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The Sound Of: Critical Music

As the underground drum & bass label celebrates its 20th anniversary, Critical Music founder Kasra records a breakneck mix of tracks from its catalogue, and chats to Jake Hirst about the imprint’s history and constant evolution

“I started the label as a hobby and didn’t know where it would take me. So when I look back and think about everything we’ve...

New comp ‘Critical Sound Of Drum & Bass’ captures sounds past and future

Celebrating its 50th release this month, Critical Music is celebrating with the release of ‘Critical Sound Of Drum & Bass’.

Compiled by label...

Kasra on ten years of Critical Records

Back in 2002 on a sofa somewhere in North London, the concept of a new label was being brewed in the mind of a young DJ named Kasra, a hazy vision that became a reality after an intoxicated conversation with some colleagues.

Premiere: rumu ‘Critical Wass’

rumu returns to Scuffed Recordings this month with the ‘Wightman Wibble’ EP. Listen to ‘Critical Wass’ below. 


The North London DJ and producer’s solo debut...

Drum & bass powerhouse readies for massive Brixton party...

Critical Music marks 15 years in the game in 2017, and to kick off a run of celebrations the label is headed down to London's...

Decisions about the funding are set to be made in the next two weeks

The Music Venue Trust has said that “the whole grassroots music venue sector is now at critical, red alert status”, following a string of announcements from...

Some punters reportedly asked for a refund from the Melbourne festival...

Nina Kraviz played Smalltown festival in Melbourne over the weekend, on a bill that included Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock and Bicep.

Stepping up after Dettmann...

Scuffed Recordings welcomes San Francisco’s Farsight back for a fired-up four-tracker fusing UK funky, Jersey Club, breaks and bass. Hear Interplanetary Criminal’s remix of ‘Renegade’...

San Francisco’s Farsight returns to Scuffed Recordings this month with the ‘Renegade’ EP. 

Set for release on 28th May, the four-tracker finds the producer fusing...

Manchester’s genre-melding Interplanetary Criminal serves up dubs, breaks and bass on new EP, ‘Confused’. Listen to the sombre, speed garage vibes of ‘Pain (All I...

Interplanetary Criminal has announced his latest EP, ‘Confused’.

Joining the likes of Subjoi, Paradiso Rhythm and LUZ1E, the ‘Confused’ EP is slated for release 5th...

His family have arrived in Oman, and his body will be flown home this week...

Avicii’s death is not being treated as suspicious, Oman authorities have ruled.

News broke last Friday (20th April) that the Swedish DJ – real name...

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Point Blank Music School have a brand new course called Mixing Dance Music in Ableton. It’s all about applying classic and fundamental mixing and...

Use of drill lyrics in criminal trials to be reviewed by the crown prosecution service

The use of drill lyrics in criminal trials is to be reviewed by The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK. 


New research by the...

Carola & Dice back2back at Amnesia

Our first trip to Amnesia of the summer brought back memories of watching Ibizan sunrises ignite the carnival atmosphere of the colossus terrace. And tonight we are bracing ourselves for one of the biggest techno line-ups of this summer at Marco Carola’s Music On.

DJ Mag investigates the cynical money-making practice of digital music piracy...

Music piracy used to be a bit of home-taping of the Top 40 chart off the radio, or some guys selling illegal live bootleg tapes...

Yaeji makes the Class of 2019... 

Forbes has revealed its 30 Under 30 Music list for the year ahead, ranking young Stateside chart toppers currently making big noises. 

The list includes...