June of this year saw the first release on Critical Music’s new digital imprint aptly titled “Binary”. The three track EP, by one of Critical’s latest signings Hyroglifics absolutely smashed the drum and bass charts, securing their place amongst the already established labels.[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hree months on and Binary is back with it’s heavily anticipated second release and true to form it’s bought some serious heat! With another three track EP, this time by Brighton based trio Klax, Binary introduce a slightly teckier side to the experimental drum and bass sound.
Kicking things off is the first track of the EP entitled Blackball, which for me has to be one of the most stand out tunes i’ve heard in a long time. This dark, minimal stepper begins with a super nice, catchy beat alongside dreamy vocals but believe me, this is the calm before the storm as the drop is like the most perfectly executed musical slap to the face. I have to hand it to Klax on this one, the beats are tight, the baseline is clean but impossibly heavy, so heavy in fact that my face looks like i’ve eaten a whole lemon every time I hear it. If you haven’t checked it already then stop reading this for a moment and listen, in fact, don’t even listen, just buy it because I can guarantee you won’t regret it.
The second track entitled Cornerstone takes things up a notch with hard hitting, futuristic tech stepper, reminiscent of some of EBK’s tracks on Renegade Hardware in my opinion, either way it’s as heavy all hell with a punchy beat, the perfection combination!
Lastly we have something slightly different in the third track entitled Hoodrat and for me this track displays more of what I originally expected from a Binary release. Klax have cleverly taken the fundamental sounds within drum and bass and given them a 2014 re-lick with tight amen breaks and jungle baselines alongside futuristic and glitchy noises, not to mention the ever so catchy “All Aboard” calypso style samples in there too, an all around killer track.
With two great releases under their belt i’m excited to see what the future holds for Binary. Exclusively released on the Critical Musical Store you won’t find this on your average download sites so head over to to pick up your copy.