Remix Fever Ray, Moby, M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade and Tiga before you’ve even released a solo single—there aren't too many young producers these days that could lay claim to such a coup. It takes true creative flair to carve out a new career solely by interpreting the work of others, and London’s Ben Hoo has done just that. And having now released two solo EP’s, ‘Marea’ and ‘Modal’, through Get Physical sub-label Kindisch, with a third on the way, Hoo is further establishing his place amongst electronic music’s most promising new talents.
Ben’s involvement with the genre (somewhat inevitably if you've heard his highly accomplished productions) can be traced back to his early teenage years. Weaned on a diet of soul and disco by his dad and choral and classical music by his mum, Ben began to take note of electronic music's infinite sound and texture possibilities. Artists like Leftfield, Hybrid, Nitin Sawhney and BT formed the backbone of this fascination and it wasn't too long before Ben endeavoured to take this interest to the next level with the purchase of his first synthesizer. Teaching himself the ins and outs of composition, Ben simultaneously maintained his study of piano and drums, eventually bringing together his many musical facets through formal education.
If there is a constant running from Ben's years as a producer it's that he never wedded himself to a single style or genre. Techno and house inform Ben's recorded music as much as down-tempo and contemporary classical. From a production perspective, however, the narrative behind the scenes is one of sound manipulation and design. Ben appears innately drawn towards reconfiguring audio, while juxtaposing these explorations with the creation of his own synthetic tones.
Most artists' ascents are aided by a touch of good fortune at some point in their careers, and in Ben's case receiving a request for a speculative remix of Rex the Dog's "Bubblicious" proved to be pivotal. His version was commissioned, and off the back of its bubbling synth lines and intuitive percussion Ben was asked to turn in further remixes for Fever Ray and Moby. Both of the ensuing productions clearly illustrated that this was a producer who was unwilling to stick to a single formula—over the course of just three remixes Ben had explored glitchy house, smoky down-tempo and epic electronica.
2010 saw Ben tapped by Tiga to rework his massive "Mind Dimension" single—to which Ben obliged with a snarling, breaks infused, minimal remix, which reached the top 5 of Beatport’s breaks chart, and was loved so much by the man himself he added it onto the digital release of his album. Ben also delivered a mix of M.A.N.D.Y. Vs Booka Shade's "Donut"—this time a rolling tech-house interpretation. Booka Shade felt Ben's version was strong enough for inclusion on RA.150, their landmark podcast for Resident Advisor. It was this remix which helped ignite his continued relationship with seminal Berlin label Get Physical, with sub-label Kindisch releasing Ben Hoo’s debut solo release ‘Marea’ in 2011, the follow up EP ‘Modal’ in early 2012 and further remixes commissioned for M.A.N.D.Y vs Adultnapper and Actor One.
Demonstrating his diversity as a producer, Hoo continues to deliver an impressive array of sophisticated electronica. Electronic music pioneer, Moby, is such a fan of Ben’s downtempo work, he commissioned him to remix two singles from his latest album ‘Destroyed’.
"Ben Hoo effortlessly traverses the boundaries between very well produced, sophisticated sounding electronica and deep, warm, atmospheric techno..."
- Tilllate Magazine