Sam Binga first entered into our consciousness in 2012 with the ‘Small Victories EP’, a collaboration with experimental frontrunner Om Unit, released through dBridge’s Exit Records. Incredibly well received across the dance music spectrum, the EP crystallised a sense of renewed experimentation within the world of 160-170bpm music. Working alongside the legendary Addison Groove on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint, the off-kilter footwork-inspired ‘BS3 EP’ included the huge track ’Rzor’, which still remains a defining moment for the outer reaches of the genre – and beyond. Fusing furious jungle breaks with wild dancehall vocals, grime synths and the chopped-up 808’s of juke; Sam Binga’s hyperactive brand of slow-fast swagger was quick to win him a place as one of the most provocative artists to blow up in recent times.
Proudly based in the musical melting pot of Bristol, UK, and having already produced and DJ’d worldwide as a prolific player within underground electronic music, Binga caught the ear of pioneering drum & bass label boss Kasra with his energetic eclecticism and disregard for the standard paradigms of the genre. Shortly thereafter, Kasra signed the crunk-inspired dance floor shredder ‘AYO’, featuring the animated flows of fellow Bristolian Redders, to Critical Music in mid 2013. The combination of Binga and Redders proved irrepressible, and ’Lef Dem’ did the damage once again at the beginning of 2014, as part of the acclaimed label-compilation ‘Critical Music Presents: Underground Sonics’.
Binga has also attracted attention by serving up a miscellany of off-the-wall remixes over the past 18 months, from Shy FX’s ‘Bambaataa’ and My Nu Leng’s ‘Masterplan’, to Tessela’s ‘Hackney Parrot’ and more. Whether officially release, or strictly dubplate business, they can all be seen to revel in breaking the rules and playing gleefully with genre conventions, while still bringing serious dancefloor pressure. 2014 also saw a number of collaborations with kindred eccentric Fracture, from their hammering ‘Grippin Grain’ on Exit, to the bass-led slackness of the ‘FDGD (Fi Di Gyal Dem) EP’, featuring Young Echo’s Rider Shafique on vocal duties.
Looking ahead, early 2015 sees Critical Music dropping a fresh batch of signature Sam Binga flavour with the ‘Nuh Chat EP’, which delivers the fire once more with Redders for more idiosyncratic slices of rolling 808’s, crunched up lo-fi synths and intense verbal fireworks.
In September 2015, Critical Music presented his debut long player ‘Wasted Days’. An album of pure street-felt expressionism drawing influence from global multi cultures, his cascading eclecticism runs throughout making for a raw, uncompromising journey true to the Sam Binga sound.
Now a fully-fledged member of the Critical Music tribe, you can catch Binga DJ at your local Critical Sound event for a unique clash of jungle, grime, footwork, juke and drum and bass that shows a deep understanding of the whole dance music spectrum, while never losing sight of the vital party vibes.