Sam Binga contains his massive winning streak when it comes to putting out a varied selection of quality music with the his new EP out on Critical Music.The Manchester producer follows up the Champion EP and it’s Reloaded companion piece with another EP entitled If The Cap Fits and it ranks as one of his most eclectic and brilliant releases yet.
If The Cap Fits features a host of great collaborations with artists who work regularly with Binga and a host of new ones as well and the results are as majestic as they are varied and this release takes in a whole host of different sounds, all of them supremely executed.
If The Cap Fits starts as it means to go on with the Paul Wall collaboration All Cap and sees one of Houston’s finest rappers dropping gems over a laid back Sam Binga beat that exudes H Town spirit as the People’s Champ spits hits bars about grills and grinding alongside quotable lines with ease. The Swishahouse man is perhaps a surprising guest but listening to the track makes perfect sense as he lays down his verses.
I’m An Adult, a collab with Halogenix follows and it is a triumphant sounding monster of a track that combines beats and 8-bit bleeps that fly high with a grooving elasticity and an infectious anthemic melody to create a monstrous and massive sounding track.
More familiar foil to Bingas sound come in the form of the next two tracks that feature regular collaborators Redders and Rider Shafique. Vandilero featuring Redders sees him letting loose on the mic with a berserk confidence over a stuttering dancehall beat on a track that oozes energy and will start fires on dancefloors and festival sites all over the country while Organic sees Rider Shafique demonstrate exactly why he is such a highly respected artist as he rides the shimmering beat with formidable control and shows exactly what his powerful voice is capable of and as he declare “No stress, No Panic” towards the end of the track, it is done so with an inspiring tone.
The only track that features Binga on his own is the Weird Mix of his track It’s You and it’s a nicely laid back and atmospherically minimal but urgent d&b tune that segues brilliantly into final track and Om Unit collaboration Find A Way and this track closes the EP in fine fashion. It’s an initially mournful sounding collection of sounds that gradually morphs into something beautiful and ends things on a thoughtful high, slowly fading into the darkness as the track ends.
If The Cap Fits is a release that showcases the production skills of Sam Binga extremely well and just how varied the music he makes is, but it all fits together greatly and demonstrates a whole host of sounds that capture a host of moods and emotions and everyone represented here is on fine form with Binga himself leading the charge on a hugely enjoyable EP.
I’m a music journalist based in the U.K. with a love for bass music in many forms from drum & bass and dubstep to hip hop and grime. Always looking to check out new music as well as digging back for the classics and attending as many events as possible.