Mike Bennett has recently been working on the track, When your down by (Lazy Stars) featuring Daryl Hannah. He has written a track Halo - Stemz featuring various members of The Fall, Elbow, Gorillazs, The Specials and Fun Boy Three. He also co-wrote firefly by Freak Party which was a with Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Craig Gannon of The Smiths along with original drummer Simon Wolstencroft - which was restored from a recording found by Wolstencroft in an old flight case after 34 years - which was released on Funky Si records via Universal and featured House legend Angie Brown on lead vocals. Mike has recently co-written and produced the single Move On by Stella Grundy and Jah Wobble for Northern Quarter records and is in the process of producing the Grundy /Wobble album The Rise and Fall of a Northern DubStar. Much recently Mike has remixed Dillinger's 5 man Army which is available via Nova distribution . In of celebration of the late great Poly Styrene, Mike Bennett produced the memorial tribute album The Day World Turned Day-Glo including Jona Lewie's, you'll only find me in the kitchen at parties, and seaside shuffle.
As well as producing the portal for, Pink Floyd and The Verve producer Youth, Mike also produced Doctor and the Medics Livewire ep, which features their smash hit Spirit in the Sky.
Mike Bennett chooses tracks that influenced his musical path on the award winning Soho Radio. https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-sunday-sync-18122016/
Mike’s first break came when he was asked to write and produce Toyah’s Dreamchild album, Now and Then and Out of the Blue, which was released on the Pinnacle- based Cryptic Records, and featured collaborations with the acclaimed Utah Saints. He subsequently went on to co-write and produce Hazel O'Connor's album Ignite (Universal), as well as co-writing Hidden for Hazel O'Connor and Clannad's Moya Brennan. Throughout the 80's and 90's Bennett continued to produce an eclectic array of artists including Bad Manners, Sham 69 , Hazel Dean, Jona Lewie, Judie Tzuke, Diane Charlemagne, Glen Matlock, Doctor and the Medics, Angie Brown, Bananarama and The Stranglers, for whom he remixed Golden Brown, All of the Day and All of the Night and European Female. Mike also co-wrote and produced with the legendary late great music Svengali and Leftfield producer Kim Fowley. These intense sessions culminated in the albums around this period included Let the Madness In (Receiver Records) and Trip of a Lifetime (Universal), the latter featured a string of guest stars including Roni Size, William Orbit and Teenage Fan Club. He went on to produce Kim Fowley and the BMX Bandits’ Receiver Records’ album Hidden Agenda At the Thirteenth Not. Mike also co-wrote and produced tracks with Fowley for the BMX Bandits’ album Theme Park (Creation Records). Hell bent on pushing the creative envelope into an even more left field direction Mike went on to produce and co-write several albums for celebrated Manchester group The Fall, which started with the Permanent/BMG album Cerebral Caustic, which was followed up by the hit single The Chiselers/Chilinist , for which he was a co-writer. Mike went on to produce several more albums with The Fall including Northern Attitude (MCI) and The Light User Syndrome (Jet Records).
Mike Bennett went on to produce several albums for the classic rock band Wishbone Ash, including Timeline (Universal), Live in Japan (Action Replay) as well as co-writing and producing Trance Visionary (BMG) and Psychic Terrorism (Universal).
The next project was for ex-Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown for whom Mike co-wrote the smash hit single Golden Gaze (Polydor). With keyboard legend Keith Emerson, Mike Bennett produced and co-wrote the three album box set Reworks/Brain Salad Perjury (Universal for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, which was premiered at the Royal Festival Hall, opening with their reworking of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
Mike Bennett on recent LA Radio Show - Floating happy Hour KXLU FM ( Interview on his production work with The Specials http://bit.ly/2mzt0iU )
Whilst working as an in house producer for Trojan Records, Bennett produced and remixed several artists including The Specials - for whom he remixed 'Too much Too Young’, ‘Gangsters and Concrete Jungle’ , The Selecter, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, The Pioneers, The Melodians, Desmond Dekker, Dave and Ansel Collins and Lee “Scratch” Perry, for whom he collaborated with on with the dubplate of Bionic Rats which first featured on the critically acclaimed Trojan Jungle series. Mike also remixed several Bob Marley and the Wailers tracks including 'Soul Shakedown Party' and 'Mr. Brown' which were featured on the Bob Marley compilation 'Behind the legend'
Other remixes during this period include Too Much Too Young by The Specials, A Train to Skaville by The Selecter, and Double Barrel by Dave and Ansel Collins. Mike’s obsession with beats, pulses and street rhythms was soon to take him into the ever experimental world of drum’n’bass. This resulted in a prolific period where Mike and his newly-formed team of DJs produced 27 consecutive albums.
Including massive sellers such as ‘Drum’n’Bass Mania’ (Demon), Drum’n’Bass Frenzy (Demon), The Jungle Collection (QED), Drum’n’Bass Invasion (Universal) and the acclaimed Junglist Jazz Collection (Intrinsic/Pinnacle).
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