The individual artists who make up Benin City have been quite busy this year with amazing projects but finally I get to share their new release which is streaming on their VEVO below for US listeners and included in Spotify’s New Music Friday for the UK & Iceland for my across the pond pals!
“What A Time” is a bit of a party anthem that despite sounding so carefree is really about coming to peace with oneself, enjoying life and poetically states, “these are your best years/be careful how you spend them.” It highlights their distinct sound with beats from multi-instrumentalist Tom Leaper and dual vocals by Joshua Idehen and Shanaz Dorsett.
Dorsett reflected on the song’s meaning for her personally, “What A Time embodies how I felt about turning 30—so empowered and at peace with myself… but often completely overwhelmed by having all the choices but few of the resources to truly ‘live my best life.’ In ways it’s the realistic party anthem that I needed.” Dorsett also relayed how finally coming out as queer worked in tandem with this coming to terms with oneself.
Benin City is a London-based trio that represents the diversity of the city, exploring and challenging social and political issues. Their second album tackled the notion of the depleting London club scene and its impact on the artistic community. Their forthcoming EP later this year will face head on similar themes as a both an interrogation and celebration as Londoners.