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No.1 Sound feat Ricky Rankin (Remixes)
~ Benji Boko
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD044
|No.1 Sound (Benji Bokos Jump Up Re-Rub) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (Hint Remix) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (Beta Hector Remix) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (Kiddas Black Friday Mix) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (Boy Coms Almighty Planet Remix) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (DJ HaDJ Remix) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
|No.1 Sound (Benji Bokos Jump Up Re-Rub Instrumental) [feat Ricky Rankin]||Buy MP3 £0.50||L 1|
“No. 1 Sound feat. Ricky Rankin (Remixes)” is the second single from Benji Boko’s debut solo album ‘Beats, Treats And All Things Unique’, which came out in 2011 to much fanfare, with tastemaker support from the likes of Rob Da Bank (BBC R1), Don Letts (BBC 6Music), FIP (Radio France), Laurent Garnier, Clash, DJ Mag, Data Transmission, Mobo.com and many more across the board.
Following on from the first single (“Where My Heart Is” - a mellow, mellifluous burner that featured Faithless’ Maxi Jazz on vocals) “No. 1 Sound” switches it up a gear or ten, showing off the livewire side to Boko’s persona – more in line with the relentless energy of his acclaimed ‘Can I Mix It?’ live DJ extravaganza. The bouncing reggae beat, and Roots Manuva-collaborator Rankin’s live, freestyled vocal, made the original album version of “No. 1 Sound” a standout carnival cut that Boko describes as “the ultimate festival tune - it never stops for a second”. Now, the remixes see label mates Hint and Beta Hector, plus Kidda (Skint), Boy Com and DJ Hadj - as well as Boko himself - put a fresh spin on this absolute summer stormer, welcoming the warm weather in party starting style.
Benji Boko’s Jump Up Re-Rub kicks off proceedings, opening with some serene synth action, but don’t be fooled – your feet will not stay still for long as it rapidly winds up into hyperactive territory; Hint takes things even further with a bass-happy, trippy gem sprung from the same rich, rave-loving vein of form that the Annie Mac-approved producer taps on his much fêted new album ‘Daily Intake’ (out 19th March). Beta Hector brings the psychedelic sub bass; Kidda returns the favour of a great Benji Boko Remix last year with a joyful, summery slice of funky house; Noah of funk/hip hip band Boy Com chills it down with a downtempo head nodder, replete with acoustic guitar; and DJ Hadj’s intense breaks workout will have club speakers pulsing all over the World. Look out for a free download of Benji Boko’s Jump Up Re-Rub (Instrumental) on Tuesday 10th April.
Since the album put his production skills under the limelight, Benji Boko has been increasingly in demand as a remixer, laying down a crazy list of official reworks last year for the likes of DJ Shadow, Little Dragon, Pixie Lott, Chromeo & Solange Knowles, Beardyman and Fatboy Slim among others. He also impressed Yoko Ono with a unique collaborative track in conjunction with Soundcloud, resulting in a Yoko Ono featured vocal.
An innovative, energetic DJ and producer, Benji Boko’s larger-than-life DJ presence and amazing mixing skills are matched by his creative prowess as a producer and beat-maker. His fresh, melodic, slightly twisted hip hop-infused pop is as much influenced by Beardyman, DJ Yoda, Fatboy Slim and The Neptunes as it is by cartoons, Peter Sellers, Monty Python and fairytales. In recent years Boko has made a major impression with his ‘Can I Mix It?’ DJ shows, which he describes as “on the fly, off the cuff, completely improvised live remixing”, and counts Rob Da Bank, Zane Lowe and DJ Yoda among his fanbase. From Bestival to V Festival and Ibiza to Amsterdam – not to mention the New Year’s Eve midnight set at the O2, with Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 – Boko has been transporting people in their thousands into a world of pure imagination; he is about to undertake his first Asian tour plus a handful of UK/European shows. Look out for festival dates, tba.
“A hot new producer” – CLASH
“New talent on the block – loads of talent” – ROB DA BANK (BBC RADIO 1)
“Benji Boko is the bollocks!” – DON LETTS (BBC 6MUSIC)
“very very very good music” - FIP (NATIONAL RADIO FRANCE)
"Really fun and unique" - ZANE LOWE (BBC R1)
“Benji is the future! His ‘Can I Mix It?’ show is FRIKKIN’ MEGA!” - DJ YODA
“Remarkable” – 4 STARS – MOBO.com