To all the Bayside boys I've loved before...
Baobinga has steadily built a reputation as one of the most versatile cross-genre selectors and producers around, with a sound rooted in the fundamentals of UK dance music – jungle, techno and garage, all delivered with a heavy emphasis on soundsystem vibes. First coming to attention mashing up speed garage, breakstep and techno (how many sets have you heard that place Ben Sims next to Zed Bias?), Baobinga has continued to push boundaries and forge links between disparate areas of dance music. Releases on imprints such as Soul Jazz, Trouble & Bass, and more recently his own label Build Recordings (operating from the same Multiverse stable as Tectonic, Kapsize and Caravan) have honed and refined a percussion-led, bass-heavy sound that takes from, and builds upon, the raw energy of dancehall, garage and dubstep. Tunes such as Style & Trend, with Tayo & MC Spyda, or the ‘Riddim Team EP’ on Steak House, could be seen as both a reworking of classic ragga riddims at a house tempo and a retooling of house to incorporate Karnival vibes. Similarly, tunes such as ‘Tongue Riddim’ or ‘Man Down’ place soca-infused percussive energy at the heart of dubstep. As a DJ, Baobinga has presented his individual take on UK bass music across the world, from China to Russia, America to Australia, and all over Europe, challenging and energising crowds to tempos and styles ranging from hip-hop to ghetto-tech, house to drum & bass, yet never losing the thread that binds all these different styles together. As the head of Build, Baobinga aims for similar versatility, collaborating with like-minded peers such as Ginz, I.D., Hyetal, Mensah and Scratcha DVA and attracting support from Modselektor, 2562, Jackmaster, Sinden, MJ Cole and Martyn, amongst many more.