Charming dance floor tracks that span electro to deep house.
On Lost N Rex, Binh is joined by some collaborators. There's Evan Baggs, who has appeared several times on Binh's Time Passages label. Then there's DJ Masda, who runs Cabaret Records, and the lesser-known Sven Roehrig, a veteran techno producer also known as 3 Phase. Compared with other producers from this scene, like Onur Özer, Binh's production style has remained consistent to the core tenets of minimal. His productions involve just a few elements: simple percussion, a bassline and some kind of synth that provides a hint of melody. Most of his tracks are hypnotic and interesting, but occasionally the pieces he selects lock together to create magic. He notably found this "golden ratio" on "Chalzedon," the standout from his last Time Passages record. He finds it a few times on Lost N Rex as well.
"Waescherei," produced with Evan Baggs, is the most obvious example, where a punchy bassline and counter-rhythmic synth create a feeling of suspense. A tiny vocal snippet introduced at the right moments takes the track to the next level. Like the best examples of this style, there's enough space left in the composition to give the introduction of a hi-hat or a snare an instant impact. "Rice In," a collaboration with DJ Masda, is equally direct and banging. Its window rattling sub-bassline is Binh at his most energetic.
"Goods," the collaboration with Roehrig, has a fidgety, angular synth that feels particularly paranoid. The spooky "Lost N Rex" is similar in mood, but less busy and more hypnotic. "Everyday Is A Good Day" and "Lounge That," which both feature Evan Baggs, explore a warmer deep house influence that you don't usually find in Binh's productions, but won't be surprising if you've ever caught a daytime Binh set at Club Der Visionaere. Lost N Rex is an EP of different moods and atmospheres, but it doesn't stray from Binh's distinctive style. It's exactly the kind of low-fuss, high-quality release we've come to expect.