Pioneering UK bass producer and DJ Adegbenga Adejumo, best known simply as Benga, is back with his first new track in two years, "Make Moves." The track is the lead single off the artist's forthcoming 3 track EP titled Future Funk which is due out February 26th via his own Benga Beats imprint.
— BENGA (@iambenga) January 13, 2016
"Make Moves" premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show last week. Today, Benga shared the track across several music sharing platforms; you can listen to it via the producer's Soundcloud below.
The producer brings his typically darker sound to the thumping new track. While it lingers in the low end as expected from the dubstep pioneer, the track sees the bass producer embracing a futuristic acid house style.
The space-robot vocals reminiscent of some of the best dance tracks of previous decades repeat the notably uplifting lines "make moves not money" throughout, almost like a not-so-subliminal message urging listeners to follow the producer's lead and focus on one's art above all else. With a track like this kicking-off the new year, 2016's dancefloors are already shaping up to be pretty next-level.
In a statement accompanying the release, Benga says: "It's been two years and I have grown a lot, and I now know what's important: music," Thump reports. About the music itself, the producer explains "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!"
The new single and forthcoming EP mark the official end of Benga's much talked about mental health hiatus. After announcing his retirement from music altogether in 2014, the producer opened up late last year about the mental health issues that had actually kept him from the studio and the decks. He had started the open dialogue with fans on Twitter and discussed his struggles, and triumphant return, in detail with The Guardian.
The producer's first DJ gig in two years is also coming up in February, MixMag reports. He will be throwing down at a Tectonic showcase at London's Fabric Club alongside Mumdance, Pinch, Acre, Ipman, Sgt. Pokes, Riko Dan and Koast.