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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tempa
  • ASIN: B0012U345K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Zero M2Benga 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. NightBenga, Coki 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. B4 the DualBenga 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. E TripsBenga 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Someone 20Benga 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Light BulbBenga 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Crunked UpBenga 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Go Tell ThemBenga 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The CutBenga 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. EmotionsBenga 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 3 MinutesBenga 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. PleasureBenga 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 26 BasslinesBenga 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Loose SynthsBenga 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Diary Of An Afro Warrior is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. If Burial's `Untrue' dominated 2007's end of year critics charts then it's odds on `Diary Of An Afro Warrior' will do the same in 2008.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Johnson VINE VOICE on 7 April 2008
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Artists generally hate having their work buttonholed into media invented genres. Portishead hated the term "trip-hop" for the ground-breaking debut Dummy. So hear comes Benga, music press appointed flag -bearer for what is being referred to as "Dub-step." Call it what you like - it's brilliant.
The beats sound as clear as a whistle - structured and methodical, German sounding in precision and execution. But there is variety - like the soft intro on B4 the duel. Devastating rapier-like drums and crunchy base come in behind. It all adds up to a very interesting listen. Yes it's urban - tracks like Night and 26 basslines were made for the dance floor, but this record isn't at all cavalier. It wanders off in places you never expected to go - Someone 20 drifts you off into space, down a tunnel, marrying you into a celestial sound-scape. The effects across the record are so clever and original - is that a hand-clap on Crunked UP? Another favourite of mine is the neurotic, skipping beat of Emotions.
Should bring "Dub Step" out of the underground and to the masses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Miles VINE VOICE on 10 May 2008
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Like many people of my age, I've always tended to associate this style of music with the sound that you hear from the open window of a badly customised Peugot 206 being driven by some slack-jawed yokel in a baseball cap round a suburban town centre: It wasn't until the Burial album of last year that I started to take a deeper interest in it.

Whilst my dancing days are long past, I can appreciate a good album when I hear one. 'Diary' immaculately crafted and executed, with precision dancebeats textured with squelchy early 90s rave synth, spoken word and brass samples. It sounds especially good in a car at night. It doesn't have the crossover appeal of the Burial album - lacking that album's air of early morning melancholy that made it appeal to elderly punters like myself - but any real music lover will find this a rewarding listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Han on 3 Oct 2008
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love this album. have it on repeat loads. zero m2, the first track is amazing a stand out for me. buy this if you love dubstep/bass its gotta be a must have
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oatsosimple on 12 Oct 2009
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I came to this album with little interest, or exposure to Dubstep, although I knew the sound. This sounds a bit more raw than what I was expecting - as some have pointed out, good material to be mixed at a club. But I find this good music for home actually - it's minimal and interesting, but not much melody. Suits me perfect when I want to chill - but not be sent to sleep. I dislike 'chill out music' in general, so I'm weary of associating it with that. I just mean it's not going to dominate your ears with a catchy melody. This album is about the good beats. It's got nice sparse production though you definitely need to have a volume up and a good stereo to really appreciate that. And at times I wanted more oomph.

I like the album as a whole, as opposed to the individual tracks - the notable exception being 'Pleasure' which is a CHOOOON! I get why a person might see it as a bit dull, or samey. I think that's something to be overcome through further listening. And of course, maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea. As I say, I'm not a massive dubstep fan, nor do I need Dub to breathe. I'm not an expert in this genre at all - but I like pretty much all styles of music where quality is evident. This is a good album in my book. It doesn't rock my world though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mo VINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2008
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I'm quite a big fan of electronic music and dub, but 2-step is not something I can shake hands with, so dubstep seems a good half way point.

The Dizzee Rascal comparison is somewhat correct in that there are some nice dark bits of music, however without lyrics - this is all instrumental - it seems like something is missing as the music is rather simplistic and repetitive to hold your attention, and often most of the music is inoffensive (the best tracks are the first and last). I find it probably would be more suited to a club than being enjoyed by yourself on an mp3 player (I fell asleep listening to it, sorry!) or your living room.

That aside, the sound quality is good and the packaging is very nice. Benga is still a very young artist and I'm sure there's more potential yet to be untapped. For the moment his debut is more interesting for the style of music than an essential listen in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Carroll VINE VOICE on 18 April 2008
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I am not a great fan of dubstep, but occassionally you get artists who climb above the limitations of their genre to take their sound to a wider audience like Roni Size for drum and bass, Benga is such an artist.

The opening track on Diary of an Afro Warrior Zero M2 sounds feels like AIR doing a detroit-style techno track and others reminded me of artist such as Sabres of Paradise, Autchre, LFO and Juan Atkins. In common with most electronic albums it doesn't have a unifying concept, but somehow all the tracks work together with some dark but yet not sinister vibes.

I am not going to say that this is the best album in the world ever, but I am glad I left my musical prejudices and pressed play.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Moore VINE VOICE on 4 April 2008
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This is the first I've heard of the genre they call 'dubstep.' I really had no idea what to expect. This album mixes the slower, Moving Shadow style of drum and bass, the Miami/Baltimore bass scene, and minimalist techno such as Plastikman/Richie Hawtin, into a new, yet not entirely unfamiliar, style.

At low volume, this disc is really quite ambient. At higher volumes, it's eminently danceable. Benga is an extremely talented producer, making the music appear skeletal on first listen, yet revealing hidden details on repeat.

The tempo remains around 140bpm the whole way through (the rate of the human heartbeat) and makes the music both exhilarating and relaxing simultaneously, as it remains in sync with your body as you listen.

An excellent album which sounds great at high volume in a car, and also makes a good background to work to. Highly recommended.
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