Sam Binga - Nuh Chat

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  • Sam Simpson is good with drums. He's gone through several evolutions since his mid-'00s breakbeat heyday as Baobinga, but the Bristol artist has always kept percussion at the heart of his work. Brash, buoyant drums also define the drum & bass and footwork fusions he currently makes as Sam Binga. His first record of 2015 finds him back on Critical, following 2013's stellar "Lef Dem" and "AYO," both fruitful collaborations with MC Redders. Redders comes back for Nuh Chat, and his dextrous flow—somewhere between dancehall and grime—is a nice match for Simpson's precision. Simpson's tracks are made from what feels like a million moving parts, especially "Tek Nuh Chat," with its boom-bap stagger, staticky synth lead and bleepy 8-bit synths. Things are even more hectic on "Steppin," where Redders' words speed up every time Simpson throws in a drum fill. Simpson is typically playful on his two solo cuts: "Elastic" is almost retro with its liberal cowbell and exaggerated lead, while "Chasic" stiffens up with one repeating chord, like a jungle track focused into a single beam of energy. It's a digital-only bonus, but Enei's remix of "Lef Dem" is worth the price of admission alone, refitting the original with a chassis so distorted it feels like there's an electric current running through it.
  • Tracklist
      A Sam Binga -Tek Nuh Chat feat. Redders A2 Sam Binga - Elastic B1 Sam Binga & Deft - Steppin feat. Redders B2 Sam Binga - Chasic Digital: Lef Dem (Enei remix)