|Diverse Dubstep Reflections | Posted November 11, 2013
If you have listened to Benjah since his first release, you would say that he is not your "cookie cutter" reggae artist. He will go from traditional reggae to dance to hip hop. It is great that his work encompasses different styles in his quest to reach the lost. The great thing is the production and placements have allowed it to be fluid and not "all over the place." This fall he releases a remix album, Haze & Reflections (Vanity Fair Remixed), a dubstep/trap music/pop collage. Cardec Drums, Bryson Pryce, Sweedish Revolution and Benjah's Ginger Beer serve as the album's producers.
"Work" gets reworked into even more of a banger with elements that Skrillex and Deadmau5 fans will love. Self proclaimed misfits, Social Clubs add more punch to it and "Work" kicks into overtime. Thankfully the message of Christ and His love is not drowned out by the dope production. Ram-1 brings the dancehall heat and Benjah does his best singing on "Love Signs." Listening to this album makes me want more from Ginger Beer (Adam Gilley, Sky and Benjah). They bring a nice smooth balance to "Flowin," along with Ron Kenoly Jr. and Json.
For those who like to vibe to music without lyrics, this album has an instrumental for each song. "Stones" is one of the three remixes that does not have a feature, and it's one of the songs that really did not quite mesh well with this album. Benjah can definitely hold his own when doing things alone, but this one could have used some better mixing. Mackintosh and Canon join the grind with Benjah on "Grizzly." Mackintosh, the lesser known of the three totally kills his bars and will leave you asking for more from him. The same goes for Lee Green and Dillavou who blaze "Don't Shoot."
Some do not like the "busyness" of dubstep, but it goes well with the songs that were picked for this album of remixes. Benjah continues to blaze trails in Christian music. Don't sleep on him because he continues to evolve as an artist and producer.
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