Critical Musics Presents Binary 001 – Hyroglifics

First came Modulations, now here’s Binary – a new series of releases from Critical Music, and what better way to kick things off than with new blood Hyroglifics bringing the heat.

Those watching the scene for the last few years will have noticed one name slowly becoming synonymous with the more electronic inspired half time drum and bass and that’s Matt Harris AKA Hyroglifics.  After a string of successful releases on labels such as Flexout Audio, Diffrent Music, Proximity Recordings and Nurtured Beatz it soon became clear that it wouldn’t be long before this extremely talented producer was snapped up by one of the big labels and who can blame them? Hyroglifics is bringing some serious fire with a style that is not only contemporary but demonstrates a raw production talent that hasn’t even come close to reaching it’s peak.

So what’s different about Binary? Well, I guess the main difference is that it’s a digital only imprint.  Now, before all the vinyl junkies recoil in horror this isn’t Critical stepping away from wax, it’s simply a more efficient way for them to showcase the wealth of talent they undoubtedly have hidden away at Critical HQ.  More producers, more fresh music – more fresh music, the happier we all are – simple!


In true Critical Music style, Kasra and the team have switched things up and presented us with a fresh approach to drum and bass.  The three track EP by Hyroglifics manages to give a subtle nod to the old jungle breaks and samples of the past whilst experimenting with the fundamentals and creating a sound that is not only contemporary and innovative but exciting.

Whilst listening to the EP I can guarantee you’ll have heard the first track, Bay City Ballers Club being dropped by huge names such as Om Unit and if you’re anything like us here at In-Reach HQ, undoubtedly called for a rewind.  The track has a real jungle feel to it with Hyroglifics’ clever use of bongos and percussion but switched up with fresh atmospherics.

One thing that’s noticeable throughout the EP but particularly within the second track “Killamanaman” is the clever interpretation of the trap sound within drum and bass, Hyro manages to filter through the trap cheese and create a diverse sound which is completely unique.

The last track on the EP, entitled “My Own” perfectly demonstrates Hyroglifics’ ability to adapt and diversify as a producer as we go on more of a hip hop/trip hop almost glitch hop tip.  With a catchy beat and dreamy vocals running through the track you’d be forgiven for thinking this was Alex Perez at his finest, a testament to such a young producer only just embarking on his own musical career.

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Those of you desperately seeking a break from the normality (and dare I say monotony?) of drum and bass should not only check this release but Hyroglific’s back catalogue as we think Critical have picked up on something extremely clever here!