Released 20th April
Circuits is the new collaborative project from InsideInfo and Kasra. Two artists coming from different angles sharing a similar musical grounding to create minimal but heavyweight drum & bass. 'The Coming Through EP' is the first of several releases planned for 2018 and beyond.
b1. Coming Through
b2. Resigner Drugs
One of the most distinct talents of recent times returns to Critical with his first EP release since the acclaimed 'All Talk'. Once more Hyroglifics presents a typically eclectic showcase ranging from the heads down D&B of 'South London's Finest' to the electro-infested 'Cheyhboi' making for one of the most dope EP's of the year so far.
a1. Hyroglifics & Signal - Make Me Feel
a2. Hyroglifics & Arkaik - Phone Drone
b1. Hyroglifics - South London's Finest
b2. Hyroglifics - Cheyhboi
Release Date: 12th January 2018
The talents of Enei and Critical boss Kasra combine once more to kick off 2018. With the infamous Jakes on title track vocal duty, the 'Transmitter EP' rolls out four pieces of low-slung, sci-fi drum & bass designed for darkened rooms across the world.
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a1. Transmitter ft. Jakes
b2. Rolling Walls
Released 27th October 2017
"I've said it before, but dancehall and its influence on UK music has been a massive inspiration for me, going way back to hearing Chris Goldfinger on Radio 1 playing music that was like nothing else I'd heard before. I love that fundamental rhythmic pattern, and I love how within the same world you can have some tunes that are built around the sweetest melodies and harmonies, and others that are built around super-tuff minimal drums and crazy squeeks and bleeps. When it came time to build another EP for Critical, I decided to link up with my good friend and long-time collaborator Rider Shafique, who has a much deeper knowledge of this music than me, and together create something that references both old and new dancehall, while still being playable in the kinds of sets I've become known for. There's no 'halftime' and no chopped-up jungle breaks here - we wanted to make something really focussed and even 'disciplined' - and hopefully we've succeeded. Big shouts to the vocal collaborators - super hyped to work with Stush on a tune, Irah came through with the righteous fire, and Tiffanie Malvo absolutely bodied her beat - but ultimate biggups have to go to Rider. This wasn't a project where I made the beats and Rider voiced them - for pretty much every tune, we worked and reworked the riddims together. We're both stoked on the results, and it seems like people in the dance feel the same way." - Sam Binga
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a1. Pot a Bubble
a2. Check di News
a4. Rootsman Tonic
b1. King Queen (feat. Lady Stush)
b3. Testing Times (feat. Lady Stush)
b4. Highly Blessed
Release Date: 15th September 2017
Burgeoning Swiss duo QZB come with a big bag of future for Critical s Systems series, their first release on the label. Featuring five tracks of industrial-edged, expertly produced drum & bass and half-time, these guys should be firmly on your radars.
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b1. Turning Point
Released 21st July 2017
Production powerhouse Mefjus and Critical label boss Kasra team up for their much anticipated debut single release. A single that swoops from heads down warehouse atmosphere to raw funk. Featured in the sets of Noisia, Camo & Krooked and more.
Release Date: 26th May 2017Critical Music reaches its 100th release in its 15th year, celebrating with the landmark album Fifteen Years Of Underground Sonics. Spanning the broad spectrum of drum & bass that the Critical sound represents, the exceptional 15 album is as bold as it is beautiful and looks to serve the test of time in the D&B history books.
Over the past 15 years the label I started as a hobby, as a way to involve myself in drum and bass, has taken over my life. I m so lucky to have worked with such incredible artists, have them realise their creativity, and travelled all over the world spreading the sound I love.
I deliberated for a long time over what type of record we should put together to celebrate reaching both our 15th birthday and 100th release. I like to think of us as a label that looks forward, that focuses on what the future holds and on how to make statements without sacrificing our core ideals, to release exciting music centred around the 170bpm tempo. So with this in mind I wanted the LP to be about where the label is now and where it s going, a snapshot of the music that represents the Critical sound by core label acts and some choice friends.
This album is an insight into Critical Music in 2017 and a thank you to all who have been involved in any way over the past 15 years.
a1. Enei - The Process
b1. Break - In The Clouds
b2. Sam Binga - Show U Something (Ft. Eva Lazurus)
c1. Mefjus - Mirage
d1. Kasra - Phases
d2. Hyroglifics - Swish
e1. Ivy Lab - Amber
f1. Upbeats - Grasshopper
f2. Foreign Concept - Breaking Again
g1. Emperor - Bad Blood
h1. Klax - The Mute
h2. Halogenix - Flames (Ft. SOLH)
i1. Current Value - Leave Behind
j1. Signal - Descent
j2. Shyun - Unfold
Released 14th April 2017
After a temporary break away from music to work on other projects Foreign Concept is back with the Skit City EP , the first in a series of new releases. Inspired by his long time friend Jack Ramsay s new graphic novel of the same name, the title track, featuring Mancunian MC Fox, creates the perfect sonic backdrop to the intricate aesthetic of the Skit City book from which the artwork is taken. Watch out for the video coming soon. A very welcome return to the scene complete with a beautiful collaboration with Halogenix and a killer remix by LSB.
a1. Skit City (feat. Fox)
a2. Waiheke Wine Club (w/ Halogenix)
b1. Escape Orbit
b2. When You're Alone (LSB Remix)
Released 17th February 2017
Emperor's debut LP 'Dispositions' was one of last years most acclaimed drum & bass albums to have hit the shelves. Leaving a wake of devastation behind it, Emperor returns to re-run three of the fans' favourites with brand new takes on them from Phace, Klax and Ivy Lab. The results are in and as expected they sound so, so good.
a1. Emperor - Haste (Phace remix)
b1. Emperor - Jounce (Ivy Lab's 20/20 Mix)
b2. Emperor (feat. SOLAH) - Made of Light (Klax Remix)
Released 20th January 2017
Brighton's Klax crew return to Critical with their very first full blown EP release on the label since their Systems series debut back in 2015. From hard-hitting industrial strength and half- time leanings through to warm liquid gold, the Klax boys deliver yet another outstanding, fresh take on drum & bass.
a1. Risk Out
a2. The Sway
b2. Flouro Riddim
Released 9th December 2016
The drum & bass heavyweight Current Value finishes up 2016 with his first solo release with the Critical crew since his enormous 'Biocellulose' LP earlier in the year. This time notching up some extreme sounds for Systems, Volume 6 is another iron-clad addition to the series.
b1. Stealth Ops (w/ Signal)