Published Oct 19, 2016Though singer/songwriter Belle Benham and producer/pianist/composer Johnny Tomlinson (aka La Force) first found musical success via separate avenues — Benham through artist collaborations and the release of an EP (2014's Lapwing), and Tomlinson through recent tours and performances with Bonobo and Erykah Badu, and as a founding member of UK-based East Park Reggae Collective — the two have come together now to collaborate as the Left Rib.
The influences of both Benham and Tomlinson have certainly transferred over into their first EP Corporeal — especially that of Bonobo. As the touring keyboardist for the acclaimed producer, Tomlinson pulls from the well of bass-heavy, textured explorations of layered sounds that define the UK producer's work, combining orchestral with electronic throughout. The EP has a fantastic low-end that permeates, saturates every inch of its sound. Both "Trails" and "Evening Star" exemplify this, the bass beginning as a distant hum before blooming into a continuous, encompassing gritty current.
The two remixes found on the EP change the mood slightly, but fit nonetheless. "Daughter (K15 Remix)" is even better than the original, swapping sparse synth punctuation for an undercurrent of strings, peppy keys and rim clicks. As the new kids on the block, the Left Rib are definitely ones to watch. (Blind Colour)