Red Bull Studios London is proud to present an exclusive track 'Original' and making-of video from independent Bristol label BUILD. The track features label owner and bass music tastemaker Baobinga, emerging Bristol talent Kahn and lyricist Rider Shafique. Recorded and filmed in one day at the Tower Bridge hub, we caught up with Baobinga to find out how the session came about and get the low down on BUILD’s music policy.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 'ORGINAL'
BUILD has been going for two years now and you’ve released a variety of bass music styles and collaborative tracks with everyone from Guido, Hyetal, xxxy, Mensah and Jack Sparrow, what’s your musical vision for the label?
Baobinga: I want the label to reflect what I’m playing in my sets; which is a mix of different tempos and styles. Normally one side will be 128/130 bpm and the other side maybe 138/140 bpm. It’s like one side you can play a little earlier on in the night and the other a little later. Basically, I’m just trying to show that within bass music and percussive dance music there is quite a wide range of interesting stuff and it’s fun to put it all out there.
How did the Red Bull Studios collaboration come about?
Baobinga: I’ve been down to Red Bull Studios before to do the Pick N Mix show, and we also did a session there with Buggsy and Guido. Kahn has just remixed 'Gun Talk' for the next BUILD release, and I thought it would be a good excuse to do a tune with him and get Rider, who has a really nice flow and did the original vocal for 'Gun Talk', involved as well.
How was it working with Kahn in the studio for the first time?
Baobinga: Joe is incredibly talented, very confident and he has a really good library of chopped up hooks from classical and Arabian music. He's definitely inspired me to up my sample-spotting game!
Both 'Original' and 'Gun Talk' have an element of dancehall, what is it about dancehall that you love?
Baobinga: I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of writing stuff with a more dancehall influence at regular dance music speeds. Tayo and I did an EP on Soul Jazz a while back that was kind of 128/130bpm ragga beats, and I guess 'Gun Talk' has a similar sort of feel. Pretty much every time I write a tune I always try and make sure the drums and the bass have that kind of energy in them that means you have to move.
Gun Talk is out now on vinyl and out April 30th on digital.
Listen back to Baobinga and Mensah on the Pick N Mix with Emma Warren