Review: AOB vs. Rhian Benson – Be

I wrote this review for NXG Magazine back in June, but I am still in love with this song today.

Rhian Benson is back with her second album after nearly 8 years and boy, am I excited. You may remember the beautiful British soulstress coming on the scene in 2003 with Say How I Feel. She wrote all the songs on her debut album, Gold Coast, as well as co-producing it and composing the music on the keyboard and guitar. Phew. After a winning a MOBO in 2005, she disappeared and I was left heartbroken. Her second album Hands Clean (which is out now) is full of cutting edge, modern soul sounds.

The second single from the album, Be featuring Jonas Rendbo, has just been given an almighty makeover by my favourite producer of the moment, Antony On The Beat. The 22 year old south Londoner fuses R&B, Dubstep, Grime, Hip-Hop and everything in-between. He has been making waves in the industry this year, more recently with his remix of Soundgirl’s Don’t Know Why. I love A.O.B’s signature style – it is authentic and experimental, ahead of his time, and always addictive. Putting his spin on Be, he has brought the chill-out track to life, turning it into a grimey yet seductive (oxymoron?) dancefloor filler, with a heavy Dubstep feel. His debut E.P, A.O.B Vs. The World is due to be released before the end of 2011 – expect big things. Watch out for more news and exclusives from A.O.B on twitter or if you are a Facebooker, step this way: if you are a social networking recluse (I jest, I envy you) then holler and subscribe at

Rihan Benson Vs. A.O.B Be ( is available on iTunes.


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