Starting off big, last month BenZel dropped an infectious slow jam remix of Jessie Ware's "If You Love Me." While the track vividly brought back all the glory of the 90s and really made me wish I could go back armed with this futuristic version of R&B greatness, blow a couple minds and change the future, I thought it was more a private feeling than a potentially universal one. Plus, it was hard to know what to expect from these guys with just one release of that specific nature.
But a few days ago, BenZel laid out a new soulful future garage banger, "Fallin' Love." That's when I noticed the slow trickle. Their first track started to pop up more and people were saying things like "this has been my favorite track of the year" (which speaks so much to social media trends and short attention spans -- I mean, the track was only a month old but hey...) BenZel could very well be the next Denzel Washington of future garage. I'm feeling it too; I'm on board.
Who is BenZel? Their bio is the best I've read so I'll just leave it to them for the introduction:
"BenZel is Umi Takahashi (15) and Yoko Watanabe (16). Originally from Osaka; Umi and Yoko both travelled to New York through their local foreign exchange program. They met in early 2012 through an online message board about ankle socks and quickly discovered they each had a profound appreciation for 90's R&B and J. Dilla. After many failed attempts to create a hypoallergenic ankle sock, they decided to put their efforts toward other creative ventures. Following hours of soul searching; they decided to start BenZel...they've been working on it since yesterday."