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Mefjus (Critical Music | UK)
Hailing from a hotbed of talent, Austrian powerhouse Mefjus now boasts a worldwide reputation for a furiously tech trademark style that continues to breathe fire into the drum and bass genre.
With his place once firmly cemented as the ‘one to watch’ within diasporas of the drum and bass community, Mefjus came out swinging in 2012 with ‘Far Too Close / Distantia’ on Phace and Misanthrop’s Neodigital imprint. His rise to notoriety with a surgically precise yet skull shattering brand of neurofunk, à la 2013’s dance destroyer ‘Mythos’ with collaborator InsideInfo, has kept fans in a suspended state of frenzy ever since.
Signing to Critical Music in 2013, the futuristic super-producer continues to set the standard with a repertoire of turbulent soundscapes, flawless mix downs and heart-stopping DJ sets that secure Mefjus as one of the finest within the collective imagination of the drum and bass world.
With his debut album ‘Emulation’ winning Drum&Bass Arena’s Album Of The Year 2015, the future’s looking good for this extraordinary young producer.
Kasra (Critical Music | UK)
“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit” – Goldie, Metalheadz
Kasra founded Critical Music label, a drum and bass label based in London that is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground scene. A passionate curator and DJ he has grown the label from humble beginnings to one of the most respected imprints in the genre.
“I started a label because I wanted to be involved in the music I love, to push new artists, new sounds and to present exciting ideas.” Kasra
Over the years the label has released music from artists across the scene, showcasing a diverse and vital roster covering all angles of the music that Kasra loves so much.
Not content with a release schedule bursting with future classics and his own rigorous DJ’ing schedule continually on the up, the label boasts its own residency at one of the world’s most iconic electronic music venues, Fabric London, where it can regularly be seen hosting Critical Sound events in both Rooms 1 and 2 with a superstar cast of DJ’ing elite from D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what only a select few people around the world have managed in their careers; being asked to mix the new Fabric Live album was a huge honour and resulted in FabricLive 62 being one of the most successful drum & bass mix albums of the year.
“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” – DJ Mag.
Since then Kasra Critical has continued to DJ sets and lay on label events throughout the UK and Europe with 2015 taking in an Australian New Year festival tour and his debut performance at EDC Las Vegas, marking a very a new chapter in the label’s development.
All the while using his A&R’ing skills to release music from the likes of Ivy Lab, Emperor, Hyroglifics and albums from Sam Binga, Enei and the ear crunching debut LP from Mefjus, voted D&B Arena’s Album Of The Year, 2015 was a tipping point for Kasra both as a DJ and a label head of one of the most inspiring imprints in dance music today.
Reid Speed (Play Me | LA)
Reid Speed has been a dancefloor destroyer for over a decade and is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of the multi-genre bass music movement. From her start at legendary NYC drum & bass store/label Breakbeat Science to founding her own labels Play Me Records and Play Me Too, she has remained a fan favorite DJ, a chart topping producer, and has been an instrumental pioneer of the North American Bass Music sound. With her keen ear, Play Me has become a launchpad for more hot new artists than any other label of its kind, helping to kickstart the careers of the likes of Dillon Francis, Figure, Bare, Singularity, Cyberoptics, Donkong, and many more. Reid is one of the few who opened the door and who continues to set the standard high for women in EDM.
Adred (Soul:r / Natural Selection | NYC)
Alex English (Girls + Boys | NYC)
Slake, 251 W. 30th St., NYC | 21+ w/photo ID | 10p – 4a
We’ve teamed up with Soul:r to host the first ever Soul:ution night in NYC! Label boss Marcus Intalex will be in the house, alongside the highly talented Alix Perez and the mighty Commix.
Our designer is cooking up some slick art work, so stay tuned for a site update and look out for a limited run of print flyers at your favorite NYC record shop. You’ll want one for your collection!
The vitals: Soul:ution NYC is going down on Saturday, 4/2 at Slake. Extremely limited $15 presale tickets are available now, so act fast! We’re going from 10p – 4a, and this is a 21+ event. Check out our Facebook event page and get involved!
Friday Jan 15
DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY
Exit Records | Critical Music / UK
CIA Records / UK
MASH (BP² / Argentina/NYC)
ASPECT (Selector One Ent. / Philly)
& Natural Selection Residents
at Studio 299
299 Vandervoort Ave
L train to Grand St.
Dub Phizix (Exit / Critical | UK)
You may know Manchester-based dnb badmon Dub Phizix from his irrepresible hits BUFFALO CHARGE and MARKA (Listen on Soundcloud), but make no mistake – he’s always makin moves in the dnb scene, and we can’t wait to hear what he’s got in store for us!
He recently mixed FabricLive 84 – check out his promo mix right here for a taste of what to expect!
Manchester based Drum and Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 20 years ago. Inspired along the way by a diverse collection of artists ranging from The Yardbirds to A Tribe Called Quest, through to Photek and Bugz in the Attic. Dub Phizix, (or George to his mum) would spend hours annoying his neighbours with a Guitar, a Tape Deck and his Dad’s collection of 7″ Records and in 2000 made their lives even harder when he began making Drum and Bass.
10 years into his career of music construction and Dub Phizix is an accomplished producer having made music in a variety of styles for MTV, BBC, Nokia and 4Music. Dub Phizix has released music on high profile and respected labels such as Exit, Commercial Suicide, Soul:R, Critical, Dispatch and Ingredients with Mixmag calling his music ‘Essential material’
2011 has seen the total domination of the Drum and Bass scene from a tune called ‘Marka’. Penned by Dub Phizix alongside regular collaborator Skeptical with guest vocals from Strategy (of Broken English), ‘Marka’ adhered to no known recent stylistic formulas. A rare vocal treat in Drum and Bass, ‘Marka’ marries staccato dancehall like rhythms with slamming bass hits and Strategys unintelligible but potent rhymes blast this off kilter anthem into other worlds. True underground Drum and Bass in 2011 will be remembered for the impact ‘Marka’ has had on this music.
Dub Phizix has also collaborated with Future Cut, Marcus Intalex, Loxy, MC DRS, and Stray and has remixed for Panjabi MC, Skittles and Chimpo. His music is played nightly by high profile DJs such as dBridge, Goldie, Marky, Fabio, Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y, Spectrasoul and many more.
Dub Phizix DJ sets have been in high demand throughout the UK and Europe including guest performances at high profile club nights like Fabric, A Bunch of Cuts, Soul:ution, Exit Records and Hospitality. Although he may be a fresh face to many, Dub Phizix’ DJ sets always display his depth of knowledge of what makes a great Drum and Bass tune, mixing up often neglected classics with the freshest upfront material available to anyone. His sought after guest mixes for Kmag, DnBtv, Example Magazine and Broken Audio have caused a stir across drum and bass forums in the last year.
Dub Phizix has much anticipated releases in the coming months on Exit Records, Creative Source, Commercial Suicide, Innerground, Samurai Music and more.
Total Science (C.I.A Records | UK)
If you caught Total Science headlining our May 16 DNB fest at SLAKE, you know what to expect!
As founders of CIA Records, a label influencing the DNB scene for nearly 20 years, Total Science’s sets span the spectrum of drum & bass. Check out their Soundcloud for more.
HEEEEERRRREEEE WEEEEE GOOO! We’ve been in the game for 4 years, and we’ve locked in 2 parties to celebrate! Check the 411 below!
“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.” Goldie, Metalheadz
Since his first forays into drum & bass in the late 1990’s as a burgeoning young DJ, there’s no doubt in 2011 that Kasra has made an indelible mark on the scene, a mark that continues to grow ever-stronger as his Critical Music empire prospers.
Conceived back in 2002 in a front room in north London, the label has 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 underground dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Break, Rockwell, Breakage, Cyantific…
Since his first forays into drum & bass in the late 1990’s as a burgeoning young DJ, there’s no doubt that Kasra has now made an indelible mark on the scene, a mark that continues to grow ever-stronger as his Critical Music empire prospers.
Conceived back in 2002 in a front room in north London, the label has 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 underground dance music labels in the UK. Nurturing new talent and releasing some of the freshest breaks and beats from the likes of Break, Rockwell, Breakage, 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.
As Critical’s figurehead the demand for Kasra’s DJ’ing skills has escalated to the point of a schedule that sees him playing regularly every weekend throughout the UK and rest of the world. Vienna, Budapest, Shanghai, Beijing, Miami, Berlin and of course his beloved London are just a few of the places that have beared witness to the Critical sound and the list just keeps getting longer. Quite a feat these days for someone who’s not yet really gone in deep into the production process.
This is all changing though as Kasra’s been busying himself back in the studio readying his own takes on the Critical sound. 2011 saw a collaboration with S.P.Y. and also Jubei on the heavily rotated Sequence One EP. With many more collabs to come and some solo cuts, expect to see many more Kasra productions gradually working their way into the sets of the great and the good of the D&B community.
Not content with a release schedule bursting with future classics and his own rigorous DJ’ing schedule continually on the up, the label now boasts its own residency at one of the worlds most iconic electronic music venues, Fabric London, where it can regularly be seen smashing up the place with an always superstar cast of DJing elite from D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what only a select few people around the world have managed in their careers; being asked to mix the new Fabric Live album was a huge honour and resulted in Fabric Live 62 being one of the most successful drum & bass mix albums of the day.
“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” DJ Mag
Enei (Critical Music)
Hailing from St. Petersburg in Russia it was way back in 2003 that a young Alexey Egorchenkov first got the taste for the musical drug Drum & Bass. Like many others before him he became hooked, dabbling with his own production and DJing soon after. Taking the artist name Enei his career began to blossom giving him star status in his beloved Russia and far but it wasn’t until 2007 that things really began to escalate.
During this year Enei earned his first official release on the Dutch label Fokuz but it was the first of many as others began to drop on other imprints such as Blu Saphir, Cyanide and Citrus throughout 2008 and 2009. Whilst his productions and profile began to take shape a certain eagle-eyed label boss, renowned for his supreme A&R’ing, was keeping close tabs on him; it wasn’t long before the phone call was made and Kasra secured the first Enei release for Critical Music at the end of 2010. The rest as they say, is history.
Releasing the Andy C favourite ‘Cracker’, ‘One Chance’ and the much lauded ‘Stone Head EP’, Enei’s Critical discography is relatively short but seeing the sheer talent within Kasra signed him exclusively for the label in 2011. It was Enei’s biggest year and to top it off he came away the ‘Best Newcomer Producer’ accolade at the end of year Drum & Bass Arena Awards.
In 2012 things only got better for Russia’s number 1 producer/DJ, his debut album ‘Machines‘ hitting the D&B scene by storm. With his music supported by Goldie, London Elektricity, Bailey, DJ Hype, Andy C, Kasra and many more, and an ever increasing DJ’ing schedule, you can guarantee this is merely the start of it as one of the most exciting of the new producers generation in electronic music today continues to make his way.
Enei, Critical Music, standard.
Foreign Concept (Critical Music)
The name Foreign Concept has come to represent both DJ’ing distinction and a multiform production style that synthesizes the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow in chord with the Critical Music ethos.
The London born, but now Bristol dwelling talent took to the turntables in 2004, and whilst bringing to the fore a future-thinking genre inclusivity that makes his DJ sets uniquely hard to miss, Foreign Concept was quickly noted for his finesse for infectious blends of which lead to an international DJ schedule as a club favourite.
In 2011, after forging a distinct sound of his own, the young producer galvanised the scene with signings to Shogun Audio and Samurai Music amongst others, as well as catching the attention of drum and bass visionary, Kasra, with the dank dystopian half-time hitter ‘Mob Justice’ and was immediately signed exclusively to his label, Critical Music.
The eclectic producer has consistently experimented in his music with a devout focus on the quality of his repertoire. His more recent work has involved the vocal talents of DRS, T-Man, Punchline (Emc), and Naomi Olive, plus talk of more in the pipeline. In only three years, Foreign Concept has amassed support from some of the biggest players in the UK’s electronic music game including Andy C, Friction, Sub Focus, Benji B, Zed Bias and Mista Jam.
Now, with the lead track of his forthcoming EP already decimating the current state of things, Foreign Concept may just be about to fortify his title as a true mainstay of the drum and bass genre.
With support from:
Adred (Natural Selection / 31 Records)
Tanktop (Natural Selection / DnB Radio)
Saturday, June 27 at Slake, 251 W. 30th St.
10p – 4a | $20 before midnight | 21+
Total Science (C.I.A., Metalheadz, Shogun Audio | UK)
A Brief History
Jason Greenhalgh (Q-Project) and Paul Smith (Spinback) first met in 1987 brought together through their mutual love of hip-hop music. Over the next few years the pair developed a deep appreciation for Techno and Dance music at the beginning of its worldwide takeover. By 1991, Spinback was an established DJ, gracing the decks at events week in week out including the world famous “Universe”, meanwhile Q-Project had entered into the studio, his first release “Freestyle Fanatic”, Their first label, Legend Records was launched with Q-Project’s highly acclaimed “Champion Sound” in 1992. It took their profile to new heights, and it remains one of the most influential tunes of its time and generation this was swiftly followed by the start of their early recording career together under the name Funky Technicians ……and so the unstoppable collaboration had begun.
In 1997, the well established pair launched the Computer Integrated Audio (C.I.A) label and the alias Total Science, was born. Over the coming years, Total Science had releases on all the major D&B labels including Metalheadz, Goodlooking, Moving Shadow, Hospital, Tru Playaz, 31 Records (Doc Scott), Reinforced, Soul:r, Shogun Audio to name but a few, as well as releases under their own C.I.A. and various other imprints.
Total Science/ Q-Project have release 4 albums, however, the actual number of singles and EP’s the pair have released is currently an unknown quantity. Their relentless yearning to create music and dogged approach denotes there are just too many to mention! but defining tracks of Total Science over 20 year career include:
Q Project – Champion Sound ( Total Science Remix )
Funky Technicians – Airtight
Soul Patrol ( feat MC Conrad )
Q Project – Ask Not
Wots My Code – Dubplate ( Total Science Remix )
Redlines ( feat Riya )
Total Science & S.P.Y – Gangsta
Total Science & S.P.Y – Piano Funk ( feat Riya & DaM Funk )
Another Time ( feat Grimm )
DJ Friction v Total Science – Scatter
As DJ’s Total Science have been touring globally for over a decade, regularly requested and in demand from the USA, Australia, New Zealand & Japan to the present day. They have a strong presence and dedicated following across the whole of Europe and in the UK, playing in all major regions and cities, and regularly listed at top London venues.
Recent & Present
In recent times Total Science have collaborated with a few select artists, most recognised is their work with Brazilian wonder kid S.P.Y. The pair became a threesome sharing ideas and studio space, and magic was made, the defining moments of this ultimate link-up being “Gangsta”, “Testimony (feat Riya ) ”, “Legion”, “Venus Prime”, and “Ghostrider”, & more recently on S.P.Y’s second album “Back to Basic’s” which they were present on 4 tracks . Their ongoing collaboration with vocalist Riya (Laura Pacheco) over the years has resulted in many appearances and Top Ten status with tracks “Redlines” “Piano Funk” & “See Your Face” the title track from their 2013 EP on Shogun Audio . They continue to work closely together on stage and in the studio.
Other notable projects during the last 2 years include the impressive, “Another Time” (featuring Grimm) on Spearhead Various output on Shogun Audio including “Positive Vibrations ” & the massive “Scatter” from the Friction Verses series.
The back end of 2014 has see Total Science starting where they left off. After many hours in the studio & a move to Bristol , there is a host of tracks lined up ready for release on key labels including their own C.I.A, Warm Communications & Shogun Audio also collaborations with the likes of DLR, Nymfo, Digital & Spirit, FD & of course S.P.Y. Not to mention a clutch of Remixes including Hybrid Minds, Defcon 1, Fats & Villem & Mcloed.
2015 & Future
Will see the already in the early stages of production long awaited Total Science’s 4th album, along with a string of releases on all your favour labels some of which mentioned above & of course more remixes & colabs.
Burner Brothers (Patrol the Skies / Direct Drive | NJ)
The Burner Brothers is a name synonymous with NYC drum & bass since the origins of the sound. From their early legendary productions on Liquid Sky and Rawkuts in the late nineties to more recent offerings on labels such as Subsonik, The Burner Brothers have remained an integral part of the American drum & bass sound whether they are in the studio or behind the decks.
Originally a trio which included Pish Posh (aka DJ Wally), The Burner Brothers are now a duo consisting of DJ Seen and CT Burners. After a short hiatus pursuing individual projects, Seen and CT have joined forces once again, pushing their production quality and overall sound to new levels. With the launch of their new label, Patrol The Skies, The Burner Brothers are set to make a huge impact in the scene!
Posi D (Patrol the Skies / Direct Drive | NJ)
MC Posi-D is one of the most well respected lyricists in the drum & bass scene. Since making his entrance into NYC drum & bass in the late nineties, Posi-D has been a mainstay, rocking stages alongside the greatest stateside and international drum & bass DJs and producers. Posi-D’s early days are marked by frequent appearances at NYC’s Konkrete Jungle and a weekly residency at the legendary Direct Drive. After adding vocals throughout NY drum & bass producer Pish Posh’s album, Indoor Storm, the two took to the road, slaying crowds in every major city in the US throughout the early to mid 2000s. Posi-D continued to hone is craft and in 2010 he joined forces with the Bass Fueled Mischief crew, performing at events including packed shows at the Highline Ballroom, Best Buy Theater in Times Square, and monthly events in which they partnered with Girls & Boys at Webster Hall. Over the years, Posi-D’s unique vocal style has moved crowds alongside some of the greatest names in drum & bass including Goldie, Andy C, DJ Hype, SS, High Contrast, and the legendary Randall.
Posi-D continues to support drum & bass in the US and can be found on stage in NYC at Direct Drive events and as part of the massive BP² parties in Brooklyn. In the studio, Posi-D has collaborated with The Burner Brothers on the huge single “Release the Beast” which was released on Patrol The Skies in 2013. Outside of the drum & bass world, Posi-D and CT Burners have released several singles on UK labels such as Nu Panda and Ice Cream Records under the name Prospectors, an outlet for their unique brand of bass music.
MC Posi-D has been a part of the stateside drum & bass movement since its inception and will be part of how the sound evolves into the future.
Alex English (Girls + Boys | NYC)
Alex English has been buzzing in the New York scene for quite some time now. He’s the co-founder of Girls + Boys at Webster Hall, talent buyer and resident for GBH events/promotions since 2004, and co-founder of Tronic Youth Records, which will be releasing four exclusive tracks in May just in time for Mysteryland.
Alex English has DJ’d with notable artists: Richie Hawtin, Squarepusher, Skrillex, Boys Noize & Disclosure in recent years, in addition to countless other international DJ acts since 1987.
Hambone (2KDeep / GetBent! | NYC)
A former Padawan to the great Vermont selectors Sekhmet and Tricky Pat. A crew member of the 2KDeep and GetBent! clans. A sometimes rowdy jungle raver who started collecting beats in 2004. It’s difficult to truly catagorize such a specimen, as a DJ he might play deep, he might play liquid, he might make your fucking teeth fall out. Regardless, his style is able to appease even the most jaded appetite. Dark, light, heavy, rolling, jumpin’, it doesnt matter, the tunes will be proper and they will be played right. Originally from Upstate New York, he has ridden the greyhound to all points regionally, its finally time he touches down for Natural Selection.