Ben & Lex
It’s been a long, hot summer for Ben & Lex with festival appearances at The Glade, Hanover’s Love Parade (Germany) and Beautiful Days as well as plenty of headlining spots across the country.
The Devonshire duo have been wowing audiences in the South West for over eight years, and now their own vinyl releases have now confirmed them as one of the hottest properties in breakbeat.
Their debut single “Cosa Nostra” was released on Functional Breaks in 2003 and received universal DJ and radio support around the world. Their second release for the label followed soon after, a double ‘A’ sided single “Proper Tasty / Reconsidered” which firmly stamped its mark on the breaks scene with radio play on Radio One, Ministry of Sound FM, Breaks FM, several other international shows and has had DJ support from the likes of Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, Skool of Thought, Tayo and Steelzawheelz to name but a few.
As well as continuing to release on Functional Breaks - their tune “Soundgal“, as featured on Freq Nasty’s Breakspoll 2006 compilation, is released as Functional #44 - the boys have been approached by the likes of Big Square for “Floor Burn“, Trusted for “Funky Music” (also a top ten O2 ringtone) and Drum and Breaks for “Raw 2 Da Floor/ Le Chunk” ft MC Spee (Dreadzone).
Their distinctive sound can be heard on their weekly NuSkool Breaks ( NSB ) radio show which has been nominated for best radio show for two years running at Breakspoll. Ben & Lex have also had an exclusive half-hour mix on Radio 1 for Annie Nightingale and they are residents at the UK’s longest running monthly breakbeat night, Beatz & Bobz, where they regularly support break beat heavyweights such as Rennie Pilgrem, Freq Nasty, Tayo, James Lavelle (Unkle) and The Freestylers as well as giants such as the Wu tang, Afrika Bambaata, Grandmaster Flash, Adam F & Fresh and DJ Zinc.
As well as critically acclaimed sets across the UK, they are gaining international kudos with recent appearances at the Miami Winter Music Conference, Dangerous Drums in Berlin, Mission Dance Winter Sessions in Mannheim and the Break Nation festival in Seville where they rocked it to a crowd of over 10,000 Spanish nutters!!
They are now also running their own brand new label Ape Music (including forthcoming releases & remixes from Will White (Propellorheads), Ben & Lex, Transformer Man, Entity, Afghan Headspin, 601 & more) and with releases on Functional Breaks, Silo Records, and Jardim plus many big remixes already lined up for the rest of this year, these two Westcountry Warriors look like they will be impossible to escape, so go see them and treat yourself to a damn good party!