Jeff Bennett album on Plastic City
The new album from Jeff Bennett is called “Endwise” and will be released on Plastic City in march 2006. Jeff Bennett´s earliest influences came from Detroit based acts like Derrik May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, but also from Richie Hawtin´s label Plus 8. But Jeff was influenced by European acts such as Stefan Roberts, 808 State, The KLF, Terry Lee Brown Junior and labels like Plastic City, Poker Flat, Svek or Circulation and loads of Reggae and Dub artists. After a couple of 12” on imprints like Plastic City, Middle Rec, KGBeats, Zebra3, Sensai and many more it´s time for Jeff Bennett to present his new album on Plastic City: Endwise! Jeff is always in the studio or on the road, playing clubs across the globe like the hollowed Fabric in London. All these different influences he was gathering around the world for years you can hear on this album in a compact and impressive way, creating new vibes, new sounds and a complete new sound aesthetic. And of course you can hear the experience and knowledge of a producer who can look on more than 50 releases. Consequently Captain Jeff Bennett is steering his Yacht in the name of “Endwise” through the oceans of soundaesthetics, cruising with sensitiveness and the correct intuition for the right sound selection between the dubby, housy, progressive and clubby island world. Jeff Bennett is exploring the last blank spots on the musical map gently but forcefully. With “Endwise” Jeff Bennett has created the perfect sound symbiosis: dense, atmospheric and organic sound structures – compact and showing the easiness of being at the same time. Laissez faire meets dolce far niente, with a adequate portion of melancholy and dozens of good vibes. Jeff Bennett succeeds on “Endwise” in building the perfect bow of tension with warm and pumping beats, catchy melodies and his inimitable intuition for harmonic arrangements: from the dreamy, atmospheric “The Beginning”, over the dubby “Become”, the forward pushing beats of “Metals”, “Low Gravity” with its playful airiness, the percussive “Moonset”, the acid infected “What is this” warming you up for the clubby “Believing” with its catchy hook and intoxicating bass line, giving you the ultimate Detroit House feeling, to the grandiose “Timelines” convincing with its progressive character and forward pushing beats. On the CD you can find additionally the wonderful “Man was made to suffer” that is convincing with its dubby influences, bringing the typical Caribbean melancholy with its emotional Reggae vocals, “Prototype” with its congenial lounge character and “Faster Winds” at the end. In spite of its partly melancholy “Endwise” is all along a source for the joy of living, a rare opus that is affecting us profoundly, thought-provoking and makes us dance. With its tracks “Endwise” is a figurehead of contemporary electronic dance music and is proving in an impressive manner, what is possible, if an artist is brave enough to combine different and exciting influences, having the intuition to combine all these diverse influences to one compact, organic but varied ensemble. On his endless search for perfection Jeff Bennett has arrived finally.