Released 3rd March 2017
Keeping up the hectic release schedule of strictly one (1) record per year, Om Unit & Sam Binga are proud to present the final instalment in the Trans-Continental Trilogy: the Trans Siberian EP, on their very own BUNIT imprint.
Following on from the Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific, the Trans Siberian EP showcases a further four innovative yet dancefloor-ready takes on uptempo dance music, ranging from the quarter-speed modular depth of 'Baby Steps', through the baile funk-meets-acid intensity of '2000 Dogs', the ghettotech-jungle mania of 'Up & Under', all the way to the unique grime-boogie-dub hybrid (!!!) that is 'Optimist Prime'.
Built using an equal mix of lo-fi and cutting-edge production techniques, the Trans Siberian EP continues the progression of the BUNIT sound, referencing themes and approaches that have subconsciously threaded their way throughout the trilogy while still sounding nothing like any of the pair's other releases.
Available direct from the artists on vinyl and digital via bandcamp, vinyl only copies will be appearing in the finer record shops around the world via Unearthed Sounds distribution.
Where next for BUNIT? As of right now, we have no idea - but the journey will definitely be worth taking.
a1. Optimist Prime
a2. 2000 Dogs
b1. Up and Under
b2. Baby Steps
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Om Unit & Sam Binga; 2 names now synonymous with inventiveness, and known for their prolific output within the sphere of the fringe of Drum N’ Bass and heavyweight beat music return with a collaborative EP of forward-thinking pounders for the club environment and headphones alike.
Transatlantic EP opens with the title track, a searing halfstepper built around the classic Boymerang break, with the 85bpm 4/4 on the bottom end and pounding sub hits, this one has been destroying dance floors on recent world-wide tours from the 2 artists.
Moving along we run straight into “Onionz” a skippy break-laden cheeky take on the “Slow/fast” sound they have become known for innovating .
side B opens with “Full Bones” a more laid back, reese bass downbeat movement with layered synth action and a smoother feel, and fi- nally closing with the enigmatic soaring FM tones of “Wei”, another what-do-you-call it track, sounding something like grime-in-the-very-early-80’s meets Dancehall and Boogie.
a1. Om Unit & Sam Binga - TransAtlantic
a2. Om Unit & Sam Binga - Onionz
b1. Om Unit & Sam Binga - FullBones
b2. Om Unit & Sam Binga - Wei
Released 18th March 2016
The above-average-height duo of Sam Binga (Critical) and Om Unit (Cosmic Bridge, Metalheadz) return with another white label set of next-level studio jams on their BUNIT joint venture.
Known for their own take on drum & bass music - and in particular their unique approach to blending influences from a variety of worlds - their first collaborative EP 'Small Victories' was picked up for EXIT Records by dBridge back in 2012, and since then, their influence on a new generation of up-tempo music has been far reaching and undeniable.
Binga & Unit's collaborative label 'BUNIT' was formed in late 2014 as a home for further sonic explorations without the constraints of a standard A&R process. Written between the US and the UK, BUNIT001 - 'The Transatlantic EP' - sold out its initial run instantly, and burned through the following two represses in a matter of weeks.
Since that release in early 2015, both Binga and Om Unit have toured extensively worldwide, and their experiences in watching these hybrid strains of dance music bring mayhem and confusion alike to audiences in the Far East informed the name of this, the second installment of BUNIT - 'The Trans-Pacific EP'.
Ranging from the monolithic noise collage of closing track 'Planetary Reboot' to the grime-meets- jungle intensity of 'Windmill Kick', BUNIT002 is a clear step forward for this ongoing musical partnership. Elsewhere on the EP, mid-tempo workout 'Big Kev' takes the classic Reese-bass template and twists it into new shapes and colours, while '1000 Cats' is equal parts homage to Dance Mania rawness, summer-of-love acid and Durrrty South swagger.
Early support from everyone who matters - and if you didn't catch George & Strats premiere 'Windmill Kick' in their first BBC Radio 1 Residency, you might have heard Rockwell drop '1000 Cats' in his recent Essential Mix. Vinyl is available from Unearthed Distribution and direct from the artists at bunit.bandcamp.com, while digital is only available through bandcamp.
a1. Sam Binga & Om Unit - Windmill Kick
a2. Sam Binga & Om Unit - Big Kev
b1. Sam Binga & Om Unit - 1000 Cats
b2. Sam Binga & Om Unit - Planetary Reboot