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Ben Westbeech

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.

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Whatever you call it, 2am one rainy night at Creamfields, Gilles Peterson was sitting in his car with a friend pestering to play him a new demo. It was one of those ‘You’ve really got to here this!’ scenarios – except this time it was true. The artist was Ben and he was signed up to Gilles’ brand new imprint Brownswood Recordings a few weeks later. There was something fresh and unusual about Ben’s productions but at the same time they were very accessible. Intuitively musical, he built tracks in his bedroom studio using a mix of samples and his own live playing, including piano and guitar. The result was beautifully listenable contemporary pop. Starting his journey in Bristol, an uncommonly fertile ground for new British sounds, Ben constantly pushed the boundaries and merged genres… aided and abetted by DJ Die and Clipz (of Full Cycle/Reprazent fame) who were key players in developing the original sound.

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”).

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  • ALBUMS

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  • Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life CD / Digital
  • Hang Around (Wahoo / Karizma Remixes) Vinyl / Digital
  • Welcome To The Remixes CD / Digital
  • SINGLES

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  • So Good Today Vinyl
  • Get Closer Vinyl / Digital
  • Hang Around / Pusherman Vinyl / Digital
  • Dance With Me (Switch / MJ Cole Remixes) Vinyl / Digital
  • GIG DATES

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  • Ben Westbeech and Alex Barck with Comixxx at Father Graham (November 25, 2017) Berlin, Germany 25 / 11 / 17