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Roots Rock Riot: Benji Webbe Of Skindred's Favourite Albums
Dom Smith , May 27th, 2014 10:00

The alternative metallers' frontman gives Dom Smith his Baker's Dozen of top LPs ahead of a summer of festival sets in support of their new album, Kill The Power

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Die Antwoord – Ten$ion
The first time I heard them I was recording. I've got a studio in my house, and the producer came round and asked me if I'd heard of this fuckin' band called Die Antwoord, "they're weird as fuck" and those are the exact words that he used. From the second I listened to it, it took me. I still listen to it to this day. They've got this insane DJ called Hi-Tek. I watched a load of their stuff online, and they really are just punk rock. They slapped me just like Public Enemy did. Every record that we've spoken about has had some striking imagery or something that has just pulled me in. With most albums, I have six or seven songs that I like, and most of the others I'll just skip over, and it's the same with this one. I got it, and started playing it, and listening to 'I Fink U Freeky' and I just love the way that they do their own thing with dance music, crossing genres and doing what the fuck they want. I only discovered this band when Ten$ion came out. I've gone online and I've looked at their history and watched the videos, and with Ninja, I've looked at where he's come from, and where he's gone, and he is pretty punk rock. I'd picked up on that before I'd even heard the first song [on the record], when I watched the video for 'Fatty Boom Boom', it just made me want to throw away every single video I've ever done in my life! There's this bit on the record where the DJ takes one of Mike Tyson's most aggressive speeches and puts it to a rap track ['DJ Hi-Tek Rulez']. I thought that was really punk, because for me growing up, I thought Mike Tyson was amazing. I'm just getting excited talking about it.


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