Benbo and some shrubs. Photo by Ray Fiasco.

“Best cartoonist in the world,”* London multi-instrumentalist and producer Benbo is currently finalising his début album, with Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) and Marta Salogni (Shura) at the controls for several mixes.

Cooking Vinyl signed the publishing for his début album on the strength of a three-track demo, and he released his first EP in March 2015 on his own PKLZD imprint.

His next release, ‘If You Feel Emotional’, knocked Foals off the top of Indie Shuffle’s alternative chart and became a Pigeons & Planes ‘Download Right Now’ recommendation. This was followed by surprise Christmas Day video ‘Nurvel Durd’, which swiftly added support from Tom Robinson at BBC Introducing, Late Junction’s Nick Luscombe and Eddy Temple Morris on Soho Radio.

Benbo’s Brixton studio also houses the burgeoning Pink Lizard Music empire, a haven for unique independent musicians whose releases have gained plaudits from Spotify, Kiss FM and Gilles Peterson. He produces and co-writes with artists including VIB, Mother Cyborg, Swoonz, Pablo and Riz ‘Neotropic’ Maslen.

2016 will see him issue new Benbo singles “only when they’re right”, plus the fruits of collaborations with artists in Detroit and New York.

*”…this week” (Eddy Temple Morris)



  • EP1 (March 2015) contains songs about space, record collections and shagging.
  • If You Feel Emotional‘ (August 2015) is an encouraging song.
  • Nurvel Durd‘ (December 2015) is an absurd instrumental.

Here are some credits:

  • “Effortless” – Pigeons & Planes
  • #1 Alternative chart – Indie Shuffle
  • #OnTheRadar – Jam 88.3 Manila
  • “So catchy it should come with a government health warning” – The Devil Has The Best Tuna
  • “Not boring at all!” – Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
  • Fresh Fave – Fresh On The Net
  • Friday Night Hand Job – The Remix, Soho Radio
  • “Wonderfully surreal” – Joyzine
  • “So great… reminds me of Ween and Tom Vek” – Musical Moses
  • “This is awesome” – Emily Dust, MEATtransMISSION
  • “Sick” – Frank McWeeny, French Toast
  • “Excellent !!” – Disastronaut
  • “Fukkng minter” – Jon Kennedy
  • “A corker!” – Cowbell Radio

There you go

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