Sam Binga – AYO / Freezy (MODULE016) – Review

A relatively new name in the drum & bass realm, Sam Binga brings forth his already enforced trademark sound after releases on 50 Weapons and Exit Records, to début on the almighty Critical Music. Label chief Kasra made no mistake in snapping up this flourishing producer from Bristol, as Sam draws from a wide vartiation of electronic music, accordingly channeling it through his own production sublimely.

Previously, Critical:Modulations has paved the way for artists such as Dub Phizix and Emperor in their careers, whose tunes are now staples in many drum & bass DJs’ sets. Sam Binga will be no exception. Admittedly, this release cannot be classified comfortably under a particular category, with elements of duke, trap, hip hop, jungle and a hint of 90’s influence, exquisitely blended into one futuristic fusion.

AYO (feat. Redders)

‘AYO’ introduces itself sweetly with a rising euphoric atmosphere, reminiscent of an old-school rave synth. This dreamy sequence will catch you off guard before the tumbling of snares into Redders lyrical ruckus with, “Ayo!”. The impact of Sam Binga’s driving hip hop percussion compliments Redders’ rapid flow immaculately, engineered to clutch at the listener’s attention from the off.
Amongst the increasing amount of half-time songs riddled with an MC as of late, this tune stands head and shoulders above most. Clear-cut sub rolls, unique and peculiar melodies, compacted with boisterous beats, ‘AYO’ is an anthem in its own right. Redders, aka Redskin, clearly does run the beat masterfully, knowing full-well that this gem will be commanding all dancefloors into a complete frenzy once it is unleashed.


The B-side of this release is a nod to the classic jungle and rave breaks sound, proceeding with a capturing piano pattern, bumping beat and teasing amens. ‘Freezy’ jolts into life, carried by deep rolling sub and distorted vocal cuts, the sheer bounce in this tune is unfathomable.
Bass fluently ensues throughout and the second section is played along with the ceaseless progression of a penetrating synth riff, gathering the song even greater momentum. With a more minimal take on this, Sam Binga has executed the half-time take on drum & bass freshly with a throwback to earlier generation flavours.


The digitally exclusive track of the release almost instantly actualises itself (after 8 bars coincidentally), diving straight into sub bass territory. A kick per bar and wave of low-pitched resonance switches up into spider-web like percussion amongst vocal samples which characterises the track audaciously.
The break is met with a short and curious piano sequence which inevitably makes way for building jungle breaks into utter bass delirium. It certainly would have been a difficult decision choosing between this and Freezy to make the vinyl cut.

AYO / Freezy is available to pre-order now through Surus on vinyl or digitally for October 7th.
This release can also be purchased as a bundle, including an ‘AYO’ t-shirt, the hot pink MODULE016 vinyl and free mp3 download. There are only 25 bundles going so don’t hang around!

Find Sam Binga on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also check out the official music video for ‘AYO’ here:

Originally written for UK Bass Music.

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