2010 is going to be a busy year for Ben Sharpa. Ben is back in Europe for the Vagina Rush Tour with R;zatz, K-the-I??, Bluebird and DJ Raiko. So far they have 9 dates booked for March and April, but more are being added all the time. Check out the gigs page for more info.
We’re also working hard on the new 4D Live Show. Rehearsals start at the end of February before Ben leaves for Europe. 4D is a live improvised hip hop, electro-dub, grime mashup featuring Ben Sharpa on ‘freestyle’, dubbed-out, sampled, re-sampled, chopped-up, cut and scratched vocals. Dplanet on production, using Ableton Live and an Akai APC40 to manipulate heavy Robot Army riddims. DJ Raiko behind the decks, using Technics SL1210s and Serrato to create cuts, scratches and live DJ effects. spo0ky on the Vidvox VDMX using bespoke graphic and motion design to create high-impact visual stimulus and Siya singing dubbed-out African melodies
4D is a collision of futuristic freestyle underground lyrical hip hop, apocalyptic electro-dub Robot Army Music (RAM) and mind-altering, analogue impulse triggered visual stimulus. Participants will be taken on a 4 dimensional journey through the heaviest, darkest, dirtiest, raw dubs narrated by the astro physicist Kaptin’ of your ship, Ben Sharpa.
We’ve also started working on Ben’s second solo album. It’s still in the concept phase but you can expect more dark, grimy, electo-dub – this time we’ll be twisting the fabric of time and space to create a project that goes back to Ben’s GroundWorks roots in hip hop.
The collaborations keep on coming too. Ben has worked with Mode 9 (Nigeria), Siete Nueve (Puerto Rico), Foreign Beggars (UK), Milanese (UK), K-the-I?? (US), High Tones (France), R;zatz (France) and, most recently, LV (Hyperdub, UK). Expect a lot more for 2010!
That’s how we rrrrrrrrroll!!