Dec 122014
 

UPGRADE 1.0 (International Edition)The brand new International Edition of Bentley’s previous Japan release “UPGRADE 1.0″ is now available! Entirely remastered, the new collection features all the lead tracks from Bentley’s Japanese releases from 2011 – 2012 as well as 2 new re-arrangements and 2 brand new tracks!

Also arriving later will be a set of bonus tracks exclusive to BentleyJones.com. A discount offer will be available to everyone who orders the full album right here at his official site.

The new version of “UPGRADE” – along with Ben’s reissued Christmas EP “The Closing of the Year” – will be available in all international retailers shortly. But we didn’t see why you should have to suffer just because of holiday traffic slowing down our distributor – so we’ve made both these albums available to you right now right here on BentleyJones.com!

The original Japan edition is no longer available in Japanese retailers and is becoming increasingly rare. However we have it exclusively as a digital download as well as a few copies of the CD version imported straight from the land of the rising sun. Check it out the Japan Edition here.

Download Full Album
ZIP file containing 16 MP3s
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01We Go Electro
Brand New Song
4.28
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02who.am.i.? [featuring May J. & Curtis Young]
Remixed
5.26
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03Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Version)
Remixed
4.40
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04Sexy People
Remixed
4.39
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05Invincible [featuring SHUN]
Remastered
5.00
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06STUTTA 2.0
Brand New Version
3.59
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07The City of Angels
Remastered
4.21
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08Oh-Wei-Oh (Devil in Headphones)
Remixed
3.42
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09Ready to be Loved
Remastered
4.27
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10Entourage [featuring Curtis Young] (Explicit Lyrics)
Remixed
4.18
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11Touchscreen
Remastered
3.43
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12Boys and Girls [featuring 柴田知美]
Remastered
4.22
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13Let Me Be With You 2.0
Brand New Version
4.09
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14理由〜Give Me a Reason〜
Remastered
4.18
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15Englishman in New York
Brand New Song
3.55
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16My Name is Ben ~ベンだよ~
Remixed
3.51
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Dec 062014
 

The Closing of the Year (Re-Issue)Whether you’re partying through the holiday season with some electronic pulses or chilling to some reinvented Christmas classics, Bentley is obliging his fans by making several of his previous releases available internationally – with some reissues featuring brand new tracks! And with Bentley teasing about a surprise release, they could be arriving any day now!

Last year’s Christmas EP “The Closing of the Year” is being redistributed internationally with 2 brand new tracks just in time for the holidays. Other releases, previously restricted due to licensing issues, will also be re-released making them available internationally including “ICUCM” and “TRANS//LATION 2”.

UPGRADE 1.0 [International Edition]These reissues will accompany the release of “UPGRADE 1.0 [International Edition]” – a collection of Bentley’s work from Japan entirely remastered and brought up-to-date. A selection of the songs have been remixed and 2 have been re-recorded and rearranged entirely. The album will also include 2 new songs from that era. Although the original Japan Edition is no longer available in retailers, we still have some physical copies left as well as downloads right here at BentleyJones.com.

Meanwhile don’t forget Ben’s latest studio album “Defying Gravity” is now available in all retailers as well as here on the official site in the exclusive deluxe format.

Bentley will be unleashing these reissues on a as-soon-as-they-are-finished basis with the first release set to appear imminently. There will be no pre-release announcements so consider this your official heads up. On your marks… get set…!!

We just (finally) added a bunch of lyrics to the site!

 Posted by at 11:41 am on January 7, 2013
Jan 072013
 

Entourage – EP
STUTTA
Entourage (featuring Curtis Young)
Joyful
My Name is Bentley 〜ベンだよ〜

UPGRADE 0.1
Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)
who.am.i.? (featuring May J. and Curtis Young)
Sexy People
Ready to be Loved
Boys and Girls (featuring 柴田知美)
The City of Angels
Touchscreen
Invincible (featuring SHUN)
Let Me Be With You
TOKKATA
理由〜Give me a Reason〜
Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.)
Just for You

New Bentley-written-produced May J. track “My Bass”!

 Posted by at 9:00 am on November 5, 2012
Nov 052012
 

[singlepic id=502 w=320 h=240 float=right]Following their collaboration on Bentley’s song “who.am.i.?” for his latest album “UPGRADE 1.0”, J-pop princess May J. and her record label Avex were so impressed by Ben’s talent and style that they asked him to contribute some of it to her forthcoming album “Brave”.

Released on 5th December, “Brave” will include the song “My Bass” written and arranged by Bentley and follows a similar sound and style that Ben pioneered with “UPGRADE”. May has posted about her work with Ben on her official blog and you can hear a clip of the song on her official site.

Meanwhile “UPGRADE” is now available in Japanese stores and international download as Bentley prepares for his latest TV, radio and live appearances. To kick off his promotional campaign Bentley will be appearing as a special guest at the “What’s Up?! Yokohama” event in Japan on 25th November.

“Sexy People” PV Preview + Making of w/subtitles

 Posted by at 7:23 pm on October 26, 2012
Oct 262012
 

Making this PV was a lot of fun but really different. This was the first one shot in my hometown so a lot of my friends were able to come along and be a part of what I do – which is a pretty big deal for me. Having so much of my work abroad, it’s very disconnected from my home life in the UK, and the people around me don’t really have any opportunity to experience what I do for a living… I almost live a double life!! ^^

We managed to get this one done in one day. It was a loooooong day, and we maniacs decided that we had enough energy left to celebrate afterwards too! ^^ It was great working with so many people and I’m grateful for all their efforts!

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Oct 162012
 

>>>UPDATE 17/10/12:
In less than 20 hours of pre-orders the “Limited Edition + free gift” bundles have all sold out! But we still have some standard Limited Edition bundles left so make sure you get yours before they all disappear! Click the link at the bottom of this post to reserve your copy.<<<

[singlepic id=501 w=320 h=240 float=right]Pre-orders of “UPGRADE 1.0 〜The Complete UPGRADE Limited Edition〜” are now available right here! This limited edition bundle includes bonus material only available from Japanese stores as well as artwork exclusive to BentleyJones.com. At Bentley’s request, a very small amount of these bundles have been made available so that international fans have an opportunity to grab all of this UPGRADE goodness! “The Complete UPGRADE” ships worldwide on 24th October. Below is the full listing of what you’ll find in this package. Click “Add to Cart” at the bottom of this post to reserve your copy now!

UPGRADE 1.0 [CD]
01 Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)
02 who.am.i.? (featuring May J. and Curtis Young)
03 Sexy People
04 Ready to be Loved
05 Boys and Girls (featuring 柴田知美)
06 The City of Angels
07 DizKonnekt 〜Touchscreen Segue〜
08 Touchscreen
09 Invincible (featuring SHUN)
10 Let Me Be With You
11 TOKKATA
12 Emersion 〜Intermezzo〜
13 理由〜Give me a Reason〜
14 Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.)
15 Just for You

UPGRADE 0.1 〜Non-stop Megamix〜 [Bonus CD-R]
Mixed by VDJ Ta-shi (The Clock Position)
01 MUZIK (Curtis Young featuring Bentley Jones – PHUNKSTAR Vocal Mix)
02 Bad Boi
03 Invincible (featuring SHUN)
04 Oh-Wei-Oh (Devil in Headphones – PHUNKSTAR Radio Mix)
05 Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)
06 Sexy People (PHUNKSTAR Radio Mix)

Mixed by Bentley
07 STUTTA
08 Oh-Wei-Oh (Devil in Headphones – Original Mix)
09 MUZIK (Curtis Young featuring Bentley Jones – Original Mix)
10 Touchscreen (PHUNKSTAR Vocal Mix)
11 Ready to be Loved (PHUNKSTAR Vocal Mix)
12 Let Me Be With You
13 Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.)
14 Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)

UPGRADE 0.2 〜Videos〜 [Bonus DVD] [HD MP4 Video Download]
01 Sexy People (Video)
02 Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.) (Video)

2x large glossy UPGRADE 1.0 album artwork signed by Bentley

First orders will include a free UPGRADE 1.0 promotional poster (subject to availability). SOLD OUT

Price: £20.00
(approx USD32.00)

Sep 302012
 

以前からいくつかのサイトで既に出ていましたが、10月24日にベントレージョーンズのニューアルバム”UPGRADE1.0″が発売されます。
“UPGRADE1.0″は、すべてベントレー本人がプロデュース、アレンジした新曲15曲が収録されています。
その中には歌姫May J.、話題の若手ラッパーSHUN、本格派シンガー柴田知美、あのDr.Dreの息子Curtis Youngとの
コラボレーションソングが含まれています。

また、タワーレコードとHMVでCDをご購入のお客様には店舗オリジナル特典として、CD-RまたはDVD-Rが付いてきます!!(一部店舗除く、数に限りあり)

また、iTunesなどMP3のダウンロードサイトからの配信も同日開始となります!!!

只今、YouTubeにて、”UPGRADE 1.0″の11分間のプレビューが見れますので、お見逃しなく!!!

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UPGRADE 1.0
CD Regular Edition / MP3 Download

01 Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)
02 who.am.i.? (featuring May J. and Curtis Young)
03 Sexy People
04 Ready to be Loved
05 Boys and Girls (featuring 柴田知美)
06 The City of Angels
07 DizKonnekt 〜Touchscreen Segue〜
08 Touchscreen
09 Invincible (featuring SHUN)
10 Let Me Be With You
11 TOKKATA
12 Emersion 〜Intermezzo〜
13 理由〜Give me a Reason〜
14 Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.)
15 Just for You

Sep 252012
 

With Japanese stores leaking details ahead of schedule, we are now able to make an official announcement on Bentley’s new album titled “UPGRADE 1.0” released on 24th October.

“UPGRADE” is bursting with 15 brand new tracks – all written, produced and arranged by Bentley himself – featuring collaborations with J-pop princess May J., the young and fierce Japanese rapper SHUN, J-urban diva Tomomi Shibata (柴田知美), and son of the legendary Dr. DreCurtis Young.

Not peeing your pants with excitement yet? There are also 2 limited edition bonus discs available from participating Tower and HMV stores in Japan.

International fans don’t fret – a small number of “UPGRADE 〜The Complete UPGRADE Limited Edition〜” packages will be available right here at BentleyJones.com. The set includes “UPGRADE 1.0” CD album with bonus CD and bonus DVD along with signed UPGRADE artwork. We will do our best to make these packages available to pre-order sometime over the next week or so.

“UPGRADE” will also be available for MP3 download from all major stores internationally.

In the meantime, Bentley and his label have generously uploaded an 11+minute preview of the album to YouTube!

Read this post in Japanese

UPGRADE 1.0
CD Regular Edition / MP3 Download

01 Down in Tokyo (UPGRADE Ver.)
02 who.am.i.? (featuring May J. and Curtis Young)
03 Sexy People
04 Ready to be Loved
05 Boys and Girls (featuring 柴田知美)
06 The City of Angels
07 DizKonnekt 〜Touchscreen Segue〜
08 Touchscreen
09 Invincible (featuring SHUN)
10 Let Me Be With You
11 TOKKATA
12 Emersion 〜Intermezzo〜
13 理由〜Give me a Reason〜
14 Joyful (UPGRADE Wynter Ver.)
15 Just for You

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to mastering we go…

 Posted by at 4:00 pm on August 10, 2012
Aug 102012
 

Whenever I reach this part of a project, I like to create a “to-do” list to make sure I stay on top of things. On this list will be changes, tweaks and scheduling notes for any further recording sessions. Right now here is what that list looks like for the new album:

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Exciting ね? This point always seems to creep up on me, and its usually the first opportunity to step back and absorb everything I’ve been working on the past 6-8 months. Being the first full-length album released for Japan since TRANS//LATION (1) it’s a worthy follow-up – I’ve never been more proud of a project and later down this road I’ll tell you exactly why. (~.^)

Right now, I’m here to tell you about mastering, which is what I’m currently chipping away at.

For those of you who aren’t technically minded, mastering is the process where you take your tracks – with full arrangement and mixing – and add the final engineering techniques to make them all sound cohesive and members of the same family. EQ tweaks to add brightness to dull tracks, punch-though mid frequencies when needed and boost low-end bass signals for tracks that are too airy. Then compression, limiting and clipping are the final touches to give the songs the same loudness and energy required.

Mastering can be a long and arduous process which normally involves listening to the album over and over again, making tiny changes along the way. For some projects, mastering engineers have been brought in for this job, with mixed results. And being the utter control freak that I am (^^) I figured a long time ago, the only way to get mastering results that I would be 100% satisfied with would be to do it myself.

[singlepic id=484 w=320 h=240 float=right]Armed with my trusty Xbox 360 in the studio, that is what I am working on right now (bouncing between remixes, photoshoots and video projects for occasional relief). I try and make it as painless a process as possible by working on the mastering of individual tracks during the production and arrangement phase – a method that I know some producers and engineers would be horrified to hear – but it’s much less of an issue when the full production and arrangement of a project is the responsibility of one sole individual.

The gap you’ll have noticed in the “to-do” list earlier is the final collaboration track for the album, which is down to simple scheduling issues. Once that’s been taken care of, that’s it. Album finished!! ^^

Then the road to promotion and release begins. (n______________________________n)

// Bx

Any fellow audio geeks who have questions about mastering… or anything!! …just drop me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them all. ^^