This month we decided to open the doors on the musical mind of one of the OG’s of the Grit scooter team. Ben Wilkinson took the time to share with us some of his favourite albums while reviewing them at the same time.
Fox Stevenson – Endless (EP)
From Leeds here in the UK, Fox Stevenson is reasonably new to the music scene, but has already made lasting impressions, with an individual voice that is perfectly suited to the electronic genre. Although yet to release a full album, he has multiple singles and EP’s that all leave you keen and waiting for the next. An example of this is the EP – Endless, featuring 4 tracks that will have you pushing the replay button over and over again. The title song, also called ‘Endless’, is a chill glitch-hop tune that will set you up for any ride, street or park. Couple this with the vibe from the rest of the EP and it leaves you imagining the celestial tunes we will get from Fox Stevenson in the future! This has got to be one of the only play-lists out there that is perfect for both chilling to, and hammering it. With plenty more songs out there to hear, and even more to still release, Fox Stevenson is an artist to watch out for in the future.
Pendulum – In Silico
Pendulum’s second, full length album, ‘In Silico’, is an electro rock/DnB album that is guaranteed to get you pumped and energised. Since it’s release in 2008, ‘In Silico’ has stuck as one of my favourite albums out to date. It is a reasonably small album, with only 10 songs on the standard release, but each song different enough from the next to keep you interested and hungry for more. One of these is ‘Granite’. I personally think that this is one of Pendulum’s best tunes across any album that they’ve released, tied with ‘The Tempest’. Both songs have a completely different sound to any other song in their genre, and were both really original sounds to hear back at the release six years ago, still standing out today. ‘Granite’, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘9000 Miles’, were even featured in the hit video game ‘Need for Speed: Undercover. ‘In Silico’ is one of those albums that you can pick up any time, anywhere and just enjoy it. Whatever style or genre you’re into, this album is 100% worth a listen and I can guarantee that you won’t regret it!
Savant – Orakel
Savant is a Norwegian producer who has released 10 albums since his career began in 2009, an amazing amount, especially considering that every track manages to be unique and equally as good as the next. Savant has been a personal favourite of mine since I first heard him several years ago, mostly because of how original and rare the tracks he produces are, using a combination of electro, 8-Bit and drum and base, he creates music very different to anyone else. Orakel is Savant’s most recent album and he does not disappoint! At 21 tracks, it is one of his largest albums released to date, running for 1hr 25mins. Although the sounds are unusual, the range of genres covered in this album are so broad that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone and every style, so just give Savant a try and see what you think.
Sub Focus – Sub Focus
Sub Focus’ first album was released in 2009, simply named Sub Focus, it featured 13 tracks designed to raise your pulse, making it perfect for those long sessions and landing bangers! Probably the most well recognised song from this album is ‘Rock It’, a heavy drum and base beat with a drop that will melt your mind and help you push your riding to the limits. On top of these fast paced tunes, Sub Focus also uses the liquid genre to full effect, providing slower electronic rhythms for those of you who prefer to ride chill and casual, with songs like ‘Could be Real’ and ‘Splash’ providing a more subdued approach to Sub Focus’ base heavy music.