South London singer-songwriter and producer Ben Hobbs has already created a big impact during his short career. A few months ago, he released his debut EP Sweet Enough, which garnered praise from Billboard, USA Today, The Line Of Best Fit and All Things Go, earning him comparisons to some of pop’s finest innovators, such as The Police, Kate Bush and Tears For Fears.
Ben has received further support from Spotify, who placed all three EP singles on their flagship New Music Friday playlist, and BBC Introducing who championed Ben on their weekly show.
The singer is back with new single ‘Animals’, a monolithic love song in the classic sense. The track is full of towering drum machines, organic piano textures, cooed pre-choruses and anthemic hooks. ‘Animals’ can be charactised by rainbow-coloured vistas of synthesised sound and sugar-coated melodies.
Ben’s aim with the song was to capture the pressures of growing up. He said, “When you’re going through school and growing up, you’re faced with all these pressures and decisions to make, about who you are as a person and how you’re expected to fit in with everyone around you. I just wanted to try and capture those feelings with this song.”
Following the success of his debut London headline gig at Servant Jazz Quarters, which sold out two weeks in advance, Ben will return to London with a follow up show in October. You can catch him at Sebright Arms on October 4, with tickets available here.
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