Last Night

Last Night

by Benin City


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London trio Benin City play an intriguing, eclectic blend of dance-pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, and poetry, featuring poignant lyrics that are alternately sung, spoken, and rapped, as well as colorful yet restrained horn arrangements. Last Night, the group's second album, was directly inspired by the closure of several significant London clubs, and is appropriately more dance-influenced than their 2013 debut. Even still, the group's songs are focused on lyrical messages rather than grooves. The words recount multiple aspects of the clubgoing experience, from the rush of a drug-fueled night out to the following morning's walk of shame. Evocative poem "This Is LDN III" is a deeply reflective, Ginsberg-evoking portrait of inner-city London, describing late-night bus rides and starry desires. "Reluctant" is a more aggressive garage-influenced dance track aiming to confront a fear of missing out, and "All Smoke, No Fire" is a dark, trap-leaning song about pushy bouncers and the feeling of having nowhere to belong in the city. While Benin City delve into the dark side of London city life, they never get oppressively bleak, and the songs still maintain their accessibility. It's not always completely radio-friendly, but it's not a hardcore grime mixtape either. "Not the End" concludes the album on a hopeful note, yet the optimism is still laced with uncertainty: "I heard it online somewhere, it will be better in the end." Considering how much Benin City's lineup has changed since their formation in 2008, perhaps it isn't a surprise that they haven't quite arrived on a focused, cohesive sound yet. They certainly have something to say about the state of London nightlife, however, and it's worth paying attention to their insightful observations.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2018
Label: Imports
UPC: 5060164955818
catalogNumber: 4955818
Rank: 148915

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benin City   Primary Artist
Portugal. The Man   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Ade Omotayo   Vocals
Sarah Williams White   Vocals
Tom Leaper   Synthesizer,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Dan Berry   Saxophone
Jack Bennington   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Shanaz Dorsett   Vocals
Chris Hargreaves   Bass
Raphael Clarkson   Trombone
Joshua Idehen   Vocals
Liam Waugh   Drums

Technical Credits

James Robertson   Additional Production
L.V.   Additional Production
Marc Pell   Producer
Tom Leaper   Arranger,Composer
Cecilia Knapp   Composer
Shanaz Dorsett   Composer
Joshua Idehen   Composer
James Anderson   Arranger
Ollie Clarke   Artwork

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