Room In A Box

by Benbo & Michelle Bee

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In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle Ah Can you feel it in my head Can you feel it in my head It too Emotionally I’m tired of this thing And critically I wanna get out I’m stuck in this room Just with my own mind And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house The passing of time Creeps like a fever The heat of my mind Makes my lips red hot But I’m stuck in this room Just with my memory And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room in a box in a house in a circle In a room in a box in a house in a circle In a room in a box in a house in a circle In a room in a box in a house in a circle
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Ah Can you feel it in my head It too Emotionally I’m tired of this thing And critically I wanna get out I’m stuck in this room Just with my own mind And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in The passing of time Creeps like a fever The heat of my mind Makes my lips red hot But I’m stuck in this room Just with my memory And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in In a room In a box In a house In a circle
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In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle The passing of time Creeps like a fever The heat of my mind Makes my lips red hot But I’m stuck in this room Just with my memory And all I can do Is picture you In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle Stuck in this room In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle In a room In a box In a house In a circle
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Ah Ah Can you feel it in my head Can you feel it in my head Emotionally I’m tired of this thing And critically I wanna get out I’m stuck in this room Just with my own mind And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in Woo The passing of time Creeps like a fever The heat of my mind Makes my lips red hot But I’m stuck in this room Just with my memories And all I can do Is picture you Is picture you These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in Can you feel it in my head (These four walls are closing in) Can you feel it in my head (These four walls are closing in) Can you feel it in my head It in my head These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in These four walls are closing in Woo Can you feel It in my head Can you feel it in my head Can you feel it in my head Emotionally I'm tired Of this thing
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about

Pink Lizard Music releases the non-COVID acid anthem ‘Room In A Box’ on Nov 20, complete with a Hannah Holland remix, a shiny new radio re-version and a loose-limbed Caucasian funk live version with the Pink Lizard All-Stars, that recalls the baggy heyday of the early 90s.

Originally cut in 2013 and circulated in miniscule quantity to a few approving DJs, including Dimitri from Paris & Heidi Lawden, the track has been virtually impossible to acquire, until now. Made for Benbo’s ambitious ‘project #AIEEE’ - a universe of collaborations that exploded into record labels, film placements and its own TV show - ‘Room In A Box’ somehow encapsulates the experience of COVID’s new normal, despite the extraordinary lyric and vocal being laid long before coronavirus changed our lives.

Turns out the experience of feeling trapped isn’t confined to just global pandemics.

‘In a room/In a box/In a house/In a circle’
‘I’m stuck in this room/Just with my own mind’

Maverick absurdist Benbo and serial collaborator Michelle Bee spent their COVID lockdown time wisely, deciding that 2020 was the perfect time to see this project come full circle and release it fully into the wild.

Last heard on the BBC earlier this year with her band The Rotary Fifth - a partnership with Loka’s Mark Kyriacou - Bee’s wit, soaring voice and songwriting genius have so far yielded music with The Emperor Machine, Bill Brewster’s Hotel Motel, Huxley and many others, with the Rotary Fifth full-length slated for late 2020.

Meanwhile, this release marks Benbo’s re-emergence. After ringing in 2017 at number 2 in Cape Town’s Good Hope FM chart with (Hip Hop Hall-Of-Famer) EJ von LYRIK collaboration ‘Keep It Funky’, then cheering on Detroit’s Mother Cyborg Pressure Systems album launch (a Benbo co-production), and finally watching his own 2017 release EVERYTHING IS FINE pick up commercial and BBC Radio support and a Hiapop Album of the Year accolade, he simply vanished - until May this year, when a single line in the Popbitch newsletter invited readers to check out his new book, ‘HOW TO SURVIVE A PANDEMIC’.

Where did he go?

‘Topic for another time mate - I’m stuck in this box.’

credits

released December 4, 2020

Written by Michelle Bee & Benbo
Published by Copyright Control & Pink Lizard Music

Produced by Michelle Bee & Benbo
Vocals engineered by Michelle Bee

Performed by Michelle Bee & Benbo. Additional performances by:
- Hannah Holland Remix: Hannah Holland (programming)
- Live Version: Jon Scarlett (drums & percussion); Francesco Menegat (bass)

Live version recorded & engineered by Alex Ciani at Black Wire Studios except vocals recorded & engineered by Michelle Bee

Mixed by Benbo at Dark Studios except:
- Radio Version & Live Version mixed by Benbo at Pink Lizard Towers and The Bunker
- Hannah Holland Remix re-produced and remixed by Hannah Holland
- Live Version additional edits and mix engineering by Jon Scarlett

Cover design by Benbo from images by Michelle Bee, Toby Amies & Benbo
Pink Lizard Music logo by Paige Money

Mastered by Bob Macciochi at SC Mastering
P&C 2020 Benbo & Michelle Bee under exclusive license to Pink Lizard Music

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