Bensley has confirmed the full release date and artwork of his highly anticipated second album: Muskoka will land on July 26 via Ram Records
12 tracks deep and named after the Ontario region where he grew up, Muskoka is the sound of the young artist maturing and really digging into his own sound. It comprises strictly his own solo work – with no collaborations besides vocalists Skyelle, Armanni Reign, Sarah Carmosino and Emer Dineen – and features the man himself on saxophone and vocals. Loaded with explorations into hip-hop, breakbeat and funk, all laced together with the dreamy, crystalline D&B signature he made a name for himself with when he emerged in 2015, Muskoka brings us up on the last four years since he famously broke through with no previous releases and dropped a whole album on us.
The artwork also build on the same theme: Created by Umberto Ricchetti, the same artist who’s done all of Bensley’s work to date, like the music on the album itself, the Muskoka cover zooms out from the blurred motifs of his debut album artwork to reveal a much wider, warmer scenic picture to get lost inside of. Rich in detail, narrative and progression, file this one under ‘proper album’.
For a hint at what’s to come, check the singles Hard Times and One Last Chance. The full album lands on July 26 and can be pre-ordered here.