Gerra & Stone
Whether it’s sci-fi laden dirt for Dispatch or a more accessible floor destroyer for Ram, this eclectic duo have always come with the goods. But for us, this release has really taken them to the next level in the production game. ‘Recognise’ is reminiscent of the heavily heartfelt vibes with which SpectraSoul became famous a decade ago. Sharp, shuffling breaks pave the way for soft, ethereal pads and a beautifully haunting, reverbed vocal. Touches of twisting, techy sub bring a darker element to this absolutely stunning track.
Macky Gee x Phantasy x DJ Fresh
It’s been a while since we’ve seen this infamous imprint appear on a promo list, but it seems 2018 is the year that Adam F and DJ Fresh bring back the chaos, and we witness the return of the mighty Breakbeat Kaos. On 'Civilization', we hear Fresh team up with two of jump up’s most prevalent producers, bringing a touch of tongue in cheek humour with epic, cinematic samples, while the drop reveals a bouncy, fun-loving vibe. This is for the party goers.
Circuits (the new project from Insideinfo & Kasra) hit us with their second release, and it’s going to make you 'have it’. The heart and soul of the track are deep-rooted in the days of early rave, with receptive hardcore style synths creating the melody; however, the dark, distorted risers and twisted, techy glitches bring these sounds into the present day and more in line with Critical’s usual vibe. If you’re more into moody rollers, check out the flip, it’s a beaut.
Inja x Serum
'Little Menace '
As regular host for Kings Of The Rollers and in the midst of his first LP release on Hospital Records, storyteller and poet Inja is the MC on everybody's lips right now. ‘Little Menace’ is a short stepper, which recalls a jumpier, more energetic version of a Lynx and Kemo collab. The basic, funky beat is the perfect canvas for Inja to showcase his twisting, quick, witty style, where he uses his positive outlook to remind you not to be your own worst enemy.
Hybrid Minds ft Charlotte Haining
'Paint By Numbers '
In recent years, Hybrid Minds have firmly cemented their position as one of our favourite artists. We’ve become accustomed to their beautiful chord progressions, deep techy switches, exhilarating percussion and most importantly, raw, captivating emotion. Of course, this little number is no different, serial collaborator Charlotte Haining providing heavenly vocals which soar over twinkling arpeggios, while the warm, liquid bass nestles discreetly below. The breakdown reveals the intricacy of the shimmering, icy pads: this track is simply stunning.The SoundCloud content at https://soundcloud.com/hybridminds/paint-by-numbers-ft-charlotte-haining is not available, or it is set to private.
Beat Assassins ft The Ragga Twins
From the outset it’s clear this is a summer slammer: the intro is laden with hot horns and decalescent dub sirens, which continue to bring fire throughout the entirety of the track. Mixing classic breaks and blazing vocals from the Ragga Twins, the track’s vibe lies solidly in the jungle realm; however, the addition of the fat, squelching sub and warping sci-fi twists bring a hearty punch of modern d&b dancefloor fire.