A soft, sun-dappled soundtrack for summer lazing
The chances are you’ve heard lots of Benny Sings’ songs. You probably really liked them too. You just didn’t know they were Benny Sings’ songs. For the Dutch pop and R&B singer – real name Tim van Berkestijn – has been hugely prolific, even though he’s yet to blow up in any conventional sense. TV commercials, HBO and Netflix shows, and writing for brands such as Apple and BMW – over the last 15 years or so his work has been literally everywhere; he’s probably the best popstar you’ve never heard of.
Of course, he’s also been hard at work on conventional releases too. Light and breezy, his sunny-day pop has spawned six albums so far, the latest of which, last year’s City Pop, achieved wider critical acclaim and a slew of new fans worldwide (including established musical stars such as John Mayer and Anderson .Paak). Effortless melodies, laid back grooves, and a nonchalant air are his trademarks, creating the perfect soundtrack for late-afternoon lazing or sipping cocktails on a tropical beach.
A skilled composer, his keen ear for details — the dash of funk that makes “Duplicate” bounce, the gentle trumpet buried in “Not Enough”— elevate his work above the waves of hazy, sun-dappled pop that’s been so prevalent in recent years: truly, few can create such perfectly formed, three-minute nuggets of pop gold time and time again. Benny Sings can, and 2020 is sure to be the year when his relative anonymity comes to an end.