Conceived by D&B visionary Kasra back in 2002, in a front room in north London, the Critical Music name has since blossomed into one of the most successful independent record labels in the UK today. Grown from a simple idea driven by a commitment to putting out the best music the scene has to offer, it has now become one of the most well respected electronic dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Enei, Foreign Concept, Break, Rockwell, Sabre, Stray, Cyantific, Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y, Calibre, Total Science and many more, it has gone on to build a loyal following around the world driven on by Kasra’s never ending quest to release quality underground bass music.
Not only a record label, the Critical empire now boasts its own highly esteemed club nights with a residency at London’s world-renowned Fabric night spot, as well as regular branded Critical tour nights across the UK and abroad. Drawing in familiar faces from the world of D&B you can be sure each and every Critical event is programmed to perfection, with leagues of fans attending each one in abundance.
Ever-evolving the label has recently substantiated itself even more so with the exclusive signing of two of the world’s most talented producers, Russia’s Enei and Brighton’s Foreign Concept, each having proved themselves to be two of the shining lights of the new generation of drum & bass artists. Rumour has it there may even be an Enei debut album nearing completion at this very moment….
So with Kasra’s FabricLive 62 mix album having hit the shelves during the first quarter of 2012 to rapturous applause, the label nights continuing to prosper and a host of stunning new music and albums to come, the future most certainly looks very bright indeed as we celebrate 10 bass-fuelled, ear-pleasing years of Critical Music. Keep it locked.
To the time of writing Critical Recordings has released 65 singles and eps, a full album by Sabre entitled “Wandering Journal” as well as 3 compilations (All Sounds Electric vol I & II and Critical Sound). The label’s head honcho Kasra entered also the exclusive club of djs and producers who have been entrusted with a Fabriclive mix representing what he would play at a Critical event at Fabric London and a snapshot of his favourite drum and bass in 2012. In 2010 Critical Recordings launched its sub-label Modulations featuring some of the label’s favourite producers both new and those with a few excursions on vinyl under their belt. Each record is 10″ high grade virgin vinyl, in a gorgeous slick housebag, essential for every dnb collector.
In strict chronological order ten of Critical’s finest moments are demonstrated below:
- Calibre – Rockafella (b/w Barca, CRIT009, 2003)
- Breakage – Staggered Dub (b/w 4Me, CRIT014, 2005)
- Icicle & Nymfo – Shadows of Tomorrow (b/w Unbreakable, CRIT028, 2007)
- Spectrasoul – Alibi (b/w Dark Hour, CRIT033, 2008)
- Stray – Timbre (b/w Perception by Kasra, CRIT041LTD, 2009)
- Serum & Bladerunner – Who Jah Bless (b/w Back To The Jungle by Bladerunner, CRIT047, 2010)
- Rockwell – Aria (Aria EP, CRIT051, 2011)
- Seba & Paradox – The Light (b/w As If, CRIT053, 2011)
- Enei, Eastcolors & Noel – Cracker (Jubei remix) (Stonehead EP, CRIT057, 2011)
- Foreign Concept – Mob Justice (b/w Show You by Kasra & Foreign Concept, CRIT058, 2011)