a landmark release for both the label and its founder as kasra releases his debut solo ep. the ski mask ep features 4 tracks of rolling low end and marks the start of a new phase for him to make his mark as an artist as well as dj.
kasra says, “after 16 years of running the label i thought it was time i released a body of work of my own. it’s quite daunting after all the incredible music the artists have given me to be doing this for the first time. i hope you enjoy it for what it is: raw, honest drum and bass.”
pressing on transparent red vinyl with download code included.
the talents of enei and critical boss kasra combine once more to kick off 2018. with the infamous jakes on title track vocal duty, the transmitter ep rolls out four pieces of low-slung, sci-fi drum & bass designed for darkened rooms across the world.
the vinyl release includes a download code.
london based feelings expand their horizons with the birth of their new label feelings worldwide. following in the footsteps of their much loved parties, the label will see releases from some of the pioneers of the dance music paired alongside exciting new artists who ring true with the blueprint those pioneers created.
for the first release feelings have enlisted iranian born, london-based producer kasra v, delivering an incredible slice of middle-eastern inspired house. on the a side is the early 90s inspired fantasy, a dance floor thumper with a tribal house feel you could imagine rolling out the speakers at a dreamscape party, followed by the dreamy pris providing a contrasting sunrise vibe to the prior track. on the flip is myth a steady piano-led builder inspired and written in the style of southern iranian tribal music, followed by a remix of the same track from legendary nyc producer cozmo d under his dream 2 science alias bringing a straighter dancefloor ready versioin with the heavy deep house flavours his d2s project is lauded for.
production powerhouse mefjus and critical label boss kasra team up for their much anticipated debut single release. a single that swoops from heads down warehouse atmosphere to raw funk. featured in the sets of noisia, camo & krooked and more.
limited release on transparent vinyl.
london based balearic-disco feelings expand their horizons with the birth of their new label feelings worldwide. following in the blueprint of their much loved parties, the label will see releases from some of the pioneers of the dance music paired alongside exciting new artists who ring true with the blueprint those pioneers created. for the first release feelings have enlisted iranian born, london-based producer kasra v, delivering an incredible slice of middle-eastern inspired house. on the a side is the early 90s inspired fantasy, a dance floor thumper with a tribal house feel you could imagine rolling out the speakers at a dreamscape party, followed by the dreamy pris providing a contrasting sunrise vibe to the prior track. on the flip is myth a steady piano-led builder inspired and written in the style of southern iranian tribal music, followed by a remix of the same track from legendary nyc producer cozmo d under his dream 2 science alias bringing a straighter dancefloor ready versioin with the heavy deep house flavours his d2s project is lauded for.
prince of eclectic boogie kasra v will release his sophomore ep atlantis through vinylonly house imprint lips. tehran-born kasra has already built a solid reputation as a selector across london s underground circuit, with his bi-weekly paradise show on nts radio, plus various residencies and 22tracks playlists. flipping his focus onto production, his newest creations are a fusion of his own killer tastes with experimental techniques, the result being an intelligent melding of purist house, funky balearic rhythms and synth heavy disco, all with a distinct middle-eastern edge
critical music boss man kasra spends most of his days a&r ing one of electronic musics most revered record labels whilst playing drum & bass records in clubs across the world most weekends. having announced his return to the studio with one of the biggest names in d&b, enei, the pair are now ready to unleash their latest ep ahead of their debut at edc las vegas, one of the worlds largest electronic music festivals. as you would expect, it is a bit good.
a storming debut e.p from the persian prince, kasra v. a 21 year old from tehran who hit the shores of london four years ago armed with a bag of his uncle s boogie & disco and a taste in music belying his years. a residency at love fever has seen him holding his own with the likes of young marco, jonny rock, dj nature, and a radio show on the prodigious nts has seen him showcasing his tasted amongst the most listened on the station. learning his craft over the last 3 years on his trusty mpc2000, battery of fm keyboards and midi synced drum machines, his debut ep comes with a synth infused sound and a nod to 80s sleazy late night b movies.
emerging last year as austria’s latest drum & bass talent to take the world by storm, martin mefjus as been on a serious roll with his music featuring heavily in the sets of the scenes biggest players. never ones to rest on their laurels critical were listening and snapped him up all for themselves as the latest to join the critical roster alongside enei, foreign concept, xtrah and emperor. now as he readies his debut solo release on the label, mefjus looks set to take things up a gear.‘signalz’ has been damaging dance floors at critical events across the land these past few months and now it’s time to get up close and personal with this utterly disgusting beast of a tune and see what the fuss is about. the build up is all epic pads and smattering percussion but it’s the main event with its colossal bass drone and frenetic drums that’s gonna grab you and never let go until the next tune drops in. watch for the sick edits and switches to keep you on your toes. truly big, stinking and nasty!next up label boss kasra joins forces with the young austrian on another absolute belting slice of technoid drum & bass that’s been getting critical’s fabric sessions in all sorts of bother of late. ‘cypher’ is pure future with the synth stabs to match and bassline to smash, showing some strong sturdy roots for possibly a few more collaborations from these two. wait and see ...
to celebrate 10 years of critical music, label boss and drum & bass visionary kasra has sewn together the brand new critical x compilation to round off the labels most ground breaking year yet. withstanding the stormy seas of the modern day music industry for this long is an astounding achievement, and due in no small part to one of the best a&r brains in the business. here kasra reminds fans the world over of a staggering back catalogue, full to the brim of the stars of today and tomorrow, and drops some brand new upfront vinyl material to lead us into 2013, the perfect collectors edition album for any electronic music aficionado. with a fabric mix and the heavily lauded enei album already under the belt this year, critical x is the icing on the cake and a reminder of why the critical has been voted one of the labels of the year at the 2012 drum & bass arena awards, yet again.
well its been a long time coming but finally critical label boss and all-round entertainer kasra has put hand to mixing desk and delivered his first full 12 inch release on the imprint since it began back in 2002. no only that but he has done it with one of the most prolific and hot property names in the scene right now, brazilian born s.p.y. the result as you would expect is pure d&b thunder! >surface< rolls out seriously from the off with a snapping two-step break accompanied by paranoid pads that drift throughout the mix as an unnerving vox drops us suddenly into this no-nonsense friday night king of the rollers.
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!
paramidas love on the rocks imprint readies its eighteenth release, in this, the year of our lord, 2018 - the latest instalment on the ever-evolving, hard-to-define label is a decidedly non-dancefloor oriented, melancholic/euphoric instrumental number from promising lon-don/lisbon producers elles & violet.
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.
regular critical recordings artist enei is releasing his second album, rituals, on the label in december. the russian producer hooks up with a sound selection of collaborators on the 16-tracker album, including critical boss kasra, drs, foreign concept and new york-based vocalist frank carter iii. he shows off a defiantly more mature sound palette drawing influence from across the drum n bass spectrum, from his trademark tech nasties through to the deep subliminals from an array of collaborators.
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!
always ones to put their fans first, critical come with a massive christmas cracker of an ep full to bursting with some of the biggest talent within the scene at the moment. enei, drs, ulterior motive, phace, jubei and label boss kasra himself join forces to bring the almighty sequence one ep. hold tight, its about to get big stinking nasty!
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.
we are back in the hauptstadt (berlin capital) with the fifth installment of the * stil vor talent berlin* compilation series, which brings forth a group of old and new faces, who exclusively contributed unreleased tracks, gathered under the umbrella of one of berlins most iconic spots. frankfurter tor is the gateway to one of our favourite districts: good old friedrichshain. loud, left and a little dirty, it houses some of the city’s best clubs, markets and musicians, oliver koletzki included. its two towers stand as metaphorical guards to an area that has plenty to offer and asks for little in return, instantly making it feel like home. as always, music is the common denominator and oliver koletzki delivers the perfect soundtrack with this new release, while chrisse kunst renders the visuals.
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.