The last time we heard from NorthSideBenji was in the summer of 2019, on an impressive run of EPs and giving rare radio appearances. We may only hear from him occasionally but the lurid storytelling and range of flows on The Extravagant Collection proves he’s worth the wait and poised for so much more. In between braggadocio (“Ashes to Ashes”) and auto-tuned confessionals (“Problems to Millions”), Benji reveals a penchant for bringing a surprising amount of levity to his nightmarish storytelling of street life.
By Jeevin Johal
The Radiohead frontman gives us something to smile about with his new trio featuring Jonny Greenwood and drummer Tom Skinner.