The sequel to “Chrysalis”, “On & Up” pairs Beston’s musicianship and song-writing with the electronic wizardry of producer Rafi Benjamin, a mixture which proves to be at once raw and hype. These tunes, most of them thoroughly road-tested by Beston’s erstwhile San Diego group The Kitchen, can light up the dance floor like a spinning disco ball or groove you through the long drive home.
M’Bwamba (a.k.a. Beston Barnett) is a ferocious giant African monkey spirit conjured up by a voodoo ceremony gone wrong in Port au Prince. Scuzzy (a.k.a. Rafi Benjamin) is another reincarnation of Godzilla, cantankerous, fire-breathing, rising out of the Pacific with murderous intent. In what’s being called ‘The Heat on Echo Street’, they’ve agreed to do battle in a bedroom studio in Highland Park. Is it be the fattest thing since the EMU, or apocalypse?
Lyrics and Credits
- Rafi Benjamin – all sound design, programming, and sequencing
- Beston Barnett – all guitar and bass
- Unity Horns (Alan Lomax and I TIMOTHY) – trumpet and trombone