Critical Music Presents Binary Vol. 3 – Billain

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ow, I know what you’re thinking, “Holy shit balls, a Billain release on Binary, how is this ever going to work!?”  Right? I thought the exact same thing when their latest release arrived here at In-Reach HQ.  Don’t get me wrong I love Billain and I love Binary, I think my main concern was that both parties would have to compromise their style in order to make this collaboration work, but in true Lindsay style I couldn’t have been more wrong!  If this release has taught me anything it’s that, as far as Binary is concerned – always expect the unexpected!

Hyroglifics kicked things off nicely with Binary vol. 1 earlier this year, with a unique and contemporary three track EP with Vol. 2 stepping things up with the dark, rolling sounds of Klax just a few weeks ago.  Now here we are at Vol. 3 and it’s fair to say that the team at Binary have gone all out because this release is absolute madness!

The first track, entitled Macula will blow your expectations of Binary out the window!  If you were expecting an experimental, grime inspired release as previously seen then think again!  Billain lays down some serious neurofunk like only he knows how.  The beats are fast, futuristic and furious with dirty, grimy bass – just the way we like it.  As with any Critical Music subsidiary the production quality is top drawer and just as well as I suspect i’ll be playing this for a long time to come . . .

The second track, Subduction, is another killer!  Perhaps slightly more substantial than the last it replaces Macula’s small, intricate beats with a chunky tech step snare and a wumping bassline, similar to Alix Perez and Icicle’s track “Caution” on Subtitles a few years ago.  For me, this is the track of the release and really brings some serious heat!

The last track entitled Conflicted is a more stripped back number, less intense than the previous two but contains one of the most deadly snares i’ve heard since Katharsys in their heyday.  On the whole this track has a very intelligent, almost tribal feel to it with hints of Current Value/Donny militance.  I think it’ll be a bit of a “Marmite” track, you’ll either get it or you won’t and I certainly do! So once again, huge big ups to the team at Binary.

With three incredibly diverse releases I can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys!  But for now head over to the Critical Music online store to bag yourself a copy!

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