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Iron Giant
USL 009
18 Apr 14
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Adder - "Iron Giant" - (4:01) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor - "Pathways" - (4:08) 138 BPM
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Condensor
SYMM 011
21 May 12
Drum And Bass
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Break - "Condensor" - (5:42) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor - "Network" - (4:49) 173 BPM
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Played by: Break
Warface
ARDIG 063
08 Jun 11
Drum And Bass
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Warface - (4:51) 172 BPM
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The Sovereign - (4:41) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A D&B newcomer, but one who could definitely make a big noise if these two new tunes are anything to go by. British producer Emperor gets shifty and grimy on "The Sovereign", with time-stretched snares mixing up against rising sine synths and a dirty low-end. On the title tune "Warface" however, things are kept solely for the floor thanks to some almighty kicks and a winding bassline. A must-buy if twisted D&B is your game.
The Fire
NDGTL 004
12 Oct 12
Drum And Bass
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The Fire - (4:55) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Smokescreen - (4:46) 174 BPM
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Neonlights
CR 77-07
22 Oct 12
Uplifting Trance
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One White Sheet - (7:48) 128 BPM
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Colors - (6:53) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sunrise On Mars - (7:18) 129 BPM
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No Panic - (8:07) 126 BPM
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Monolith
MODULE 012
13 May 12
Drum And Bass
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Monolith - (4:51) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tension - (4:52) 173 BPM
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Allure
INSP 027
26 Feb 16
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Allure - (3:45) 81 BPM
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Constants - (4:38) 78 BPM
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Show Them - (5:12) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor/Mefjus - "Akkordeon" - (3:42) 100 BPM
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Shadow EP
NSGNL 014
17 Mar 17
Drum And Bass
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Defect - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Shadow - (5:40) 172 BPM
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Calypso - (4:55) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tireless - (4:31) 172 BPM
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Jackhammer
INSP 018
23 Sep 13
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Jackhammer - (5:10) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Next Day - (5:58) 87 BPM
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Soundboy - (4:35) 87 BPM
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Foreword - (5:13) 150 BPM
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Into Black EP
CRIT 081
11 May 15
Drum And Bass
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Into Black - (5:25) 172 BPM
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Passed Up - (5:22) 172 BPM
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SMPL - (5:40) 172 BPM
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Mind Games - (6:00) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tandem - (4:50) 172 BPM
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Review: Yorkshire's darkest D&B talent Emperor steps up with yet another forthright slab or triple-track grit. "Passed Up" has a bass presence that's near-overwhelming thanks its bulbous drone that refuses to quit. "SMPL" strips things back and looks more towards the late 90s Ed Rush & Optical style techstyle - loopy with real mechanical bite, it's a surgical shamanistic heads down affair. Finally "Mind Games"; a ruthless bass ripper that's almost jump up in its attitude, you can't help but think of Ram Trilogy at their finest when this pops off. With potential to unite all sub genres and sides of the D&B dance, Emperor has well and truly smashed it here.
Renaissance EP
CLBR 015
16 Apr 12
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
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Hey There - (2:54) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tonight - (7:05) 140 BPM
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Renaissance - (3:46) 140 BPM
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Hey There (Centra remix) - (4:52)
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Played by: Emperor
Dispositions
CRITLP 11
16 May 16
Drum And Bass
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Emperor - "Cold Snap" - (5:34) 57 BPM
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Emperor - "Haste" - (5:21) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "I Was" - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Foxholes" - (4:34) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor - "Shapeshift" - (4:36) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "From Ashes" - (5:24) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Infrasound" - (4:52) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Dispositions" (feat Peta Oneir) - (5:01) 172 BPM
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Emperor/Centra - "Interstellar" - (5:31) 174 BPM
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Emperor - "One Foot" - (4:50) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Sidestep" - (4:55) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Jounce" - (4:43) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Thunder" (feat MC Fats) - (4:40) 172 BPM
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Emperor - "Made Of Light" (feat Solah) - (4:57) 172 BPM
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Review: Halifax heavyweight Emperor finally unleashes the long-awaited beast that is his debut album and it's 50 shades of awesome. Rather than dish out a collection of the dark, tearing bangers he's become known for, he's licked up an all-armed hurricane of sounds and ideas; from the pixelated lift-off of "I Was" to the sweaty Upbeats drums of "Shapeshift" to the big breezy vocal drama of "Dispositions" and the rolling soul of "Thunder", this is a whole new creative level from Emperor as he plays by rules we've never heard him play by before. A proper album.
Dispositions - The Remixes
CRIT 095LTD
17 Feb 17
Drum And Bass
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Haste (Phace remix) - (4:21) 172 BPM
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Jounce (Ivy Lab's 20/20 remix) - (3:14) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Made Of Light (Klax remix) - (4:52) 172 BPM
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Solah - "Made Of Light" (Unplugged version) - (5:44) 134 BPM
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Played by: Hex, SpectraSoul
Review: As the dust continues to settle from Emperor's deeply personal debut album Dispositions, along come four unique versions that add whole new narratives to his tracks: long-time friend and all-round legend Phace flips "Haste" with a whole new dynamic of funk that's almost jump-up in its nature and attitude. Ivy Lab lay down serious halftime heat with the brilliantly slouching, lolloping g-style twist of "Jounce" while Klax switch up "Made Of Light" with different, more dramatic style of halftime. Finally we hit the most interesting curveball of all - a touching, unplugged take on the evocative "Made Of Light" where SOLAH's vocals tremble with even more poignancy against the piano. Emotional.
Begin EP
CRIT 070
13 May 13
Drum And Bass
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Begin (feat Georgia Yates) - (6:00) 174 BPM
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She Said - (6:37) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor & Centra - "Solar" - (5:10) 174 BPM
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Radar - (4:59) 172 BPM
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Precursor - (5:12) 57 BPM
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Review: Emperor began his journey not so long ago with his own brand of drum & bass that reaches beyond the depths. This EP sets out in stone his arrival into the inner circle. Starting off with the hauntingly savage "Begin" featuring the silken tones of Georgia Yates, there is no let up in the speed or accuracy with which tunes are flung forward. "She Said" is a double bass stepper Roni Size would be envious of, "Radar" rips through minimal synths at hyperspeed, "Precursor"'s strange, offset tape noise intro gives way to serious bass tremors and "Solar", featuring fellow English bass terroriser Centra blasts partway through the universe with huge neuro shockwaves. A serious contender for EP of the year so far.
Liberation EP
CRIT 071D
24 Jun 13
Drum And Bass
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Enei & Emperor - "Liberation" - (5:27) 172 BPM
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Enei & Chimpo - "Headtop" - (4:26) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enei - "Circles" (feat Sam Wills) - (4:35) 172 BPM
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Enei - "Mosquito" - (4:14) 172 BPM
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Enei - "The Bonebreaker" - (4:41) 170 BPM
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Played by: Culprate
Review: Not seen since his debut album Machines was released on Critical in late 2012, St Petersburg's best drum and bass exponent Enei resurfaces in double plated fashion with the Liberation EP. Despite the absence, Aleksei Egorchenkov is on fine form for Critical here, experimenting with new tempos and new collaborators without any hint of sacrificing his skills for raw, next level drum and bass. Fellow Critical producer Emperor, Mancunian vocalist and producer Chimpo and singer songwriter Sam Wills feature across the two slabs of wax, with the tempo shifting "Headtop" featuring Chimpo a standout track.
Missing Persons EP
CRIT 074D
24 Feb 14
Drum And Bass
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Ivy Lab - "Missing Persons" (feat Frank Carter - original mix) - (6:11) 172 BPM
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Ivy Lab - "Live On Your Smile" (original mix) - (5:36) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor & Ivy Lab - "Pepper" (original mix) - (5:09) 174 BPM
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Ivy Lab - "Sunday Crunk" (original mix) - (4:12) 174 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Emperor - "Pepper" (Deft remix) - (5:10) 170 BPM
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Review: Ivy Lab provides Critical Music with its first physical release of 2014 with a four-track EP. To begin with there's the piano-ambient introduction of "Missing Persons", which in a way sounds like a highly sped-up Burial track combined with Frank Carter III's vocals full of a similar sounding soul heard in Storm Queen's crossover hit "Look Right Through". The drums remain super-quick on "Live On Your Smile" alongside warbled computer bleeps and melancholic female vocals, while "Sunday Crunk" is a hip hop-inspired, MPC-styled slow jam that may well take its inspirations from southern rap. Lastly on this deluxe package, Project: Mooncircle and 2nd Drop artist Deft touches-up Ivy Lab & Emperor's "Pepper" for something verging on heavy dubstep mixed with some growling, Fis-like effects
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