Benny Page slams straight back into action alongside legendary vocalist Sweetie Irie for an all out clash of styles in the form of their latest album ‘P.U.R.P.L.E’. Expect the unexpected here as this really is a demonstration of experience, roots and culture. Check the technique as this is Benny’s first real long player and it’s been well worth the wait.
The clever blend of upfront drum and bass perfectly combine with elements of reggae soundsystem culture, 90’s jungle elements and a whole lot of good vibes. ‘Power’ featuring vocals from none other than Rebel MC is a fine start to the album and is a clear demonstration of just how deep Benny’s roots are in the jungle. The refix of ‘Should a Know’, one of the original festival anthems, has been cleverly switched out into a relaxed, half paced jam out. Hold tight.. flipping the script with ‘Buss a Lickle Shape’ and you really have next years summertime anthem, just a few months early!
It’s hard to really pinpoint the top track from this album as it’s so diverse and unique that every track really comes into its own. Take for example ‘This Ain’t Living’ featuring the superb vocal talents of Gemma Fox. A melodic, heartfelt track perfectly built for both radio. This, alongside ‘Fallen Soldier’ really do demonstrate the diverse range of skills on offer here from both Benny Page and Sweetie Irie.
A superb high grade, high energy combination of the albums original values of peace, unity, respect, power, love and energy. Don’t sleep on this, it’s a full on monster of an album.
Press Release: Dubplate Creative
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