Location: London, England
Discography: Live sessions EP (2014), When The Sun Ate The Moon EP (2015), Frontier EP (2015), Tomorrow's Child EP (2016)
Record Label: New Antique
Our next showcase artist is a very good London based singer-songwriter, Ben River. Ben released his brand new 3rd studio EP 'Tomorrow's Child' in December 2015 and this powerful track 'Monday Love' above is one of our favourites.
Ben was born and raised in West London, Ladbroke Grove, after having played some of the best venues in London, such as 02 Academy, Islington Assembly Hall, The Troubadour and The Water Rats. UK and European festival dates followed, as well as radio airplay across the UK, Europe, Australia, USA.
Hicham Bensassi known by various pseudonyms including Ben River, Rootzu, the Five Hands Gang, the Moonlight Convention and others is a British songwriter, rap poet, composer and music producer whose work includes music on the satirical BBC animated series Monkey Dust in 2003, remixes including Howard Marks and The Mystery School Ensemble in 2005, also most recently a collaboration with playwright, publisher and spoken word artist Lee Harris released on Genepool/Universal Music Group in 2009 the album 'Angel Headed Hip Hop'. The Portobello Film Festival described him as "brought up in Ladbroke Grove, West London and... on a weird and wonderful musical journey ever since, through folk tinged broken beat, Experimental Hip hop, electronica and anywhere in-between".
Aside from vocal, and lyrical duties, Ben River's musical contributions to projects he has been involved with has included Guitar, both acoustic and electric. Also Bass guitar and Piano/Synths. He also incorporates many electronic elements to his work. programming beats and manipulating samples.
“Ben River – Singer songwriter and poet playing melodic folk pop and sounding like Rufus Wainwright meets Mumford and Sons meets Tallest Man on Earth.” (Bug Bear Bookings)
“There’s a trace of vulnerability to his voice that gives the songs a raw simplicity that pulls you into their narratives” (Folkwords)