Benin City, the London-based three-piece comprised of vocalists Joshua Idehenand Shanaz Dorsett with multi-instrumentalist Tom Leaper, today share a video for their current
single, “Take Me There”.
“Take Me There” is a "grimey, dark, throbbing, pre-dancefloor tune". The track is the first new music since the band’s debut project, Fires in the Park, and is taken from their upcoming first record for Moshi Moshi which will be an ode to London’s nigthlife, released in spring of next year. Full details are to be announced soon.
The band said the following about “Take Me There”:
“We always felt the album should start with something about that giddy anticipation when walking into a club for the first time - that feeling as you walk through the double door and bass fills your knees and everything is potential and everyone is interesting and dry ice and strobes are in the air. We had been working on this beat with our producer Marc Pell (Micachu and the Shapes) for a few weeks and still tinkering with the chorus section when I wrote a poem about my own experiences - most of my lyrics first come as either whole poems, couplets or as a chorus. We placed it on the beat and it was a perfect fit.”
Clubbing is a source of euphoria: a weekly, often daily escape, a respite from the grind. That culture and its landmarks – some of London’s best venues and many countless pubs - are slowly disappearing for good. On the band’s record, due for release next year, Benin City will be taking an album-long look at the dual nature of London’s nightlife.
With a sound and mood that locates itself in a small sweet spot between Faithless, Metronomy and early Stromae, the album’s narrators draw on the last decade of their collective experiences as ravers, bar workers and observers. These reflections are primed for the dancefloor: a hook-laden blend of Afro-dance pop, hip-hop, spoken word and electronica that is both infectious and poignant.