Sam Binga (Exit Records, Critical Music / UK)
Something’s happening to the faster side of dance music. Maybe it’s the hyperactive influence of juke’s choppedup 808s, theembrace of dubstep’s halftime flow at a higher tempo or perhaps it’s simply the ongoing evolution of the mutation started by dBridge and the Autonomic podcasts. Whatever the origin, that spectrum of music between 160 and 170bpm is sounding utterly vital once again.
Sam Binga has placed himself firmly at the centre of this new wave, with releases on some of dance music’s most respected underground labels 50 Weapons, Exit and Critical. His soundspans the anthemic rowdiness of tracks like ‘AYO’ and ‘Lef Dem’, to the deeper explorations of his collaborations with Om Unit, and has attracted the attention of artists such as Zed Bias and CHVRCHES who have both hit him up for remix work and Kode9, who featured his tune ’11th’ with Addison Groove on his critically acclaimed Rinse CD.
In the relatively short period of time since emerging onto the scene, Sam Binga has played clubs and festivals across the world, including regular turns at the worldfamous Fabric in London, Outlook in Croatia, a headline tour of Australia and New Zealand and a recent monthlong stint topping the bill at shows across the US and Canada. As a DJ, he has become known for his fearless style, blending juke and jungle with classic crunk and dancehall.
His unreleased dubs, like the ‘Sambaata’ refix, or the ‘Crackney
Parrot’ rebax, are still in huge demand from DJs such as Friction, Machinedrum and Alix Perez, while his recent EP with Fracture and Rider Shafique (of Young Echo fame) got love from forward – thinking crossgenre selectors such as Toddla T, The Heatwave, Murlo and Breakage. 2015 kicked off with two instantly sold out releases the ‘Nuh Chat EP’ on Critical, and the selfreleased TransAtlantic EP’ with Om Unit and progressed to the release of his debut album ‘Wasted Days’.
Featuring renowned vocalists such as Warrior Queen and TT TheArtist, as well as regular sparring partners such as Redders, Rider Shafique and Birmingham basslinekingpin Slick Don, ‘Wasted Days’ was incredibly well received, attracting press attention world wide, including a 4.3 on Resident Advisor and a 7.4 score on Pitchfork the first artist on Critical to be featured on the website “What’s remarkable though is how well Wasted Days comestogether, and how easy it is to return to a 17track collaborative album of indeterminate style; the degree of difficulty in actually pulling this off shouldn’t be understated… Wasted Days manages to provide a grand stage not just for the MCs but, at last, for Binga’s talents as well.”
Oceantied is the solo electronic project started by Until We Last guitarist Ketan Bahirat and is an exploration of Ketan’s electronic music headspace. Oceantied’s music can ambient, dancey, upbeat or anything in between. His music explores two main sides of the spectrum with downtempo tracks, alongside fast-paced footwork & jungle music.
Oceantied has shared the stage with the likes of CEE (Malaysia, Bass Sekolah), Justus Köhncke (Germany, Kompakt Records), Graciela Maria (Germany, Project Mooncircle), Iyer (Singapore/Canada, Phyla), AMIT (Metalheadz, Ninja Tune, AMAR, UK), _RHL, Nerm (UK) and a bunch more.
He is set to launch his debut EP on Bangalore based independent label, ‘Consolidate’ in early 2016, a label on which he also launched his latest track ‘Ice & Fire’ in the compilation FRNDS & FMLY ’16 which has been featured on THUMP, Resident Advisor & more. The track was also broadcasted on BBC Asian Network in early February.
Apart from his constant involvement in playing live shows at clubs, venues and festivals around the country with Oceantied as well as Until We Last, Ketan Bahirat also works on the other side of music actively, and is a part of the team that runs Bangalore venue The Humming Tree, where he has most recently created a recurring property called Producer Circle, to help producers gather, collaborate and grow in an ecosystem of local music. He also founded the city collective Hybrid Cycle in 2015.
Venue : The Humming Tree
Date : 28th February
Time : 9pm
Entry is FREE!!!!