Audio presents Critical label showcase
It all began in 2003. 2007 turned out to be especially successful - that's when Enei released his first record on the Dutch label Fokuz. That's when he also strated producing dubstep, which resulted in the second dubstep vinyl release in Russia, including one solo track and two co-produced tracks with Ka (aka Implex). More releases are coming on the biggest European labels, and more collaborations with producers from all over the world are taking place. In his sets Enei mixes old-school neuro funk and tech step with fresh and trendy futuristic minimal dnb from Metalheadz, Critical and other labels. His tracks are played by Nu Tone, Heist, Ed Rush, Sabre, DJ Hype, London Elektricity, Bulletproof, Soul Intent, Utah Jazz, Bailey and many others.
At the start of 2012, Sabre, Stray and Halogenix teamed up to drop one of the most blissful pieces of drum & bass that year, ‘Oblique’. The group came together as friends who shared an interest in each other’s work as well as the same specific production ethos and sonic goals. Since initial collaborations ‘Askari’ and ‘St.Clair,’ it has been their most recent success with ‘Oblique’ that significantly attracted support from some of the highest celebrated DJs in the scene today. Naturally things have progressed since, cementing their new found coalition as Ivy Lab. Expect some brand new forward thinking music, special podcasts inbound (aptly named the IvyCast) and events
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.
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 rest of the world. Vienna, Budapest, Shanghai, Beijing, Miami, Berlin and of course his beloved Lodon 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 deep into the production process.
This is all changing though as Kasra’s been busying himself back on 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 collars 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 form D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what ono 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 day.
“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” – DJ Mag.
So now as heads turns to 2014 it seems this is the tipping point for Kasra both as a DJ and a label head of one of the most inspiring imprints in dance music today. The Critical age is only just beginning.
Steadily reaching through the ranks, Hyroglifics has been on Kasra's radar for sometime now. With his debut release on Critical dropping in the very near future you'll be foolish to miss him play out.
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