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Including the first digital edition of Mala’s DMZ anthem ‘Lean Forward’, BBC Radio 1’s broken beats don lassos 24 tracks of UKF, dubstep, jazz-funk, deep house and techno by illustrious producers spanning his tenure of the Deviation clubnight & label
Since his days as Gilles Peterson’s producer to his current late night slot on R1, Benji B continues to be a pivotal player in the UK and international broken beats scene - a taxonomy which is, by now, a very loose term for myriad flavours of deep, Afro and Afro-American rooted musics.
‘Deviation Classics’ demonstrates his impeccable tastes running the gamut of suave Detroit grooves by Theo Parrish, Rick Wilhite. KDJ and Carl Craig and The Detroit Experiment, thru to the seminal D-Malice remix of ‘Gabryelle’ and ‘Seasons’ by Lil Silva for the UKF heads, and perhaps most cannily placing a digital exclusive of Mala’s ‘Lean Forward’ - previously vinyl only - alongside Martyn’s dubstep classic ‘Vancouver’ and crispy cuts delivered by 00Genesis, Flying Lotus, and Maurice Fulton, plus many more included individually and also tied up in Benji’s 78 minute mix.