It is obvious Ben soaked up the sun drenched culture and musical inspirations down under, as his latest INKAL release “Systéme Solaire” showcases Ben’s diversity in the studio, and a more melodic side to Ben’s sound that perfectly balances musicality while maintaining underground credibility, amounting to what is arguably Ben’s strongest work yet.
With multiple represses on each INKAL release so far, the momentum is building for Ben and INKAL004 will only serve to enhance his ever-burgeoning reputation as a purveyor of dancefloor-ready weapons.
The EP kicks off with the title-track A-side “Systémes Solaire”, a track which displays all the trademark influences Ben Rau has become synonymous for , as expert drum programming glitchy percussion and a rolling funk bassline combine to provide the groove.
“Systéme Solaire” has hooky elements in abundance, as a combination of chord work and constantly evolving synths team up to create a memorable, peak-time bomb. The B-side, “Expand”, continues in the same vein, as a short, bubbling bass stab drives the track forward and modulates to provide an acid vibe, joined again by luscious piano chords and licks and the Expand’ vocal, which switches up from a whispering atmospheric to a heavily effected, pitched tone that keeps interest throughout. All the while accentuated by fractured groovy percussion, piano licks and open hats that shine over the whole track.
With big hitter support on the EP already both INKAL and Ben Rau’s career continue to go from strength-to-strength.