Bensley’s second full-length album released on RAM almost a month ago now, but the momentum has far from slowed down. Fans are still talking about it, DJs are still playing it and its unique ‘Muskoka’ mystique will likely live on well after the summer festival season. Even its namesake is a favorite summer vacation spot, Muskoka the album is truly perennial.
Muskoka is a lake region of the province of Ontario, Canada, about two hours north of Bensley’s home city of Toronto. It’s a beautiful area with a distinct ecology, history and energy. One of Bensley’s aims in creating the album Muskoka was to capture the feeling of those lakes and vibes. It’s no easy task in bass music, though if anyone is up to the task its Bensley.
We thought there might be some watchword tracks the mad Canadian saw as his inspiration for the truly emotive and evocative vibes he’s conjured with Muskoka and indeed there was a whole playlist’s worth. So, without any more ado, let’s delve deeper into these beautiful vibes and into the mind of Bensley.
Moderat – Bad Kingdom
Easily favorite Moderat song. From the wildlife-inspired theme to the rich soundscape, this tune radiates an energy that’s very Muskokan.
Phaction – Aviatrix
I love this tune with all of its intricacies and nuances. Definitely among Phaction’s best. About as lush as the Muskokan wilderness itself.
Jamie XX – The Rest Is Noise
Probably the most underrated and beautiful tune on his In Colour album. Jamie XX captured something special with this one. I love the delicate piano playing and pitch-bending siren lead.
Wilkinson – Wash Away
Muskoka’s main draw for me is the beautiful lakes, which is part of why I’m obsessed with water-related activities to this day. For obvious reasons, “Wash Away” relates well to that kind of lifestyle.
Phaeleh – Tokoi
I never get tired of this light and bouncy tune from Phaeleh! The melody is infectious from the moment it comes in and when the bassline hits, it feels like I’m cruising in the boat.
Cage The Elephant – Ready To Let Go
I’ve been playing this one a lot when spending time on the dock this season! The slow and laid-back groove is perfect for lazy sunny days.
Flume – Jewel
My favorite tune off Flume’s new mixtape! It’s so fresh, and all the details and unique sounds make it get better every time you listen to it. Very summery.
Tame Impala – The Moment
Another one for sunny days, Tame Impala brought out the positive vibes on this one! It’s catchy and bouncy, and that breakdown in the middle sounds amazing.
Culture Shock – There For You
From the lush chords to the anthemic vocal, this instant classic from Culture Shock captures a feeling of true bliss that’s rarely explored in drum & bass these days.
KOAN Sound & Asa – Sanctuary
This is an absolutely ethereal experience set in a rich soundscape of strings, piano and unique sounds. Perfectly matches the setting of Muskoka.
Muskoka is out now on RAM records Purchase or stream on multiple platforms by clicking here.