Friday, September 4, 2015

Bentley Jones – ‘The Prequel’

He has been a personal trainer and a classical dancer, but Bentley Jones made it big in Japan for his musical talents. After his debut single made the charts unexpectedly, he found himself appearing on stage with superstars, collaborating with a rapper, and he signed to a major Japanese label on which he became the first British artist to release an album.

In Japan he was compared to David Guetta and Avicii, and his latest EP, ‘The Prequel’, follows in the steps of the producers, with memorable ‘Follow You Down’ having already attracted thousands of views on YouTube. The track, written and produced by Jones himself, combines contemporary pop and electronic dance music, while ‘So Much More’ could be mistaken for American pop punk.

While in Japan, Jones spent time contributing to video game soundtrack and, at times, his electronic composition and the finely-tuned production is reminiscent of the synthesiser technology heard in early video games. And yet, Jones has produced a distinctive set of songs using innovative techniques – the third track, ‘Axiomatis’(ft. The TRUTHSt4lk3rz) was written and recorded with the help of his fans – and it shouldn’t be long until the success he has found in Japan makes its way back home.

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