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Dirty - (4:35) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lucid - (4:33) 174 BPM
   
Enei & Jakes - "Master Key" - (4:59) 174 BPM
   
Going Ahead - (4:32) 174 BPM
   
Ignit - (4:19) 57 BPM
Review: Enei's evolution over the last year or two has immense and the Russian producer has combined the techy side of things with the jumpier bits better than anyone else, a stylistic blend that he puts to perfect use in this five-tracker. Regular partner in crime Jakes steps up for 'Master Key', and his typically menacing vocal work adds edge to an already jagged instrumental, one which rattles through double bass notes and withering, stabbing percussive touches. It's a proper dancefloor cut constructed for the reopening of gigs, and this attitude spreads across the entire release; from the moody steps of 'Ignit', to the bouncing shards of 'Dirty' and the jump-up infused murderation of 'Lucid' The master is back.
CRIT 163
07 May 21
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Master Key - (4:59) 174 BPM
CRIT 163S1
26 Apr 21
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Waeys - "Snoar" - (4:22) 174 BPM
   
Waeys & Duskee - "Bold Courage" - (4:03) 174 BPM
   
Waeys & Levela - "The Devil" - (4:02) 174 BPM
   
Waeys & Particle - "Rave Tool" - (3:29) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Few artists have made as big an impact as Waeys in their first year of getting down to business, and his taking home of Best Newcomer at last year's awards shows just how successful he's been. He's on Critical these days, Snoar is his first full length solo EP on the label and oh boy, what a debut. 'Snoar' is Waeys as we've come to love him; jagged edged jump up textures delicately blended in with furious minimal pace, a hybrid club banger with which says all the right things. The other three tracks are all features, and its 'Rave Tool' featuring the badman Particle that really stands out, with a loping main bass of monstrous weight and width, a deeply satisfying element that ties the whole tune together in true style. Unreal from the young talent.
CRIT 169
23 Apr 21
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Stress Test - (4:33) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Other Species - (4:30) 175 BPM
   
Everybody - (4:58) 175 BPM
   
Moment Of Truth - (4:34) 175 BPM
Review: There are few EPs as hallowed as the Binary series, which has an unbelievable legacy of bringing through some of drum & bass' most successful artists including Signal, Monty, Hyroglifics and Current Value. This time around it's Trex, who shouldn't really need an introduction as the man has been slaying it across Dispatch, Mac 2 and more for several years now. This Binary is a great reflection of his sound, with its focus on sharp-edged techy sounds and rougher, more unrefined dancefloor textures. 'Stress Test' rolls out with abandon, a hugely satisfying number with a bassline that climbs in cascading waves of low frequencies. 'Other Species' is classic Trex, with a choppy vibe that's packed with murderous stabs and menacing tones. Another sick EP from the Critical crew.
BINARY 022
12 Apr 21
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Rude AF - (4:16) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Murda Dem (feat Slay) - (3:25) 172 BPM
   
Draco Gas - (3:11) 172 BPM
   
Ultra Luxe - (3:49) 131 BPM
Played by: Damageman
Review: Two of drum & bass' most creative producers are teaming up on Critical, a label which never shies away from innovation, to bring you an EP inflected with multi-genre tonalities. The pair have made their name in everything from grime to garage to halftime to drum & bass, and its this legacy that's on full display across all four tracks on Ultra Luxe. The title track is peppered with synth wave textures and grungy aesthetics and it lopes along in punchy two-step rhythms, with escalating melodies that swell into serious atmospheric suspense. 'Rude AF' is the rattling jungle roller, a sub-heavy exercise in rudeboy sonics, whilst 'Murda Dem' brings the harsh tones of Slay to bear on another clubland monster. Oh yes.
CRIT 165D
02 Apr 21
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Bold Courage - (4:03) 174 BPM
CRIT 169S1
31 Mar 21
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12 Gauge - (4:33) 172 BPM
   
Far Gone - (5:20) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRIT 164D
23 Mar 21
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Mercy & Misery - (4:31) 174 BPM
   
Clubcard - (4:02) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: This single is a meeting of minds between the new and the more established, as long-term Critical producer Hyroglifics and the upstart AC13 combine to produce a single that's choppy and rough in the extreme. Even the softer of the two, 'Mercy and Misery', rests upon spasms of simmering synthetic sauce, the top line to a classic Hyroglifics bassline, one which just oozes class and sophistication. The flip is clubland readiness, with squelching bottom ends that tear into jagged patterns of rocky force, it's an absolute banger made all the better by a jokes sample. Big ups to the Critical crew.
CRIT 166
12 Mar 21
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CRIT 165S
11 Mar 21
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Mercy & Misery - (4:31) 174 BPM
CRIT 166S
05 Mar 21
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Particle - "Audio Visual" - (4:37) 174 BPM
   
Particle & Klinical - "Cult Process" - (4:00) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Particle & T>I - "Vortex" - (3:53) 174 BPM
   
Particle - "Lovesong" - (3:11) 170 BPM
Played by: Promo ZO
CRIT 162
26 Feb 21
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Bou & Upgrade - "Creeper" (feat Chimpo) - (4:28) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bou & Enei - "DP" - (4:09) 175 BPM
   
Bou & Mefjus - "Wormhole" - (3:49) 175 BPM
   
Bou & T>I - "Road Runner" - (3:44) 175 BPM
CRIT 160
19 Feb 21
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Back Up - (4:58) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
EGO - (4:34) 174 BPM
   
Bring Down - (5:07) 172 BPM
   
Maudlin - (4:55) 172 BPM
CRIT 161
05 Feb 21
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Clairvoyant - (4:33) 174 BPM
   
Unforgiving - (4:16) 174 BPM
   
QZB & Charli Brix - "We Pretend" - (4:52) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Elektron (dub) - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Silence Rings Loudest - (5:15) 174 BPM
Review: Critical's resident Swiss wizards are back at it with this five-tracker, their first full length EP since Perspectives Vol. 1 last year. It's a textbook QZB, who are absolute geniuses at producing music bedded in techy depth, and who work across the full spectrum from deft, frivolous touches to all-out dancefloor heat. The title track here is the former, with oscillating synth nodes that ebb in and out of the mix, a liquid vibe that's metallic in texture yet remains distinctly soulful. 'Unforgiving' is the opposite, a foghorn-laced tech destroyer with astonishingly good use of space, a track which simultaneously feels stripped-back and full to the brim. 'Silence Rings Loudest' is probably the most creative; imagine a mixture of BOP and Frederic Robinson and you'll be close, as featherweight drums rise and fall in delicate crescendos of nostalgic robotics. Delightful.
CRIT 156
22 Jan 21
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Soul Sista - (3:25) 168 BPM
CRITIVY 001
06 Jan 21
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Let It Slide (feat Slay) - (4:11) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I Dont Know What The Future Brings - (4:30) 174 BPM
CRIT 157
18 Dec 20
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Sterven - (5:23) 172 BPM
   
Abrasion - (4:19) 172 BPM
   
No Match - (4:30) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Descended - (5:15) 172 BPM
Played by: Mauoq
CRIT 159
27 Nov 20
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Sinking VIP - (5:45) 174 BPM
Played by: Mandidextrous
CRIT 158
12 Nov 20
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Sterven - (5:23) 172 BPM
CRIT 159S1D
10 Nov 20
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Hold The Line - (5:32) 165 BPM
   
U I Luv - (4:48) 162 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blacklist - (6:05) 53 BPM
   
Sweet Gang - (4:03) 155 BPM
Review: Coco Bryce and Critical Music isn't a combination that we were expecting to be honest, with the former known for his work within jungle and the latter with a reputation for tech inflected music. But here we are, and the results are superb, as Coco stays true to his ethos of rough, ready, breaks-based music but adheres closely to the forward-thinking strand central to the A&R process at Critical. The title track is slow, foreboding and built around its loping reece bass and hypnotic bongo rhythms, a combination which is subtle yet extremely effective. 'U I Luv' is classic Bryce vibes, as funky sampling leads on to ferocious old school jungle work, whilst 'Blacklist' is spacious and full of air, a brutalist take on breaks music than emphasises the sparse and rejects the overcooked. Oh yes.
CRIT 154
06 Nov 20
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Ephemeral - (5:40) 174 BPM
   
This Tune - (4:03) 174 BPM
   
Mist - (4:32) 174 BPM
   
Waeys & Was A Be - "Bullying" - (4:00) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: By far one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in drum & bass in recent years, everything Waeys has put out into the world (including his magnificent moustache) has been high grade material. This new Critical EP being his highest benchmark so far. 'Ephemeral' says it all; crystal synth business, with strong touches of trance, there's a barbed soul to this that's on such a level of drama and theatre it's almost classical. Every other track hits with the same unique vibe and quirky soul; 'The Tune' has a playful almost jump-up infectiousness to its riff, 'Mist' is a beautifully slinky synth number with essences of techno while a killer collaboration with Was A Be concludes affairs. What an absolute killer EP.
BINARY 021
23 Oct 20
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Sam Binga & Hyroglifics - "Wicked" (feat Riko Dan) - (4:16) 57 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wits End - (2:58) 140 BPM
   
Sam Binga & Hyroglifics - "Bad" (feat Snowy) - (3:49) 172 BPM
   
Sam Binga - "No Dice" - (2:33) 140 BPM
Review: Sam Binga and Hyroglifics represent two of the most ingenious beat makers in the drum and bass, a pair of producers who, through their work on Critical Music amongst others, has pushed the boundaries of the genre. Wicked & Bad represents further encroachment onto the territory of neighbouring genres, including garage and grime, and the pair have managed to stay true to the formula of drum & bass whilst expanding on it with serious finesse. 'Wits End' embodies this mission statement best, as robotic vocals machinate alongside a bouncing garage beat and wallowing low frequency notes to form a technoid funk that's both heavy and sophisticated. There are more traditional jungle flavours on the title track, featuring Riko Dan on top form to provide a vocal overlay to the tune's rambunctious drums and pummelling bassline. More genre bending stuff from the Critical crew.
CRIT 153
09 Oct 20
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Noodles - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
Fade Out - (4:28) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blaze Heat - (4:26) 175 BPM
Played by: DJ Ollie
CRIT 144
25 Sep 20
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T>I & D*Minds - "Pulling Teef" - (4:48) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
T>I & Zombie Cats - "Sidestep" - (4:31) 174 BPM
   
T>I & Kyrist - "G Clamp" - (3:50) 172 BPM
   
T>I & Kasra - "24" - (4:05) 174 BPM
Played by: Damageman
CRIT 152
04 Sep 20
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Psychoactive - (4:39) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tinted - (5:01) 174 BPM
CRIT 155
21 Aug 20
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Eclipse - (3:05) 174 BPM
   
Sacred - (4:18) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
CRIT 151
07 Aug 20
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Hyroglifics - "Best Of" - (4:09) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hyroglifics - "God Given" - (3:21) 174 BPM
   
Hyroglifics - "Vultures" - (4:48) 172 BPM
   
Hyroglifics And Kasra - "Circular" - (4:22) 174 BPM
Played by: Mauoq
CRIT 150
24 Jul 20
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Voices - (5:01) 172 BPM
   
Recoil - (4:32) 174 BPM
   
Enei & Particle - "Fame" (feat Jakes) - (4:42) 174 BPM
   
Rollin Machine - (4:35) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Icon Face - (4:36) 174 BPM
CRIT 149
10 Jul 20
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Lacura - (5:01) 176 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Just Because - (4:33) 175 BPM
   
Be Good - (5:23) 172 BPM
BINARY 020
26 Jun 20
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Voices - (5:01) 172 BPM
CRIT 149S 2
17 Jun 20
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Fame - (4:42) 174 BPM
CRIT 149S1
09 Jun 20
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Thermal - (3:42) 174 BPM
   
Business Techno - (3:59) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Camberwell - (3:10) 57 BPM
   
Glock 19 - (3:07) 174 BPM
Played by: Lockerz
CRIT 146
05 Jun 20
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Dragonforce - (4:02) 176 BPM
   
Independent - (5:14) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tekina - (4:13) 172 BPM
   
Reminisce - (5:30) 174 BPM
Played by: Cyantific
CRIT 147
22 May 20
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Deep Fakes - (4:27) 174 BPM
   
King Move - (4:33) 172 BPM
   
Star Core - (4:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Parallax - (4:07) 174 BPM
CRIT 145
08 May 20
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Nervous System - (4:32) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Unbroken Loop - (4:05) 172 BPM
   
Spacer - (3:33) 174 BPM
   
Wingwalker - (3:42) 174 BPM
CIRC 005
24 Apr 20
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Axium - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
Levela & Particle - "Reap What You Sow" (feat Jakes) - (4:37) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Persuit - (3:48) 174 BPM
   
Levela & Kasra - "Acid People" - (4:30) 174 BPM
CRIT 148
10 Apr 20
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Flick The Switch - (5:53) 175 BPM
   
Thin Line - (5:54) 175 BPM
   
Takem To The Cellar - (5:54) 175 BPM
   
Output - (5:56) 175 BPM
   
Makin Moves - (5:54) 175 BPM
   
Too Far Gone - (5:54) 175 BPM
   
Foot Drop - (5:54) 175 BPM
   
Pretty Little Thing - (5:53) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Oxymoron - (5:57) 175 BPM
   
Curtains - (5:55) 175 BPM
CRITLP 015
06 Mar 20
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Technoid - (4:04) 172 BPM
CRIT 143
06 Mar 20
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Too Tight - (4:56) 172 BPM
   
Cached - (4:26) 175 BPM
   
High Ping - (4:47) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
BINARY 019
28 Feb 20
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Eskimode (feat Redders) - (3:02) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Air Force - (5:09) 58 BPM
Played by: Buck Lee, Teej
CRIT 142
07 Feb 20
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QZB & Rider Shafique - "City On Lock" - (4:19) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
QZB & Emperor - "Nixon" - (4:34) 174 BPM
   
Break Neck Speed - (4:10) 174 BPM
Played by: Mauoq, Buck Lee
CRIT 141
24 Jan 20
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Sam Binga & Paul Wall - "All Cap" (Lordel remix) - (3:11) 168 BPM
   
Sam Binga & Halogenix - "Flexah" (feat Trigga) - (2:35) 155 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Someone give Sam Binga some shampoo - his EP cap fits so well he's been wearing it since April! Thing is, it fits so well... No matter how you dress it. Previous iterations of tracks from the EP landed late summer, now comes a new chapter as Halogenix dons his Lordel guise for an iced-out halftime take of the Paul Wall-fronted title track that creeps with real shadowy wave feels. Speaking of shadows, and indeed Halogenix, "Flexha" is a brand new fix up of Bing and Halogenix's "I'm An Adult" now loaded with full fire bars from the one and only Trigga. Thiccer vibes, still the same badboy cap. Strictly 18+
CRIT 140
03 Jan 20
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Sinking - (5:41) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ghost Boat - (4:41) 174 BPM
   
Get Closer (feat Charli Brix) - (4:24) 172 BPM
   
Dark Move - (4:29) 174 BPM
Review: As if his "Divided Mode" EP wasn't quite enough dark fire for us this year, OG Critical fam Enei comes correct with another multi-track blast up. "Sinking" takes the lead on a mean techno tip as thundering 4x4s do all the driving as Enei plunges us deep into his alien bass pool. Deeper into the EP we hit pure techy roller territory on the pranged-out "Ghost Boat" while "Get Closer" reminds us of the Russian's more emotional side as he leaves heaps of space for singer-of-the-moment Charli Brix to purr pure dulcet velvet into the mix. Finally "Dark Move" shuts down the shop on a mean, gritty, stripped-back minimal one. Watch out of the creaky, creepy off-beat cascades midway... The devil always makes the darkest moves.
CRIT 139
30 Dec 19
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Emperor & Dread MC - "Backchat" - (3:59) 172 BPM
   
Boghorn - (4:35) 175 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gambit - (4:39) 176 BPM
CRIT 138
13 Dec 19
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Mecanique - (4:28) 174 BPM
   
Umami - (4:30) 174 BPM
   
Kasra & Enei - "40HZ" - (4:37) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ski Mask (Enei remix) - (4:27) 174 BPM
Played by: Emperor
CRIT 137
29 Nov 19
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High Resolution - (4:57) 172 BPM
   
Microdose - (4:16) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The biggest tag-team in the history of tag-teams since Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, Kasra and InsideInfo's Circuits project continues to set the agenda. Following their incendiary "Euphoria" EP earlier this year come two more bone-rattling blunderbusses. "High Resolution" levitates us with big emotional ravey pads and a tubular bassline so big and spacious you could stash a few bodies in there. "Microdose" follows and opens our third eye in the process. Not in any type of woke, hippie way but with a crowbar made of pure bass. Sledgehammer crew, this one's for you.
CIRC 004
23 Oct 19
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Stone Rose - (4:30) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hyroglifics & Visages - "Szechuan" - (5:25) 174 BPM
   
Mind Control - (4:22) 58 BPM
   
Hyroglifics & Fluidity - "No More" - (4:45) 174 BPM
   
Presence - (4:56) 58 BPM
Played by: MD
CRIT 133
11 Oct 19
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Condemned - (4:27) 172 BPM
   
Sluggah - (5:04) 172 BPM
   
Sane (feat Leo Law) - (4:46) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
RWD - (4:16) 172 BPM
Played by: Ray Keith
CRIT 135
11 Oct 19
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Sluggah - (5:04) 172 BPM
CRIT 135S2
09 Oct 19
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Sane - (4:46) 172 BPM
CRIT 135S
02 Oct 19
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