Benjamin Damage is the innovative UK techno producer who became a key part of Modeselektor’s 50 WEAPONS imprint back in 2010. It was a partnership which spanned half a decade, ending only alongside the closure of the label late last year.
His 2013 debut solo album “Heliosphere” received rave reviews and featured “010x”, described by Marcel Dettmann as the ‘track of the summer’ and given the remix treatment from Robert Hood, Truncate and SCNTST.
At the start of this year, the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Bestival curator Rob da Bank tipped him for great things in 2016.
As the first artist (outside of Modeselektor) to release on the label it was apt that his album “Obsidian” was also the last one on 50WEAPONS, bringing the label to a fantastic close…
[Damage] lays down a grave beat that, Shed-like, toggles around reverberating 4/4 and breakbeat rhythms. Pads, bass patterns and lead synths slowly emerge from the rumble, configuring in ways that riff on early-’90s hardcore and the mind-bending melodicism of IDM. Swaddled in layers of hiss and corroded gauze, Damage never seems to be simply rehashing the past. He instead repurposes cavernous warehouse techno as something sweet, vulnerable and, frequently, very catchy.”