Back To Mine with Andrea Benini

Laraaji – I Am Sky

Hypnotic and sensual sounds are the main ingredients from this great artist sometimes underrated. This track always gives me a peace of mind.

Laraaji - I Am Sky


Michel Petrucciani – Caravan (Herbert Remix)

A Duke Ellington’s jazz standard reinterpreted by genius French pianist Michel Petrucciani. Matthew Herbert deliver a crazy top notch remix of this classic. Get your hears prepared!

Caravan (Michel Petrucciani) - Matthew Herbert revisited


Alice Coltrane – Turiya And Ramakrishna

Alice Coltrane was a great american jazz pianist and composer and also the second wife of jazz colossus John Coltrane. Her music was very deep and emotional. This track is unbelievable. Food for soul.

Alice Coltrane - Turiya And Ramakrishna


Air – Le Soleil Est Près de Moi

I’ve always loved the French band Air. Their extreme refined sounds have always captured my attention. The use of the vocoder in this track is very interesting and the melody very intriguing. A late night track.

Air - Le Soleil Est Près de Moi (05)


Dorothy Ashby – Myself When Young

The music of Dorothy Ashby is just fantastic. Probably the first black female artist to use harp in jazz and soul music. She has always beed very inspiring to me. This track is pure beauty.

Dorothy Ashby - Myself When Young


Kuniyuki Takahashi – Precious Hall

Kuniyuki is a great Japanese producer and dj. I like very much his approach on dance music creating a bridge between house, techno, dub and jazz. This track is a dancefloor pearl.

Kuniyuki Takahashi - Precious Hall


Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Rap 2

One of the soul Masters. His voice is just unbelievable. This is the original version sampled by Portishead to create the modern masterpiece “Glory Box”

Isaac Hayes - Ike's Rap 2 -


King Sunny Ade – Ja Funmi (Waka Version)

King Sunny Ade is a Nigerian musician and composer and a very important pioneer of the so called “World” music. Here is a rare instrumental version, very hypnotic and groovy.

King Sunny Ade - Ja Funmi (Waka Version)


Linkwood Family – Miles Away

One of my favorite late night dancefloor track. The way they combine jazz, soul and house music is sublime.


Francis Bebey – Forest Nativity

The music of Bebey is very inspiring for me. The way he was using sounds and poetry is very smart and refine. This is one of my favorite track. Play it loud and at late night!

Francis Bebey - Forest Nativity


Andrea Benini ‘Drumphilia Vol. 1’ due 6th July via Cristalline Records

Italian electronic artist Andrea Benini, lead singer of cross-genre band Mop Mop, is pleased to announce details of his debut album, ‘Drumphilia volume 1’ this summer. The album is a rhythmic experiment that sits on the fault line between traditional instrumentation and analogue electronics. The project is a response to many years spent working with, learning about and listening to African and Caribbean percussion. Traditional rhythmic influences are combined with analogue drum machines and drum synths to create a hybrid sound that continues in the tradition of artists like Frances Bebey.
Andrea details the album: “It is a journey inspired by early African electronic music and modern beats”.
There are no traditional harmonic instruments on the recordings – the aim was to create melody and texture using only carefully tuned percussion instruments whether organic or electronic. Basslines were created by blending drum synth tones with the acoustic marimbula a traditional Caribbean instrument that was often used in place of a bass guitar. Melodies were created with everything from log drums and thumb pianos to early Soviet drum modules and the trailblazing Pearl Syncussion SY-1.
Various time signatures and textures are used across the album to produce melody out of rhythm – hypnotic evolving tracks that celebrate and highlight the importance of rhythm in modern music. All the sessions were recorded at the Mop Mop studio in Berlin between September and December 2016. Instruments featured include: Log drum, marimbula, kalimba, sansula, krabebs, Pearl Syncussion SY-1, Vermona DRM1, MFB Tanzbär, MFB Tanzmaus, RMIF Elsita, assorted drum machines and talkboxes.

2LP/CD/Digi Out on Cristalline – a division of – Agogo Records