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Arkestra EP
CRIT 088
26 Feb 16
Drum And Bass
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Maiden - (6:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Arkestra - (4:53) 174 BPM
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The Last Light - (5:28) 174 BPM
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Tell Dem - (3:44) 157 BPM
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Stop It - (3:37) 59 BPM
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No One Else - (4:14) 172 BPM
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Review: Underground hero of the modern drum and bass sound Alix Perez delivers more smooth liquid breaks and bass again on his new effort titled Arkestra, in collaboration with Ivy Lab. Starting out with the deep breakbeat science of "Maiden" featuring some gorgeous vocals he then launches into the fierce peak-time soul of the title track, the dark sci-fi hip-hop vibes of "Tell Dem" and "Stop It" before closing out proceedings with more deep and slinky futurist blues on "No One Else". Legends such as LTJ Bukem, Alex Reece and Peshay would be proud that their legacy continues via the new breed of the sound.
Critical Presents: Binary Vol 3
BINARY 003
03 Nov 14
Drum And Bass
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Macula - (6:31) 172 BPM
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Subduction - (7:09) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Conflicted - (6:18) 172 BPM
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Played by: Rich Raw
Review: If you like your D&B somewhere in the middle of "unleashed" and "have I lost my mind" territory, this latest brainwarper from Critical's latest acquisition from Bad Taste, Billain, is highly recommended. "Macula" is deliciously clean thanks to obsessively tweaked and balanced production, but it's those cranked samples that just set that bar out of reach. "Subduction" rages on with more technical breaks and looming, electrical storm synths and final track round off the release with a half time demolition machine pounding out industrial drums and skip-a-beat top end percussion. Combined with tons of sinister effects this is definitely one for the darkside crew.
Wasted Days
CRITLP 08
11 Sep 15
Drum And Bass
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Believe (feat Redders & Rider Shafique) - (3:40) 160 BPM
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Wasted Days (feat Warrior Queen) - (3:35) 168 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pound 4 Pound (feat Redders & Rider Shafique) - (3:35) 170 BPM
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Bad Bish (feat TT The Artist) - (2:52) 168 BPM
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Run The Dance (feat Slick Don) - (2:27) 169 BPM
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Sam Binga & Hyroglifics - "Dark Day" - (4:15) 170 BPM
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Stormy Weather (feat Rudey Lee) - (4:11) 163 BPM
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Mind & Spirit (feat Rider Shafique) - (3:29) 170 BPM
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Badman Skin (feat Redders) - (2:19) 166 BPM
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Sam Binga And Chimpo - "Necessary" (feat Fox & Rider Shafique) - (3:36) 57 BPM
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I Tol U - (4:06) 170 BPM
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Sam Binga & Om Unit - "Reclaim" - (4:10) 160 BPM
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Greatest Distance (feat Romaine) - (3:09) 171 BPM
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Steppin (feat Chimpo/Fox/Redders - VIP) - (2:48) 165 BPM
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One 6 Nine (digital bonus) - (2:28) 169 BPM
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Boongooz (digital bonus) - (2:58) 168 BPM
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Dub & Spirit (digital bonus) - (3:28) 170 BPM
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Review: With an extensive repertoire that includes breaks, house and techno, Sam Binga's switch to future jungle rhythms has spawned some of his honest, his most exciting and his heaviest tracks to date. Sitting in the same unclassifiable field as Om Unit and Fracture, his productions wobble, writhe and punch sweetly around the 160/80 axis and feature a wealth of killer vocalists such as Warrior Queen, Rider Shafique and Romaine. Part dancehall, part jungle, part mongrel bass, Sam's skills are showcased succinctly across Wasted Days with a consistency that ensures the album experience is just as hard hitting as the individual tracks hit the floor. Get wasted.
Nuh Chat EP
CRIT 078DD
29 Jan 15
Drum And Bass
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Sam Binga - "Tek Nuh Chat" (feat Redders) - (3:11) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Elastic - (3:14) 160 BPM
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Steppin (feat Redders) - (2:51) 165 BPM
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Chasic - (4:12) 57 BPM
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Lef Dem (digital exclusive feat Redders - Enei remix) - (5:33) 57 BPM
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Back To The Jungle
CRIT 047
26 Jul 10
Drum And Bass
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Bladerunner - "Back To The Jungle" - (5:39) 58 BPM
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Who Jah Bless - (6:16) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cold Sweat
CRIT 025
01 Dec 06
Drum And Bass
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Cold Sweat - (6:24) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Vacuum - (6:21) 174 BPM
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Late Drop
CRIT 042
10 Jan 10
Drum And Bass
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Late Drop - (5:59) 174 BPM
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Crunchy - (6:04) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Here We Go
CRIT 062
02 Apr 12
Drum And Bass
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Here We Go - (5:14) 172 BPM
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Soundwaves - (5:34) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: A much loved figure across the D&B spectrum, Break brings us his next utterance on none other than Critical Music, who are enjoying their time in the limelight at the moment, following Kasra's recent Fabriclive mix. Here, we see Break doing what he does best in "Here We Go" as he goes in hard and fast, with pounding bass; those unmistakable Break er, breaks; and plenty of fury in the grinding synths which pepper this spectacular release. "Soundwaves", in some ways a slightly less intense cut, pairs a muffled reggae vocal, with almost impenetrable sub bass and low-end frequencies.
Critical Sound Volume 1
CRIT 035
25 Sep 08
Drum And Bass
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Break - "Timeline VIP" - (5:58) 174 BPM
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Loxy & Naibu - "Hajime" - (5:50) 171 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Insideinfo - "Bog" - (4:48) 175 BPM
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Lomax & Kasra - "Warrior" - (5:55) 58 BPM
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Alibi
CRIT 038
13 Apr 09
Drum And Bass
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Alibi (break remix) - (6:22) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Organiser (original mix) - (5:38) 172 BPM
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Staggered Dub
CRIT 014
01 May 04
Drum And Bass
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Staggered Dub - (7:20) 171 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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4 Me - (7:14) 170 BPM
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Cooper
CRIT 030
24 Mar 08
Drum And Bass
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Cooper - (7:11) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rebel Creations - (6:41) 174 BPM
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Blue Mountain
CRIT 021
10 Apr 06
Drum And Bass
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Blue Mountain - (6:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Astro - (5:19)
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Binga Vs Breakage
CRIT 089LTD
06 Jun 16
Drum And Bass
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Sam Binga - "Mind & Spirit" (feat Rider Shafique - Breakage remix) - (3:52) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breakage - "Staggered Dub" (Sam Binga remix) - (3:38) 57 BPM
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Review: Today's Critical lesson is brought to you by the letter B... Binga, Breakage and absolute badness. First up Breakage adds a rolling booty bounce to one of the many highlights on Binga's album Wasted Days album. Binga returns the favour by looking back into the annals of Critical history and dusting off Breakage's formative 2005 skanker "Staggered Dub" and injecting a cool amount of deep halftime space. Both exemplary examples of remix authenticity. Blimey. Bigness.
Plum Fairy
CRIT 012
01 Jan 04
Drum And Bass
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Breakage - "Plum Fairy" - (8:02) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Alias - "Admit To Love" - (6:15) 170 BPM
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Too Late
CRIT 022
01 May 06
Drum And Bass
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Too Late - (6:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Human Poison - (6:26) 170 BPM
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Be Like This
CRIT 036
17 Nov 08
Drum And Bass
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Be Like This - (5:36) 172 BPM
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The Source - (6:14) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rockafella
CRIT 009
01 Jun 03
Drum And Bass
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Rockafella - (6:12) 170 BPM
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Barca - (6:23) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Piano Bizness
CRIT 059
07 Nov 11
Drum And Bass
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Piano Bizness - (6:23) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Smooth Baby - (5:43) 174 BPM
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Played by: Technimatic
Satisfy
CRIT 011
01 Oct 03
Drum And Bass
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Satisfy - (6:46) 58 BPM
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Try Again - (5:56) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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With No Light To Guide My Way
CRIT 026
12 Mar 07
Drum And Bass
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With No Light To Guide My Way - (6:01) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Late Night - (6:33) 172 BPM
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What You Sayin?
CRIT 055
16 May 11
Drum And Bass
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What You Sayin? - (4:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Double Dipped - (5:59)
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Review: London based drum and bass label Critical Music announce their staggering 55th release straight from the studio of SP:MC, Jubei and Dakuan, aka, Code 3, whose contributions to the genre haven't gone unnoticed in recent years. "What You Sayin" opens with simple two-tone chords and staggered break, eventually pounding into fearless snares and thudding subs. Intriguingly subtle at times, smooth keys dive and duck between the heavy drums and thunderous bass lines. The unique combination of the two tempos propel "What You Sayin" into the realm of D&B elegance. Over the page, "Double Dipped" intros with tremendous breaks, spaced out pads and a double bass that's far too easy to get lost in.
Sacrifice
CRIT 027
01 Mar 07
Drum And Bass
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Concord Dawn & ChrisSu - "Sacrifice" - (6:04) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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ChrisSu - "To Heal" - (5:39) 174 BPM
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Critical Presents Binary Vol 4
BINARY 004
02 Feb 15
Drum And Bass
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Dissonant - (5:23) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Division 32 - (4:52) 175 BPM
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Whiplash - (5:23) 58 BPM
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Phaselock - (4:52) 175 BPM
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Review: Critical's Binary series gets cracking for a fresh new outlook in 2015. Opening the year with Berlin's Current Value, this is four tracks of techno-infused sonic assaults that have been making an impact in every club brave enough to venture this far into the depths of inky-dark drum and bass over the past few months. "Division" in particular has been hitting the scene hard with its relentless percussion and stressed pads. Often 'experimental' is used as a cop-out description, but in this case it's true, and Current Value has been experimenting with just how tweaked he's willing to go.
Critical Presents: Systems 006
CRITSYS 006
09 Dec 16
Drum And Bass
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Current Value - "Unthinkable" - (4:24) 58 BPM
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Current Value And Signal - "Stealth Ops" - (4:18) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Current Value - "Subliminal" - (5:33) 174 BPM
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Played by: GAZE ILL, RMS
Biocellulose
CRITLP 10
25 Mar 16
Drum And Bass
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Current Value & Phace - "Thump" - (4:46) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Interstep - (4:48) 175 BPM
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Jump - (5:22) 174 BPM
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Footwork - (4:45) 175 BPM
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Biocellulose - (5:35) 174 BPM
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Changes - (5:29) 175 BPM
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Current Value & Mefjus - "Senescence" - (4:57) 174 BPM
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Pneumatics - (4:50) 175 BPM
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Sleeper - (4:30) 172 BPM
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Vigilant Minds - (4:20) 175 BPM
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Jump (Enei remix) - (5:06) 174 BPM
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Pneumatics (Anode remix) - (5:04) 174 BPM
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Played by: Rich Raw, RagnaRok, Hex
305
CRIT 050
06 Dec 10
Drum And Bass
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305 - (5:41) 58 BPM
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Opium - (4:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outer Limits
CRITDIGI 001
09 Mar 09
Drum And Bass
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Outer Limits - (5:52) 175 BPM
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Never Been
CRIT 063
14 May 12
Drum And Bass
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Never Been (feat Fox) - (6:07) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Codec - (5:22) 174 BPM
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Handmade - (5:27) 169 BPM
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Played by: Skubi
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.
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.
Hello World EP
CRIT 075
07 Apr 14
Drum And Bass
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Disrupted - (5:57) 164 BPM
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Mefjus - "Signalz" (Emperor remix) - (5:53) 172 BPM
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Void Main Void - (6:57) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor - "Precursor" (Mefjus remix) - (5:57) 172 BPM
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Review: Grab those dearest to you and nail down anything of value because Critical's latest release is epic on a grand scale and it's going to blow everything away. We're talking nuclear, apocalyptic style. Forget Noah and his sailing trip. There's a lot of joy in hearing these two producers work together - two similar twisted styles interlocking seemingly effortlessly, creating havok at the touch of a button. It's like magic. Dark, weighty and intense, at times it feels like they're going right over the edge...but they always manage to pull it back for another drop. Soon to be heard in clubs everywhere to the tune of thousands of contorted bodies moving in unison, there's always one release a year you'll kick yourself for sleeping on. Don't let it be this one.
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.
Stonehead EP
CRIT 057EP
08 Aug 11
Drum And Bass
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Stonehead - (5:24) 171 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enei - "No Fear" (feat Riya) - (4:45) 170 BPM
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Movin Fast - (4:44) 172 BPM
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Cracker (Jubei remix) - (5:13)
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Review: Enei is an artist who has been massively blowing up in the D&B scene in the past year, and here he cements his reputation as one of Saint Petersburg's finest on Kasra's Critical imprint. The title track "Stonehead" is all trademark sharp, snapping breaks punctuated by a vitriolic gangster-style vocal urging us to "trust me", with a rolling b-line below. "No Fear", up next, features the lyrical prowess of Riya, who brings in a female Kemo style rap vocal to fidgeting drums and Ramadanman-meets-Rockwell SFX. Enei ups the dancefloor vibes in "Movin Fast" which has a trancey synth-led intro, with punchy drums and warping SFX, dropping into a bonafide banger. Last and not least, Jubei goes in on the remix duties for previous hit "Cracker", transforming it into an even moodier meditation.
Rituals Remixed
CRIT 092LTD
16 Sep 16
Drum And Bass
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Homeworld (feat Charli Brix - Break remix) - (5:00) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Just One Look (feat Charli Brix - Signal remix) - (4:53) 170 BPM
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Iron Curtain (Fre4knc remix) - (4:18) 174 BPM
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Vertigo (Current Value remix) - (5:21) 172 BPM
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Just One Look/Bad Proof
CRIT 085
16 Oct 15
Drum And Bass
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Enei - "Just One Look" (feat Charli Brix) - (5:04) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bad Proof - (5:24) 172 BPM
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Prometheus vip - (5:47) 172 BPM
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Rituals
CRITLP 09
04 Dec 15
Drum And Bass
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Intro - (1:20) 174 BPM
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Vertigo - (4:47) 170 BPM
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Bad Proof - (5:24) 172 BPM
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Iron Curtain - (4:58) 174 BPM
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Homeworld (feat Charli Brix) - (5:26) 170 BPM
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Lost World - (3:23) 172 BPM
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Moment Of Now (feat Frank Carter III) - (4:22) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Enei & Eastcolors - "Jungle Business" - (5:08) 174 BPM
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Enei & Foreign Concept - "Forgotten Planet" (feat Peta Oneir) - (5:38) 57 BPM
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Enei - "Just One Look Feat. Charli Brix" (feat Charli Brix) - (5:04) 170 BPM
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Enei & Kasra - "Lessons" (feat DRS) - (4:37) 172 BPM
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Enei & Mefjus - "Dead Space" - (4:36) 170 BPM
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Brick Law - (4:26) 150 BPM
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Between The Split - (5:01) 170 BPM
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Two Faced - (4:19) 170 BPM
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Analog Desert - (4:42) 170 BPM
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Review: St Petersburg drum and bass producer presents us with his fourth album of high tech engineered drum and bass, guaranteed to deliver some serious future shock. There's some real dystopian themes overshadowing this album, but Aleksei Ergachevnov has the right knack for sound design to pull of the concept and album as a whole. There's some undeniable influences from some of the masters of the craft, such as Ed Rush and Optical and Peshay, but he's definitely representing the new garde of breakbeat science pretty damn well. Highlights include the subterranean sonar transmissions of "Iron Curtain", the jazzy liquid breaks of "Moment Of Now (feat Frank Carter III", the evil futurist minimalism of "Just One Look (Feat. Charli Brix)" and the peak time destroyer "Between The Split". One for the heads.
Machines
CRITCD 05D
12 Nov 12
Drum And Bass
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Machines - (5:20)
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The Moment (feat DRS) - (5:23) 170 BPM
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Enei & Eastcolors - "2012" - (5:07) 175 BPM
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Runnin (feat Georgia Yates) - (5:03) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Centrifuge - (5:16) 173 BPM
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Elephants - (4:29)
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I Dont Know - (4:59) 170 BPM
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Enei - "Saligia" (feat Kemo) - (5:11)
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Thin Line - (4:37) 170 BPM
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Enei & Eastcolors & Noel - "Cracker VIP" - (4:07) 172 BPM
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Trainchaser - (4:52)
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Movin Fast (June Miller remix) - (5:16) 172 BPM
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Rotate - (3:46)
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Stonehead VIP - (5:18)
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Situation (feat Georgia Yates) - (3:09) 187 BPM
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Machines LP Mix (continuou mix) - (23:59) 172 BPM
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Review: After much anticipation, Enei finally brings us his debut album on Critical. The universally respected young Russian artist has done nothing but impress since he burst onto the D&B scene a few years ago. And safe to say, Machines lives up to all the hype and expectation. Bringing together all the elements that make up his characteristic sound expect tough, tech-y terseness alongside sparse, minimal moments and driving energy. The title track gets things off to a great start with its infectious, pulsing energy. Elsewhere watch out for tracks like the vocal-driven loveliness of "Runnin (feat. Georgia Yates)" as well as the bleep n click-y "I Don't Know", the moodiness of "Thin Line", plus a VIP of old favourite "Cracker" and a June Miller remix of "Movin Fast". A superb debut from Enei.
Goliath EP
CRIT 076D
09 Jun 14
Drum And Bass
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Goliath - (5:04) 57 BPM
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Enei - "The Artefact" - (4:34) 172 BPM
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Enei - "Prometheus" - (5:48) 172 BPM
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Enei - "Hot Plate" - (5:07) 170 BPM
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Enei - "Woodrunner" - (5:13) 170 BPM
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Enei - "Get Low" - (4:40) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Russian D&B supremo Enei returns with his first full EP since his epic debut album Machines in late 2012. As you'd expect, it's yet another masterclass in solid rhythm and industrial strength sound design. "Goliath" opens the ceremony with a distinctive sermon from MC-du-jour DRS. As the title suggests, it's majestically monolithic. Further in we're bombarded with demonstrative dynamics; the techno-like loopiness of "Hotplate", the dramatic, rim-shot-striking tantalisation on "The Artefact" and the slimy, sludgy half-time twists on "Prometheus". Will Enei ever make a bad record? We somehow doubt it. Get to know.
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.
Critical Presents Sequence Two
CRIT 064EP
11 Jun 12
Drum And Bass
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Enei - "No Fear" (feat Riya - spectrasoul remix) - (5:17) 170 BPM
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Cyantific & Kasra - "Minerva" (original mix) - (4:53) 58 BPM
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Xtrah & Foreign Concept - "Harsh Reality" (original mix) - (5:18) 57 BPM
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Enei & Kasra - "So Real" (original mix) - (5:24) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One Chance
CRIT 056LTD
30 May 11
Drum And Bass
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Enei - "One Chance" - (5:20) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Labyrinth - (5:21) 57 BPM
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Stonehead EP (remixes)
CRIT 057
08 Aug 11
Drum And Bass
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Stonehead (original mix) - (5:24) 171 BPM
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No Fear (feat Riya - original mix) - (4:45) 170 BPM
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Movin Fast (original mix) - (4:44) 172 BPM
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Enei & Noel & Eastcolors - "Cracker" (Jubei remix) - (5:13) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Enei is an artist who has been massively blowing up in the D&B scene in the past year, and here he cements his reputation as one of Saint Petersburg's finest on Kasra's Critical imprint. The title track "Stonehead" is all trademark sharp, snapping breaks punctuated by a vitriolic gangster-style vocal urging us to "trust me", with a rolling b-line below. "No Fear", up next, features the lyrical prowess of Riya, who brings in a female Kemo style rap vocal to fidgeting drums and Ramadanman-meets-Rockwell SFX. Enei ups the dancefloor vibes in "Movin Fast" which has a trancey synth-led intro, with punchy drums and warping SFX, dropping into a bonafide banger. Last and not least, Jubei goes in on the remix duties for previous hit "Cracker", transforming it into an even moodier meditation.
Sequence Two
CRIT 064EP
11 Jun 12
Drum And Bass
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Enei & Riya - "No Fear" (Spectrasoul remix) - (5:17) 170 BPM
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Cyantific & Kasra - "Minerva" - (4:53)
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Foreign Concept & Xtrah - "Harsh Reality" - (5:18) 170 BPM
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Kasra & Enei - "So Real" - (5:24) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Critical Presents: Sequence One
CRIT 060EP
28 Nov 11
Drum And Bass
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Enei - "Obsession" (feat MC DRS) - (4:57) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ulterior Motive - "Divergence" - (5:03) 172 BPM
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Phace - "Freedom Of Filth" - (5:50) 172 BPM
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Jubei & Kasra - "The Rift" - (5:15) 172 BPM
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Review: Hold tight Critical crew; Kasra's got a new series in the pipeline, as Critical Presents: Sequence One. Bringing together four gems from some of the hottest artists who have gravitated to the London label in 2011, this is a must buy for the discerning D&B fan. Russian-based emerging star Enei, with the hypnotic, ominous bass-laden "Obsession" (feat. DRS) features, as do Bournemouth duo Ulterior Motive with their suitably tech-ed up monster "Divergence". Also on there is Neosignal's Phace, live and direct from Germany with the punishing, neuro-tinged "Freedom Of Filth", and finally label owner Kasra makes an appearance with Jubei on "The Rift". Big, bad and heavy.
Skit City
CRIT 097
07 Apr 17
Drum And Bass
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Skit City (feat Fox) - (4:15) 170 BPM
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Foreign Concept & Halogenix - "Waiheke Wine Club" - (5:21) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Escape Orbit - (5:38) 172 BPM
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When You're Alone (LSB remix) - (6:15) 174 BPM
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Played by: Loz Contreras, DJ Hybrid
Tag Team EP
CRIT 072D
05 Aug 13
Drum And Bass
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Tag Team (feat T Man) - (5:21) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bang It (with Stray) - (6:14) 170 BPM
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Paper Cha$er (with Punchline) - (5:31) 170 BPM
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Solid State Dreams - (5:26) 170 BPM
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Review: The Tag Team EP represents a killer return to Critical for South Coast producer Foreign Concept who really showcases the depths of his productions skills across the four tracks. As you'd expect from the EP title, this release is all about Foreign Concept flexing his collaborative muscles and he doesn't put a step wrong. Naturally there's some hi rolling drum and bass with the T Man featuring lead track and "Bang It" featuring Stray both premium grade examples of the art, but Foreign Concept demonstrates he can take the D&B template and apply it to hip hop on "Paper Cha$er" which is made all the memorable by the guest spot from New York MC Punchline of eMC fame.
Make Meals EP
CRIT 077
15 Sep 14
Drum And Bass
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Make Meals (original mix) - (5:02) 170 BPM
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When You're Alone (original mix) - (6:05) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Endless Fade (feat Naomi Olive - original mix) - (6:30) 173 BPM
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Foreign Concept & Klax - "Ask Yourself" (original mix) - (5:50) 169 BPM
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The Volks (original mix) - (5:44) 172 BPM
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Foreign Concept & DRS - "Falling Stars" (Hyroglifics remix) - (5:19) 170 BPM
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Review: One of the scene's most reliable beatmakers Foreign Concept returns to Critical Music with his most accomplished work yet. The Make Meals EP is, by his own account, a fresh approach to D&B, featuring explorations into more diverse and dynamic sounds. It's truly fantastic to hear someone who was a promising new artist take the huge strides necessary to become a voice to be reckoned with. Taking huge chunks of influence from hip hop in "Make Meals" and the darker side of electronica for tracks like the sublimely skewed "Ask Yourself", it's a real insight into Foreign Concept's creative world. You can hear what makes him tick in here; you can also hear that each track has had a real focus. He's not just into making heads nod now, he's got purpose.
Mob Justice EP
CRIT 058D
24 Oct 11
Drum And Bass
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Foreign Concept - "Mob Justice" - (6:31) 57 BPM
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Kasra & Foreign Concept - "Show You" - (5:16) 173 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Foreign Concept & Dekka - "Babyfaced Battleaxe" - (6:15) 170 BPM
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Review: Fresh from his recent excellent outing on the Shogun Audio's Way Of The Warrior compilation, Brighton-based Foreign Concept weighs in with three heavyweight tracks for Critical. Kicking proceedings off, "Mob Justice" is a heads down, stripped back roller underpinned by deadly subs. Label boss Kasra joins in the fun on "Show Me" which intros with a Robert Owens style vocal before the darkness descends. Finally, "Babyfaced Battleaxe" is a dubstep monster with a catchy old skool vocal hook. Yet another sterling effort from the Critical camp.
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