The UK's Ben Westbeech isn't the most likely candidate for the XLR8R podcast series, as the classically trained musician and producer is often recognized for his skills as a crooner. Next month, he'll be releasing a new album, There's More to Life Than This, via the venerable Strictly Rhythm label. (Check the first single, "Falling," to hear Westbeech's vocal chops.) That said, the man also knows his electronic music, previously producing drum & bass and other gully sounds as Lean and, more recently, digging into proper house music under his own name. Last year, he unveiled a new moniker, Breach, a highly percussive, UK funky-inspired project that happened to turn out the massive "Fatherless" tune. In all honesty, it's that direction that has us most intrigued at XLR8R, although we're undeniably curious about what There's More to Life Than This will have in store. In tribute to his penchant for split personalities, Westbeech has put together a massive mix that explores both of his personas. The podcast begins with soul-infused, mature house sounds before eventually transitioning into more upfront, bass-infused territory. Thankfully, his song selection, not to mention his mixing skills, shines throughout.
Ben Westbeech Section
01 7fingers "Let My Key Be C"
02 Agoria "Simon" (Infine)
03 Marlow "Intro"
04 Manik "White Motif (Shur-i-kan vs Miton Jackson Mix)" (Vector Mode)
05 Kornel Kovacs "Baby Step" (Studio Barnhus)
06 Frederico Malinari "Chucking Express" (Oslo)
07 DJ Jus-ed "I'm Coming (Levon Vincent Remix)" (Underground Quality)
08 Kink "E79" (Ovum)
09 Ben Westbeech "Falling (Deetron's Paradise Vocal Remix)" (Strictly Rhythm)
10 Peven Everett "Bangin (Kay Alexi Edit)" (Studio Confession)
11 The Martinez Brothers "Issshhh" (Objektivity)
12 Black Box feat. Lonnie Gordon "Bad Mood (MK and Masters At Work Dub)" (SBK)
13 Soul Purpose/Nuyorican Soul "Nervous Track (Let's Dance Reprise)" (Nervous)
14 Bama "Ghetto of the Mind" (Aware)
15 Breach "Gullymunt" (White)
16 Breach "Fatherless VIP" (Ramp)
17 Seiji "Weedkiller" (Seiji)
18 Tong and Spoon "Muchness (Kink Remix)" (Size)
19 Photek "Rings of Saturn (Breach Remix)" (white)
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