Boomkat Product Review:
Benny Blanko from the Bronx, as he was referred to on his smashin debut twelve for Playhouse - 'All The Way Down' - comes with an album collecting some of his earlier, hard to find productions for Homestyle 1995-1999, interspersed with some new bespoke productions and this proves to be a good move, adding diversity and a sense of longevity. Opening with 'We Can Fly' is perfect for an album like this, big fat synth-bass and a genuine feelin that you're warming up for something good. 'Beautiful' feat Danio touches down with a warm soulful flavour, smoochin it inna smooth style - 'Put Yr Hands' adds heartrending keys, a sizeable bass dimension, and a stirring soulful sista snippet - mighty deep fonk!! '12 bits of funk' has to be one of the highlights here, revealing some deep wah-wahed, conga'd vibes from the big apple. Blanko's facility with moving between more house and then hip-hop influenced material makes this one useful, consistently listenable album - the title track would be a decent beats weapon in any self-respecting box. 'Beatdown on electric ave.' picks up where we left off on the first disc, a genuine love of bass, vocal hiccups and party all night drums. 'Khamelion' keeps on doin it like you oughta - ten minutes sprawling over the last side, delicious reduced moodymann vibes. Good stuff.