Benny Sings

Benny Sings

Benny Sings released his new album ​City Pop​, his sixth album and first for Stones Throw in February 2019. On ​City Pop​, he delivers real-life observations and insights on love, holding together soft rock-inspired songwriting and jazz instrumentation with his leading piano and distinctive vocal. The album was inspired by and written in cities all over the world, including New York, LA, Tokyo, Paris and Benny’s hometown of Amsterdam. Benny Sings debuted in 2003 with ​Champagne People​. Since then he has performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk (their only Dutch guest to date); toured the world with Mayer Hawthorne, and collaborated with the likes of Anderson Paak’s Free Nationals, GoldLink, and Mndsgn. In 2017 he featured on Rex Orange County’s megahit “Loving Is Easy”, a collaboration that arose from mutual admiration: "Benny has always been a massive inspiration for me and my music,” says the BBC Sound of 2018 breakout star, “In my opinion he’s one of the most underrated producers and artists going.” Like the 2015 album​ Studio,​ ​City Pop ​celebrates collaboration with Hawthorne, Cornelius, Sukimaswitch (“the Japanese Steely Dan”), Mocky and Faberyayo among the featured artists. True to the album’s name, cities from around the world play a starring role. He conceived most of the album’s songs in Amsterdam and co-producer Renaud Letang — who has worked with Feist, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lianne La Havas — helped bring his ideas to life in Paris’ renowned Studios Ferber.

The album was premiered at NPR’s First Listen & Anderson Paak named ‘City Pop’ one of the best albums of 2019 at Benji B's BBC Radio 1 show. John Mayer showed love for ‘Not Enough’ on his Instagram.

A first-generation Mexican-American, 19-year-old Mauri began experimenting with music as a child, borrowing his older brother's guitar at the early age of 8. At 16, he began to release his own songs online made with an old mixer, playing each instrument on the tracks himself. Inspired by record collections from his parents' generation, Mauri formulated his own sound based on Central and South American soft-rock and alternative pop from the '70s and '80s, and his name is an homage to Chilean pop group Los Ángeles Negros.

Los Retros' debut EP Retrospect is a heart-baring journey that draws from Mauri's own experiences, all told through ear-catching melodies and atmospheric sounds. Across the EP's 6 songs, Los Retros reflects on life and love with intimate songs that span across a variety of influences from R&B to psychedelic rock.



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