Review: Neosignal is celebrating 10 years and they're doing so with four instalments of remixes and brand-new originals. This is the second part and it's just as big as the first, with five stellar remixes from Mefjus, Yunis, Culprate, Joe Ford and Buunshin. The former is the standout, unsurprisingly, with the Austrian giving Phace's 'Basic Memory' a onceover that'll leave it permanently improved. A glitchy, spacious structure gives Mefjus' arrangement room to breathe and you can soak up this tune in all its technical wonder, each phrase bigs up the last and the whole experience gets progressively more intense. These tunes are all huge - go cop em.
Review: 2018 is the second year in a row that Critical Music dropped a surprise release for us on Christmas Day, 2017 seeing the Modified Sonics album full of VIPs and exclusive remixes. New Energy Vol.1, however, is a totally different deal and that's because it's 18 brand new, exclusive tunes from those deep inside the Critical camp and those just entering it. The whole roster is represented: Kasra, Enei, Mefjus, Emperor, Foreign Concept, The Upbeats - and so on. But, excitingly, there's new talent in the form of Bou, Synth Ethics, Simula, Kanine and more. Mefjus' remix of 'Projections' arguably takes the cake as the best tune on here - absolute murderation. This is Critical's statement of intent for 2019.
Review: Critical premier neurofunk connoisseur - Emperor - is back on the imprint with one of his most audacious, ferocious and diverse offerings to date. It's hasn't been too long since his Bloodsport EP last year, and Mantmast features once more on the title tune - 'Boxcutter'. His vocal talent is equally menacing this time around, laid out on 'Boxcutter' with a precision befitting the instrumental's sharp, biting quality. 'Sosig Thing' is probably the most downright dirty of the bunch, with thunderous atmospherics and a punishing, pulsating back end that ricochets about the range. Emperor shows he can make minimal with the best of them on 'Silenced', which makes up for its overt devastation with subtle sub bass wobbles and energetic fluidity. Another stellar release from the Critical camp.
Review: He's back! It feels like an eternity since his "Shadow" EP but now we know what Conor's been up to - he's been getting into cage fighting and "Bloodsport" is his gritty, steppy ode to the gentleman's game. Elsewhere he grows sharp "Claws" with a twisted, glitched out jumpy riff bender, he debunks logic and maths with the beautiful, pensive and delicate soul of "Half Makes Whole" and he takes us out over choppy sense-blurring seas with the white knuckle paranoia jam "Navigante". Bloody marvellous.
Review: Well well well... What a way to kick off a new year: Modified Sonics sees the entire Critical troop go to town on each other's work and celebrate the label's 15+ year contribution to the game. No stone unturned, no shoe unthrown; from long-demanded VIPs such as Emperor's sharp update on "Infrasound" and Mefjus's VIP of "Disrupted" come well-deserved re-ups of classics such as Binga's fuzzy take on Serum & Bladerunner's "Who Jah Bless", Benny L's gut-troubling twist of Enei's "Mosquito" and a crucial twist of Rockwell's breakthrough gamechanger "Underpass" from none other than Perez. With loads more dopeness from the likes of QZB, Hyroglifics, Klax and many more, this is one of the best V/A albums Critical have ever put together. Essential.