Ben Westbeech makes his very own kind of quirky, rough-around-the-edges soul music. After a slew of identikit singer songwriters warbling on about loves lost, it’s refreshing to find a genuine artist with a beautiful voice, singing amazing songs about being young in Britain all over razor sharp production. It’s not easy to categorise, but it’s what happens when a kid who was classically trained til aged 18 in cello, voice and piano grows up and delves into hip hop, dance music and sample-based beats.read more
His debut LP – ‘Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life’, released on Brownswood Recordings on 2007 cemented Ben’s status as one of the UK’s most exciting prospects working on the fringes of pop. The Observer described it as “an assured debut”, adding “It flutters like John Legend with a British indie lilt…”. ‘So Good Today’ and ‘Hang Around’ were (and still are) perfect pop gems, certified D&B anthem ‘Get Closer’ raised roofs on the regular and the remainder of the album skipped endearingly between carefree ditties and bare instrumental hip hop beats. Remixes for the project came from Karizma, Dixon, MJ Cole, Switch, Domu and Osunlade.
Ben has gone on to record for Strictly Rhythm (‘There’s More To Life Than This’, 2011) plus Ramp Recordings offshoot PTN and Naked Naked under his more dancefloor-focused moniker “Breach”).
- Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life CD / Digital
- Hang Around (Wahoo / Karizma Remixes) Vinyl / Digital
- Welcome To The Remixes CD / Digital