In the last five years, [Jason] Bentley has risen from underground clubs and the dusty consoles of college radio to become a golden boy of bootie-shaking sounds. With a jazzman's radio voice, the 25-year-old transmits tunes that are urbane and sophisticated. Whether's it's Goldie's mystic break-beats or a downbeat Ruby remix, Bentley, a boy-next-door-type with an affinity for Adidas, celebrates dance music for the cerebral.
His radio show, "Metropolis," is the centerpiece of KCRW-FM's (89.9) lauded weeknight lineup. His new "Afterhours" show Saturday nights on KROQ-FM (106.7) is forging a new format of techno-meets-rock. His new world dance record label, Quango, is already getting kudos from critics. And he enjoys celebrity status when he invades clubs with his turntable techniques.
In radio, Bentley's formula for progression mixes hard-edged dance (e.g. Chemical Brothers) with guitar-based sounds (e.g. Garbage), so as not to alienate those with a rock aesthetic.