QZB – Systems 009

QZB (previously Qbig & Zenith B) are far from new in the scene, with previous releases on Flexout, Demand and, somewhat more surprisingly, Liquicity. Their debut release under their new 3-letter alias is on Critical’s System series; a 5-track valhalla for those who like their textures crispy, their rhythms techy and their bass subby. Opening…

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Mefjus & Kasra Converge On Critical Music With Their New Single

It seems surprising that these two biblically significant neuro icons haven’t collaborated before, especially given Mefjus’ consistent presence (and exclusive signing) on Kasra’s Critical Music imprint. Has it been worth the wait? F**K YES. We begin with Decypher, and I’m happy to report that the insanely fastidious production that we have become accustomed to hearing…

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One Third Of Ivy Lab Is Still Bigger Than Most: Halogenix And The Velvet EP

All three members of drum n bass’s best supergroup, Ivy Lab, create ridiculously good music in their own time, for themselves. Stray furnishes some of the most luxurious halftime cuts around, look no further than Injustice to see what Sabre can do with a beat, whilst Halogenix’s Flames is up there for my personal track of the year. It’s…

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Critical Celebrate 15 Years In Typical Underground Fashion

Critical’s slogan is Underground Sonics, a short, sharp and snappy tagline that accurately conveys what these guys are about; releasing music perfect for underground spaces and mindsets. The ‘underground’ can be quite a loosely defined term, used to describe everything from trains under the floor to student nights that happen to play a little House,…

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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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Ivy Lab’s Peninsula Is Five Heavy Halftime Hitters

Ivy Lab have firmly established themselves as front runners in the wonky world of halftime Drum & Bass, and through both Critical and their own 20/20 imprint, the trio have blessed us with a string of groove-packed, hip hop headbangers. Back on Critical this time around, Stray, Sabre and Halogenix offer up 5 tracks including…

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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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Binary: Codes LP (Critical Music)

For the past few years, Critical Music has overseen release after release of solid music from up-and-coming producers as part of the Binary series. The Codes LP marks the first Binary album, and it is quite something! I’ll inform you beforehand; you won’t find any euphoric, liquid tunes here! This is a compilation full of the darkest bangers, ranging in…

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The Best Drum & Bass Albums Of 2016

The end of 2016 is looming ever closer and, despite this being a totally bonkers year, it’s looking very unlikely that an asteroid is going to smash into the earth and put us all out our collective misery so let’s get on with the business of picking our favourite long players from the last 12…

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