Review: Long-time bass stalwart Binga (AKA Sam Simpson, Baobinga and Pablo Beatz) has enjoyed a fantastic year with cuts on Exit, 50Weapons and now Critical's Modulations sub-imprint. Flirting around the 85/170 axis there's the same stench of musty, muscular party headiness that Dub Phizix brings to the table; ostensibly moody and mean but galvanised by a sense of fun and funk. Fans of big MC-led tracks should jump on "Ayo" while those looking for a sharper, hype-teaser should head directly to the sub-soaked "Freezy". Make no mistakes: this is a huge release for both Binga and Critical.
Review: Some truly original and pleasantly soulful drum and bass from Dutchman Lenzman. "More Than I Can Take" keeps to a rigid half-pace but doesn't suffer from any loss of excitement thanks to some brilliant drum sequences. The mood is kept intense with some ominous synth pads and chopped female vocals. The appropriately named "Silhouette" features on the flipside and Lenzman lets loose with the drums a little more, whilst still preserving a uniquely soulful and - dare we say - IDM flavour. Definitely a must-hear tune if you like your D&B with a progressive edge.
Review: Taking time out from his Ivy Lab project with Sabre and Halogenix, Stray gets his darkside on with this bad dream jungle workout. Whistling and rushing on some lovely rusty amens, the tripped out vocals and alien-landing loops on "Ginseng Smash" are a beautiful cacophony that work but in the most fragile / warped way. "Akina" is darker again; taking the juke/ghettotech template it's just as much techno as it is D&B. Truly heavy stuff. Not to be missed.