Raw Q is back with another blazing mix for Natural Selection, jam-packed with upfront rollers, deep grooves, timeless classics and some exclusive dubs from the man himself!
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.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Slate, 251 W 30th St, New York, NY
$10 pre sale tickets are available here
$15 until 12am / $20 after 12am
Natural Selection NYC & Empress Presents are proud to announce the long awaited arrival of Zero T to NYC! We’re also very happy to have Random Movement delivering the soulful, deeper sounds and DJ Empress to balance out the sounds for an epic night of Drum & Bass on Valentine’s Day!
After 14 years working with a huge spectrum of D&B greats, London based Irishman Cian McCann has long since established his place in the scene. From his early days in Dublin with the Bassbin label to working with the likes of Calibre, 4 Hero, Klute, Alix Perez, Rockwell and Noisia, he has never stood still. 2008’s Cheap Shots LP for Total Science’s CIA Records was a high point, with lead track Walk Away bringing vocalist Steo to the worlds attention. Also a noted remixer, he has retouched artists as diverse as Dillinja, Slam, Rolo from Faithless, Sabre, Lemon D and Lenny Fontana. Zero T’s discography shows the diversity that his DJ sets have always shown, ranging from full vocal smoothness to darker, more technical styles. You are as likely to find his music on labels like Subtitles and Shogun as on Soul:r or Signature. 2010 saw two milestones reached; the Launch of Footprints, Zero T’s own label, and compiling and mixing FabricLive052 for the esteemed London venue. After a short period away from the scene, 2014 sees the return of Zero T as a producer and DJ. Watch out for his collaboration with long-time cohort Beta 2 coming on Metalheadz Platinum soon and a follow up EP to the Roxy Music EP on Dispatch Recordings.
“Not old music, not new music, just good music” is the Random Movement DJ’ing motto, an ideology that has carried his career to multiple performances at major club’s and festivals across 4 continents. Ever since climbing onto the soulful drum and bass vibe 9 years ago, his production skills and DJ technique have pushed him to the forefront of state-side drum & bass. Heads both old and young pack the clubs to hear his particular deep and uplifting vibe as he takes the crowd to big grins and smiles all around.
With help from friend and fellow producer/DJ Marky, the epic Bassbin smasher “Stars in the Dark” hit in 2005 and flew up the charts, helping to put Random Movement firmly on the map. Since then the releases and collaborations have been pouring forth, with projects including Mixmaster Doc, S.P.Y and Redeyes to name a few. His tracks have turned many heads to his unique skills in both his songwriting and production, and his soulful, smooth and sleazy vibes have landed him releases on such labels as Innerground, Liquid V, CIA and Integral.
Be sure to keep an ear to the ground for his already lengthy list of remixes, singles and tour dates by checking at any of the following websites:
Check out Random Movement Radio on www.bassdrive.com every Wednesday 5-7p CST (23:00-01:00 GMT)
Since 1996 Empress has toured the best clubs, festivals & events all over the world. She’s gone as far as Europe and Asia, has also played almost every major city in North America, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. A real “DJs DJ” known for repping the deep, dark, musical & rolling dramatic genres of Drum & Bass, Jungle and other bass styles.
This femme fatale is a veteran Dj who’s devotion to music, revered sets and relentless ambition has sustained her esteemed global reputation. Empress was one of the first female DJs in the world to start playing regularly at Raves back in the 90’s. Her flawless mixing, esteemed technical skills, vast knowledge of music and high energy sets has set her apart from the mediocrity.
(31 Records / Natural Selection | NY)
Born Adam Baker, son of a musically talented father and artistic mother, he was destined to be a great musician. Growing up listening to David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Thomas Dolby shaped his love for music at a young age. At the age of 16 Adam first heard Drum and Bass at a rave and wanted to replicate the energy and excitement he witnessed first hand. It wasn’t until years later when he had the opportunity to express it first by DJ’ing. At the age of 20, he bought his first set of turntables and a mixer. Quickly learning and understanding the techniques of mixing music, a year later he was given the opportunity to play out. He knew all along that he wanted to create his own music and that being a DJ wouldn’t be enough to set himself apart from rest of the world. Little did he know, that a chance meeting in a neighborhood record store would launch his career as a producer. He didn’t stop at Drum and Bass but ventured into Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, House and everything in between. He doesn’t believe in pigeonholing himself in one genre and always produces music by feeling and bpm. Currently he is working on multiple releases with Robert Manos in many different genres. Keep an eye out for him and these songs.
Santos Party House
96 Lafayette St.
New York, NY
21+ | $15 all night | 11pm – 4am
Loxy (Cylon Recordings, Exit Records, Metalheadz)
Adred (31 Records, Natural Selection)
Joseph Demension (Demension Sound)
Coh (Fourth Temple)
Reinforced sound by Tsunami Bass Sound System
Advance tickets available at Resident Advisor
Slake, 251 W. 30th (btwn 7th & 8th), NYC
Saturday, 12/13 | 10p – 4a | 21+ | $15
It’s been a long time comin’, y’all. After two or three years (we lost count!) of working to book him, Lenzman will finally be making his NYC debut as part of his Looking at the Stars LP tour. Join us as we welcome the soulful DnB don!
Webster Hall & Natural Selection present Shogun Audio NYC – the first Shogun label night in the USA!