Foreign Concept’s Skit City Is One Of The Best Releases On Critical To Date

Nothing sums up this release better than Fox’s lyric ‘Just try and be yourself if you can be’. Foreign Concept has proved time and again that not only is he comfortable with numerous styles and tempos but he’s also more than capable at producing a cracking end product. He doesn’t simply toy with ideas and…

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SpectraSoul Return With The Second Chance EP

Now if you’ve read my pieces on the label’s previous releases, you’ll be aware that I found them pretty muddled at times, not totally ‘getting’ the sound the two veteran button pushers were putting out into the world. I also said that it would be very interesting to see what the continued output of self…

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Total Science Bring Some Big Names In For The Turn Around EP

Bringing the generally horrific and challenging dry January to an end are Total Science with the intoxicating Turn Around EP on C.I.A – hauling with them a cluster of producers who would do damage to any dance floor. Despite not exactly staying off the sauce myself for the year’s intro, I reckon I’ve been well…

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DRS Wows Once Again With The I Will EP On Soul:r

DRS is a British MC who needs no introduction. While Roots Manuva strode UK Hip Hip into mainstream arena’s, Dizzie Rascal dragged grime into the charts and beyond, DRS has been slowly but surely elevating in any genre he decides to turn his hand to. Patife and Vangeliez feature on the opening track, instantly aiding…

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Esoteric Present Their 17th Release With Nucleus & Paradox On Predictably Good Form

The A side is Take You There and if you’re aware of their music to date, this 12″ will sit gracefully in your record collection. I have to say, I’ve been a fan of their work for many moons and this track typifies what is best about the production duo. It builds and glides. I…

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Counterpoint Recordings Move Forward With A Perfect Blend Of Known And Unknown

With ten releases under their belt, the Portuguese label are making a clear statement here by dropping ‘Footprint’ by the much acclaimed Mikal. Having worked closely with the Metalheadz camp and beyond, it’s good to see the label secure a tune from someone of his stature. Minimal yet dynamic, this sways with an intense strut….

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HLZ Returns To Flexout Audio With A Wicked New Single

Flexout Audio. Good. HLZ. Good. Perhaps you can see where i’m going with this….? So, Flexout drop a lovely little 2 track affair. If you’re into the label’s releases so far then you’ll know what they’re about. If not, I’d say this is a decent intro. I’ve never met HLZ but read an interview with…

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Brighton Based Trio Klax Hot Step It Into 2017 With Their Debut Full Length EP On Critical.

The EP opens with Risk It, a track with the precision of a surgeon’s toolkit. Nimble production and perfectly balanced edits culminate in a pacey tune which wouldn’t be out of place in the most militant of army training drills. Drop down and give it 20! Buy: Beatport / Critical Music Shop The Sway is…

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Need For Mirrors & Phil Tangent Join Forces For C.I.A’s Latest Outing

Yay! CIA‘s Deep Kut imprint is back at it again with Need For Mirrors & Phil Tangent sharing the driving seat. Polaroid kicks things off and is probably the closest thing you’ll see to Andre 3000 stood on top of the bass bins at Fabric shouting ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’ – perhaps if…

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