Hailing from Brixton, London, Arrow Benjamin was a singer/songwriter perhaps best known for his vocal contribution and co-writing credit on the hugely successful single "Runnin’ (Lose It All)" with English DJ and producer Naughty Boy. The single also marked Benjamin’s first collaboration with R&B superstar Beyoncé. Emerging from a close-knit and loving family environment, Benjamin was raised on a diet of reggae, deep house, groove, funk, and a whole host of other genres, clearly influencing his approach to songwriting. Not having grown up around any musical instruments, Benjamin trained and transformed his voice itself into an instrument, and soon began writing his own songs, eventually lending his creations to numerous collaborators including Major Lazer, Labrinth, and Rudimental. Referring to himself as "the midwife" for referring to his songs as "his babies," and his companionable nature, Benjamin eventually became the leader and principal songwriter of the Live Vynl production collective.
It was only a matter of time before Benjamin was drafted in to write alongside Naughty Boy for the aforementioned hit track featuring Beyoncé, which was inevitably followed up with his first release, the WAR (We All Rise) EP. Already compared to the likes of Gnarls Barkley and, in some respects, the Weeknd, the release features five original tracks, all of which both transcend and dip in and out of genres, moods, and styles. ~ Rob Wacey