'Benjy Keating listed Vybz Kartel and Alkaline among his influences, but also mentioned religious English composers like Arvo Pärt and John Taverner, plus Ghanaian/Nigerian Afrobeats artist Mr Eazi. ...

His self-released 2014 mixtape, Ascensión, combined some of the superficial textures of PC Music with earnest lyrics, a choral reverence, and Caribbean rhythms. His album Pagan, out in June via Dre Skull's dancehall-focused label Mixpak, simplifies these characteristics even further, sometimes incorporating vivid instrumental interludes that recall ambient and trance. ...

loneliness permeates Pagan. It wasn't surprising to learn that Keating spends a lot of time soaking up poetry; he was reading Rilke at the time of our interview, and named Zimbabwean poet Dambudzo Marechera as an old favorite. Palmistry lyrics can drift from outright darkness (most of my friends suicidal, Keating sings on "Sino," his voice disarmingly sweet) to a reverence for sadness (the chorus of album closer "Sweetness" celebrates the sweetness of malady). There's depression, a desperation to connect, and ultimately: a "fuck it" attitude.' --FADER

Flash Frequency

K.Chambers is the guy behind Flash Frequency, a Dallas graphic designer and musician who has been creating sounds since 05. In the past, he's worked with artists like Erick Arc Elliot & UNO Hype. However, Flash Frequency's talent goes far beyond the Hip Hop tune. As Flash Frequency, this current DC artist blends swirling seductive melodies and sometimes unorthodox sequencing into a phenomenal soundscape. Sometimes his sound crisscrosses between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating a supersonic soundscape that extends most musical horizons.

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