BAOBINGA & CO/VARIOUS
Since arriving in Bristol a couple of years back, Hull-born occasional Manc Sam Baobinga has been on a musical voyage of discovery. Joint Ventures - a collaborative album featuring contributions from leading West Country knob-twiddlers (Ginz, Hyetal, Guido, regular sparring partner ID), up-and-coming stars (Kowton, Gemmy) and pals from further afield (XXXY, Geiom) - charts that journey. Considering the all-star cast and musically eclectic nature of the project (slow house, future garage, wonky, post-dubstep, glistening electronica, even skittering drum and bass), Joint Ventures could have been a mess. Yet it holds together exceptionally well, coming on like a kaleidoscopic sprint through contemporary bass music's many varied strands.
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