Benga Claps Back on Thumping ‘Future Funk’
The title track off of the groundbreaking U.K. DJ's forthcoming EP, and triumphant return to form
Pioneering dubstep DJ Benga may have originally thought Kraftwerk was related to the cheese, but his latest single, “Future Funk,” moves with a bumptious stiffness that would make the German icons proud. Coming off of the 29-year-old Londoner’s forthcoming EP of the same title — his slamming comeback after retreating from the public last year due to mental health issues — the track also radiates Prince vibes in the bass line somewhere between a crunch and a squelch, infusing the flatly intoned, robotic vocals with a little heat and humor.
Of the EP, Benga wrote on his SoundCloud: “It’s been two years and I have grown a lot, and I now know what’s important: music. I’m back and I think my sound is the most ‘me’ it’s been since [2008’s] 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!”
Listen to “Future Funk” below, and pre-order Future Funk here before its release date this Friday, February 26 (via his own Benga Beats imprint).