A selection of some of Enei’s own favourite artists are drafted in to give their own take on some of the many highlights of his LP of last year.
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’Dispositions’ is a piece of me, an insight into my personality. I wanted to create something that represented that and more importantly be an album that people wouldn’t expect.” Emperor, 2016
Having debuted his first Critical release ‘Monolith’ back in 2012 the Emperor name has become synonymous with some of the most breathtaking drum & bass of recent times. Since the ‘Begin EP’ and his collaborative ‘Hello World EP’ with Mejus took the scene by storm, Emperor’s heavyweight approach culminated with the utterly outrageous ‘Into Black EP’ which pushed all the levels to the max.
Biocellulose’ is an uncompromising journey through some of the darkest corners of drum & bass and back again that aims straight for the middle of the dance floor. Featuring collaborations with Phace & Mefjus, as well as Enei on remix duties.
“Uncompromising, relentless and intense. A masterclass in modern abrasive tech.” Kasra, Critical
A 12 track, digi-only tech odyssey featuring collaborations with Phace and Mefjus and remixes from Enei and Anode, Biocellulose is the latest in a recent run of successful singles EPs and tracks on the likes of Invisible, Blackout, Bad Taste, Trendkill and Critical’s Binary series. Each release neatly documenting his evolution from the more experimental, denser frontiers to the very forefront of neuro and tech-influenced drum & bass, Biocellulose compounds Current Value’s recent developments on a whole new level.
Ivy Lab and Alix Perez have been astounding electronic music audiences for years throughout drum & bass and further afield with their own 20/20 and Shades projects respectively. Now in 2016 the two forces combine for a collaborative release like no other, drawing their own distinct styles to create the beautifully diverse, ‘Arkestra’ EP.
New blood Signal recorded an all encapsulating Critical DNB60 mix for Friction on BBC Radio1 – showcasing what Critical is all about – Past, present and future, Underground sonics all the way!
Russia’s premiere drum & bass export Enei returns to close out 2015 with his eagerly awaited sophomore album, ‘Rituals’. Following up on his 2012 debut long player ‘Machines’, Enei shows off a defiantly more mature sound palette drawing influence from across the drum & bass spectrum from his trademark tech nasties through to the deep subliminals from an array of collaborators. With 15 new tracks on offer ‘Rituals’ is another triumph for an artist moving ever onwards, marking the start of Enei’s new chapter.
“After finishing my big LP project at the start of the year, I simply wanted to do something different and wanted get into the studio to have fun with people whom I haven’t worked with for a while (like Noisia, Rockwell and Mefjus) or have never worked with before (like Current Value and Culprate). At this point I actually didn’t aim for all our output to be put together for one release. As things came together nicely though, I thought it would be a very cool thing if I put all this collaborative music together into one pack. I have a lot of love and respect for all these producers and consider them also as my friends. So the idea for this EP was born.”
The Russian returns to close down 2015 in style as he delivers the first single to be taken from his forthcoming sophomore LP, ‘Rituals’, due out on Critical early in December. Keeping us guessing, Enei throws a curveball with the dulcet tones of Charli Brix rolling over lead track ‘Just One Look’ whilst ‘Bad Proof’ takes us firmly into the warped sci-fi arena, perfect for smashing the most ardent of dance floors. With the enormous VIP mix of ‘Prometheus’ also included all eyes now raise to the new album.
Critical presents: Systems 002 by Fre4knc [OUT NOW]: www.criticalmusic.com/release/systems_002_fre4knc/
Hailing from the Netherlands, @signaldrumandbass aka Jonathan Kievit is the latest to join fellow countrymen Noisia, Black Sun Empire, June Miller, Maduk, Posij and Lenzman in the ever growing book of Dutch drum & bass exports. At just 15 years of age he’s already clocked up a release with seminal imprint Renegade Hardware and now with an amazing career ahead delivers his debut for Critical’s Binary series.