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  1. Critical Sound Foodbank Donations

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    After spending some time in Critical HQ thinking of ways we can help charitable organisations, we’ve recently announced an initiative to support local foodbanks in cities where we host Critical Sound events.

    The campaign was successfully launched at our Lakota show in Bristol this January where guests were encouraged to bring food donations to deposit before entering the venue. All food collected has now been donated to the East Bristol Foodbank.

    Working alongside Trussell Trust, a network of foodbanks across the UK, we will continue collections at select future events, including our London show at Studio 338 in February.

    We want to say a special thank you for the support this initiative has received. We were really blown away by the number of donations we received at Lakota and hope to see even more at Studio 338.

  2. Drum&Bass Arena Awards 2019 | Vote Critical

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    It’s that time again. We hope you have enjoyed what we have done over the past 12 months, from the releases to the events and the DJ sets. If you want to support please vote for Critical and its acts in the DNBA awards.


  3. Kasra – Essential Mix – BBC Radio 1

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    On Friday July 20th 2019 Kasra’s Essential Mix was aired on BBC Radio 1.

    It was a real honour to be asked to contribute to the Essential Mix series, and I wanted to do the opportunity justice by putting together a mix that represents what is important to me about this music. Over the 2 hours there’s the tunes that got me into DNB, some of my favourite Critical classics from across the years as well as a lot of what makes up my DJ sets in 2019, which includes alot of unreleased music! I’m excited to hear what people think, to me its an honest snapshot of exciting underground drum and bass in 2019. Kasra 

    Listen back here

  4. Introducing Fade Black, formally known as Shyun & Cruk

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    Over the last 3 years the names Shyun & Cruk have become synonymous with some of the most future-thinking drum & bass to have emerged from the new wave of producers breaking throughout the scene.

    Progressing from early releases on more fledgling labels it was in 2017 that Critical first picked up on their emerging talents, releasing music on the Binary and Systems series and solo releases on Critical itself. Culminating in their huge collaborative ‘See It Our Way’ EP released in February this year, Andy & Nick have now taken the decision to combine their skills to form a new allegiance; introducing Fade Black, formally known as Shyun & Cruk.

    “We just enjoy making tunes together, and feel we do it better with a couple beers and a bit of banter in the studio, so after much talk, we decided we wanna do this music thing together.

    But this doesn’t mean compromise in any way, we’re working smarter and faster than ever before and are going to be bringing you the best blend of both our styles in this new project, more future and forward thinking than we’ve ever been.” – Fade Black 2019

    To celebrate their brand new project Fade Black are giving away their epic new track ‘Unknown’. Listen below or click here to get it.

    fade Black - 'Unknown' - free track

  5. Photos Released From Corsica Studios

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    Our first Critical Sound of 2019 was the best way to set our expectations of the year ahead!

    Check the photos here from our rowdy affair featuring label boss Kasra, Foreign Concept, Halogenix, QZB and Bou in room 1, while Sam Binga and Chimpo went B2B for a marathon 5 hours in room 2.


    Massive thanks for your continued support and see you at our next London show as we look ahead to the Summer Sonics at Studio 338!

  6. Out Now: Shyun & Cruk – See It Our Way

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    Shyun & Cruk combine on an eclectic 5 track EP showcasing their immense production design. From minimal tech to bouncy half-time, this has all the flavours.

  7. Critical Sound – Studio 338 Summer Sonics Announced

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    Critical Music bring their heavyweight Summer Sonics party back for round two at Studio 338!

    The 25th May bank holiday show features their standout artists combined with some of the label’s favourites across the scene. Prepare for 12 hours of high-energy drum & bass  showcased on a first class VOID soundsystem.

    Critical artists such as Mefjus, Kasra, Enei & Halogenix headline the main room accompanied by an in-demand B2B pairing of Benny L & T>I.

    Legendary DJ Marky & Friends hosts the garden with special guests to soundtrack your afternoon in the sun. Upstairs Vandal Records provide more party vibes on their milestone 15th birthday.

    Lineup announcement for areas 2 & 3 coming soon!

    Early Bird tickets now sold out – please only buy through registered ticket vendors here