“i’ve said it before, but dancehall and its influence on uk music has been a massive inspiration for me, going way back to hearing chris goldfinger on radio 1 playing music that was like nothing else i’d heard before. i love that fundamental rhythmic pattern, and i love how within the same world you can have some tunes that are built around the sweetest melodies and harmonies, and others that are built around super-tuff minimal drums and crazy squeeks and bleeps.
when it came time to build another ep for critical, i decided to link up with my good friend and long-time collaborator rider shafique, who has a much deeper knowledge of this music than me, and together create something that references both old and new dancehall, while still being playable in the kinds of sets i ve become known for. there’s no halftime and no chopped-up jungle breaks here - we wanted to make something really focussed and even disciplined - and hopefully we’ve succeeded.
big shouts to the vocal collaborators - super hyped to work with stush on a tune, irah came through with the righteous fire, and tiffanie malvo absolutely bodied her beat - but ultimate biggups have to go to rider. this wasn’t a project where i made the beats and rider voiced them - for pretty much every tune, we worked and reworked the riddims together. we’re both stoked on the results, and it seems like people in the dance feel the same way.” - sam binga
cosmic bridge continues to move forward with a two-track release featuring the dynamic duo of munich s danny scrilla, an early member of the label s roster, and bristol s sam binga, a close friend and collaborator of the label s founder om unit. created during a weekend session at scrilla s home studio, the release sees this long overdue anglo-german meeting of the future minded go deep into unexpected sonic terrains and fully live up to its title of weird in munich. the trip begins on side a with frolic in brine , a brooding roller that sets up the mood: deep, hypnotic and sweaty. the track unfolds from pulsating synths with a percussive rhythm underpinning a gentle procession of elements including synth arpeggios, languid guitar licks, and echoing sound effects. ignoring dancefloor conventions, frolic in brine instead opts for a minimal approach that delivers a shot of pure body music.
keeping up the hectic release schedule of strictly one (1) record per year, om unit & sam binga are proud to present the final instalment in the trans-continental trilogy: the trans siberian ep, on their very own bunit imprint. following on from the trans atlantic and trans pacific, the trans siberian ep showcases a further four innovative yet dancefloor-ready takes on uptempo dance music, ranging from the quarter-speed modular depth of baby steps, through the baile funk-meets-acid intensity of 2000 dogs, the ghettotech-jungle mania of up & under, all the way to the unique grime-boogie-dub hybrid that is optimist prime.built using an equal mix of lo-fi and cutting-edge production techniques, the trans siberian ep continues the progression of the bunit sound, referencing themes and approaches that have subconsciously threaded their way throughout the trilogy while still sounding nothing like any of the pair s other releases. available direct from the artists on vinyl and digital via bandcamp, vinyl only copies will be appearing in the finer record shops around the world via unearthed sounds distribution. where next for bunit? as of right now, we have no idea - but the journey will definitely be worth taking.
joining forces for the latest in critical’s systems excursions are two of the uk’s most trusted electronic hell raisers sam binga and chimpo. delving deep for five tracks of naughty, booty swinging bass music, “for those who like it sweet” signs systems off for the year in style.
comes on translucent, purple marbled vinyl with download code included.
label owner fracture, fresh from landmark release ‘loving touch’ on exit records, and sam binga, of ‘ayo’ and ‘lef dem’ fame, team up to present fdgd, three alternative takes on minimal sub-led dancehall at the higher end of the tempo range. all three riddims are vocalled by rider shafique, a key member of bristol’s young echo collective, who deviates from his trademark conscious lyrical content, choosing instead to roll out some of that dutty slackness in the finest traditions of yellowman and shabba ranks.
alongside this heavy pressure, man of the moment logos (known for his collaborations with mumdance and groundbreaking releases on keysound recordings) provides a nextlevel ‘devil mix’, taking inspiration from classic eski and grime but travelling far beyond that starting point to end floating, in beatless hyperspace.
as ever, astrophonica team up with utile creative to bring hand finished, magenta rubber stamped artwork to the limited edition vinyl sleeves.
something special from camp critical as two of electronic music’s leading lights lock horns for a vs battle of epic proportions. taking the jungle fleck of “mind & spirit” from sam’s “wasted days” lp of last year and one of breakage’s most memorable cuts from way back when (2005), the results are as you’d expect from these two. utterly essential listening.
the above-average-height duo of sam binga (critical) and om unit (cosmic bridge, metalheadz) return with another white label set of next-level studio jams on their bunit joint venture.
known for their own take on drum & bass music - and in particular their unique approach to blending influences from a variety of worlds - their first collaborative ep “small victories” was picked up for exit records by dbridge back in 2012, and since then, their influence on a new generation of up-tempo music has been far reaching and undeniable.
dabs + kwalitys anthemic *skull & bones* from hzn067 gets the remix treatment from current d&b darling stray and jack of all trades sam binga for hznx013.
stray gets all jungle juke for the a-side that has been getting battered across festival land this summer. frantic hi-hats, stuttering kicks and pounding 808 bass have made this a crowd favourite – if dubplates still existed they would have been worn out to see-through by now.
sam bings brings a more carnival atmosphere to proceedings – kwalitys patois vocals are chopped up, pitched up and down and take centre stage while the energetic drum loops and perc keep bodies moving and heads nodding. serious riddims here, ya dig?
since his first forays into the limelight sam bingas name has become synonymous with some of themost forward-thinking, genre-defying electronic music to have emerged from the uk in recent years. with a string of successful releases on critical and exit garnering support from the likes of pitchfork,fact, resident advisor and xlr8r with radio endorsements from bbc radio 1s mistajam, friction, toddla t, b traits, rinse fm and more, critical music now present his debut long player *wasted days*. an album of pure street-felt expressionism drawing influence from global multicultures, his cascading eclecticism runs throughout making for a raw, uncompromising journey trueto the sam binga sound.
sam binga returns to drop his debut ep for critical music. inviting back the infamous redders for vocal duties, picking up where his trail blazing single ayo and the much loved lef dem from criticals underground sonics lp left off. a deft combination of low slung beats and bass with a nod to the jungle tradition.
solid red 12 vinyl comes accompanied with a download code.
a man who guested on many a critical release finally brings his very own ep with the hugeproduction backing of gorgon sound, sam binga, hyroglifics and moresounds. an onslaught of halftime bassline, dancehall and electronic twists in one ep ready to floor the room!
across the length and breadth of the albums 28‐,,,track span, mosaic vol.2 is the second chapter of label boss dbridges mission statement to marry disparate sounds on a mixed‐,,,artist album whilst triumphantly steering clear of convolution. the albums roll call lists luminaries emanating from all spheres of electronic music ‐,,, ranging from us footwork impresario and frequent jimmy edgar collaborator machinedrum, who chimes in with a soulful synth‐,,,heavy jam on *the palace* to the increasingly potent combination of om unit & sam binga with the pair continuing in their rich vein of form on the label and wistfully amalgamating influences from jungle, dubstep and funk on album highlight *triffidz*.