: music. I’m back and I think my sound is the most ‘me’ it’s been since Diary of an Afro Warrior and I’m super excited to play it and reconnect with all of the people who have supported me. Let’s have a good year!”
Two years ago, when he announced his retirement from the music industry, Benga‘s future as an artist was pretty uncertain when he announced his retirement from the music industry. He has been working since then on this comeback, vocalizing his struggles with mental health, and now moving on from the dark place that put him in retirement. He is back with a blazing hot fire three track EP, Future Funk. More importantly, he seems to be feeling well and spreading those good, good vibes. This EP marks a new chapter for the veteran artist; it is a clean slate. His new music is reflective of all that he has been through, looking forward to the future. He didn’t need to make a statement about how [him] his sound is, the most [him] since ‘Diary of an Afro Warrior,’ but the sound lives up to Benga’s bold statement.
He is able to say so little yet make such sweeping statements, so that the album artwork alone for this project says it all.
This EP is a testament to Benga’s ability to overcome adversity, defeat his demons, and emerge victorious. The title track is a welcome to this funky future, that is really more of a throwback to a time ruled by dark, writhing synths and a creepy, deep sound byte. It immediately evokes thoughts of one dimensional, pixelated creatures. Like a flashback that is set in the future from the time you jumped back to, and I guess that makes it timeless and epic and says something deeper about how Benga isn’t going anywhere this time. The second track, “Make Moves,” struck my fancy hella hard. It is straightforward and dead ass, spreading the message ‘make moves not money.’ It is pretty obvious that Benga has been low-key making moves like a G, and the subtext in this track seems to look back at the past to understand what is important moving forward. Make moves, not money. The groove is real on that track, and the end gets super weird so make sure you are paying attention. “Power,” is the third and final song. A grand finale that goes hard AF, fast, chaotic, and quite stimulative.
Future Funk is a reminder that Benga is back, except especially now that he is, it is as if he never really left.
Benga | Future Funk EP [OUT NOW!] | Limited Edition Vinyl
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