foreign concept returns to the frontline with the “gozen ep”. spread across five tracks fc weighs in with a tough selection including a huge collaboration with man of the moment monty. the vinyl release comes in a full artwork sleeve with download code included.
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.
foreign concept returns to critical music with his most accomplished work to date. the make meals ep showcases a fresh approach to the genre with a diverse and dynamic 6-tracker. lead track make meals has been turning dance floors inside out with djs from across the scene championing its innovative take on hip hop infused drum and bass.
a very warm welcome return to one of criticals finest for an ep of enormous proportions. foreign concept steps up with an array of future thinking music from hi-rolling drum & bass through to an outrageously fresh slice of hip-hop with *paper cha$er* featuring vocals from new yorks punchline of wordsworth fame.
comes with download code.
oh lordy, here we go again. synonymous around the world with the very best in electronic music, critical welcome back three enormous talents from the world of drum & bass, long time scene veteran sabre and songstress riya alongside critical label resident, foreign concept. the results are as you would expect astounding, so delay no more and wrap your ears around some seriously depth defying sounds.
ORGANISER / ONE CHANCE (FOREIGN CONCEPT / EMPEROR RMXS)
12" Vinyl UK31.08.12
another month and yet another heavyweight release from the critical music powerhouse, this time a mixed up limited release from some very special artists indeed. digging in the critical crates, label boss kasra has enlisted the help of two new wave makers to re-work a couple of classics from the vaults. the results – impeccable as always and ultra obscene!first up foreign concept swoops in to offer his take on spectrasoul’s computer future >organiser<. keeping the robo-vox, foreign concept builds some hefty half-time breaks around the vicious undulating b-line that works its way deep into the mix with twists and chopped up fx at every turn. does serious damage when stepped to so beware! criticals newest arrival to the fold, emperor, then turns on his controls and flips in one hell of a crunching remix of eneis >once chance<. industrial pads, echoed vocals and sirens make way for a rolling break intertwined with some gnarly tech-bass and a smattering of crispy percussion. watch for the intricate edits, emperor will have you begging for more by the end of it. a mighty showing from a future talent not to be reckoned with.
coloured vinyl with hand stamped labels. >true enemies< a collabo from two of the hottest new kids on the block. sweat in the box. >straights< anile showing us his fluffy soft underbelly. bare sickness
moving towards the end of the year and its time for a temperature change as critical gets ice cold with the talents of d&b scene newcomer, foreign concept. although a relatively fresh face foreign concept has already made quite a name for himself have signed tunes to the likes of samurai, ingredients, shogun and commercial suicide. here kasra picks possibly the cream of the crop with a release that has been hitting clubs hard all over for the past few months. sometimes the only answer is >mob justice<. a staggered break, industrial fx and drifting pads open it up with the by now familiar to most hang from the gallows vocal that signals the drop into some enormous droning sub-bass with twisted fills and oldskool amen edits. cuts deep in the mix on any worthy sound system, a critical anthem for all the fabric regulars. flipping over and label boss kasra joins him in the studio for a joint venture with devastatingly good consequences. kicking off with a more regular two-step break, piano chords and old soul vox >show you< rolls into a bouncing stepper with a surging b-line that keeps things moving with pace. one for the marching crew and another good sign of kasra’s own production progress. definitely much for to come from in the future from foreign concept.
samurai musics foreign exchange series continues with representatives from russia and the uk. eastcolors is our chosen russian representative. he has recently had huge success with his collaborations with enei, most notably with >cracker< on critical records. >acidized< is a low slung sub heavy treat that rolls a grinding acid line over a bouncing groove. foreign concept & dbr uk hail from brighton & luton in the uk respectively, and have been setting the scene alight with their unique approach to drum and bass. >radiation< has been a highlight of many djs sets with its signifying ragga vocal and gigantic bassline.
the 2nd instalment increases the pressure! jubeis >the path< was a classic in 2009 and man of the moment skeptical has created a killer remix! staying with the intense vibe, this is pure gnarly business & highlights just how fresh skeptical’s sound is. 2012 & beyond. flip for another rising star in the making - foreign concept. he has 3 massive tunes released in 2011 and this just might be the pick of the bunch. >jaipur< is very metalheadz in vibe & style & completes a superb 12 inch for the ingredients camp. dj support comes from jubei, dbridge, break, mikal ...
critical 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.
criticals systems project kicks off the new year with an almighty bang from brightons klax crew, delivering an epic ep that has been doing damage at critical sound parties the world over and with the likes of friction on bbc radio 1. get to know klax, undoubtedly ones to watch in 2016. the coloured vinyl release includes a download code.
the jackal dropped like a bomb at the start of the year so we thought we d get the main man dbridge to work his production wonders and his hypnotic bass & excellent drum workout makes it a must have in the collection.
kinetic & mark recoil are 2 new guys that we wanted to introduce, their future classic >cold streets< has had heavy support from dbridge on his rinse fm shows & its murky atmospherics & sharp beats suit ingredients down to a tee.
over the course of the last few years critical music has become without doubt one of the few buy on site labels that exist in drum & bass today. always one step ahead of the pack led by the inimitable kasra, it continues to build release after release, now acting as an exclusive home to enei and foreign concept. here we are treated to the second installment of the sequence series and as you can imagine its everything you would expect, strap yourselves in – incoming audio inside!
celebrating our 50th release, we unleash our devastating new compilation bringing together all of the artists, old and new, who ve helped shape the label as we are today.
featuring new tracks from d bridge, foreign concept & bringa, break, alix perez, phace & rockwell and the huge club classic >ultra clean< from icicle & commix, - ladies and gentlemen - we introduce the >way of the warrior< ep 1.
russias premiere drum & bass export enei returns to close out 2015 with his eagerly awaited sophomore album, rituals. following up on his 2012 debut long player machines, enei shows off a defiantly more mature sound palette drawing influence from across the drum & bass spectrum from his trademark tech nasties through to the deep subliminals from an array of collaborators. with 15 new tracks on offer rituals is another triumph for an artist moving ever onwards, marking the start of eneis new chapter.
in der fabric-reihe legt kasra mowlavi ein fulminantes drum & bass-set vor! der mann steht seit zehn jahren mit seinem label critical für innovation und integrität im drum & bass und fördert(e) die entwicklung junger new-school-produzenten wie rockwell, sabre, foreign concept oder enei. sein dichter fabric-mix beinhaltet viele unveröffentlichte tracks und reflektiert die geradlinige und unverwässerte einstellung dieses ausnahmeproduzenten/-djs!
it s true to say since its inception that shogun audio has become a true sensation of drum & bass. now as they reach 50 releases deep all those who ve helped shape the label into what it is today are back to deliver some brand new future audio classics in one truly breath-taking album. for the legions of followers this all-new compilation will astound with outrageously high-end d&b and dubstep including the previously unreleased anthem ultra clean, alongside an array of talent old and new all showing their allegiance in saluting the shogun sound. the most glorious and most dangerous bass excursions to appear yet on the label: ladies and gentlemen it s battle time, the way of the warrior.
ingredients records started in 2009 with the idea of supporting fresh exciting talent & the artists culinary skills, by adding a recipe card into each vinyl single. 2 years later, armed with so much talent and superb music, the label felt it was time to put together an album. not wanting to compromise, this album showcases the best new music the label has to offer. this cd comes with 12 tracks by the best underground d&b artists out there & all the tracks are brand new,unreleased. from russias unheard of boy wonder -2sides- to manchesters new star -dub phizix-, via nottinghams prolific duo -dramatic & dbaudio- this cd brings many syles of drum & bass together and is so far the peak of the labels achievements. the album has had heavy support from dbridge, loxy, grooverider, fabio, bailey, flight, london elektricity, doc scott, hazard, spectrasoul & many more.