Matthew Benjamin, best known as Bushwacka! has spent nearly thirty years at the forefront of underground UK rave and acid house culture. A visionary producer and engineer, Benjamin’s landmark career as Bushwacka! boasts achievements including releasing an album on XL Recordings and a top 10 single with partner Layo for their bonafide club classic ‘Love Story’. By the time Benjamin was 18, he already had four London residencies and went on to become resident at legendary club The End.
Benjamin’s new project ‘Listen Up’, set for release next month via Above Board Projects, will release a two volumes of rare originals, collaborations and productions from the Bushwacka! Studio with Volume 1 unearthing cuts from the archive between 1995 - 2005.
A collection of sonically traversing styles, vibes and decades 'Listen Up Vol. 01' shares a glimpse into the varied Bushwacka! sound world, which is a wealth of ambient melodies, techno, breaks, deep house and classic tech-house all rooted firmly in his unique production and engineering flavour.
Lead track ‘Harps’ takes on a life of its own from the opening pad swells. Breaksy in that unique way that Bushwacka makes them organic: almost breathing with the beat, he uses every musical cell in his body to create an epic, emotion-packed end-of-the-night opus from so little.
Piano shimmers, harp and elastic drums make this a joy to behold. Never linear or obvious, it ebbs and flows majestically always inviting fresh feels with each change of focus. Essential weaponry for myriad reasons.
Featuring a broad selection of music taken from the cult Plank and Oblong labels and more, choice remixes and tracks from longtime friends and collaborators including Asad Rivzi, Layo Paskin and Dez Ingram, 'Listen Up!' is an essential collection for lovers of underground electronics of every style. All tracks featured have been transferred from the extensive Bushwacka! DAT archive and remastered with love by Lawrie Curvepusher.
Bushwacka! - Harps
Plus+ - Untitled
Bushwacka! - Unestimated Growth
Bushwacka! - Smashed
Asad Rizvi-Dual (Bushwacka! Remix)
The Usual Suspects - Nightstalking
Bushwacka! - Grief
Makesome Breaksome - The Vision
Media Support / News - Resident Advisor, Ransom Note, Attack Magazine Interview and feature.
Published: 4th May 2020