“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit” – Goldie, Metalheadz
Kasra founded Critical Music label, a drum and bass label based in London that is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground scene. A passionate curator and DJ he has grown the label from humble beginnings to one of the most respected imprints in the genre.
“I started a label because I wanted to be involved in the music I love, to push new artists, new sounds and to present exciting ideas.” Kasra
Over the years the label has released music from artists across the scene, showcasing a diverse and vital roster covering all angles of the music that Kasra loves so much.
Not content with a release schedule bursting with future classics and his own rigorous DJ’ing schedule continually on the up, the label boasts its own residency at one of the world’s most iconic electronic music venues, Fabric London, where it can regularly be seen hosting Critical Sound events in both Rooms 1 and 2 with a superstar cast of DJ’ing elite from D&B and beyond. The first quarter of 2012 saw Kasra achieve what only 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 year.
“The rave George Cross, one of dance music’s highest honours.” – DJ Mag.
Since then Kasra Critical has continued to DJ sets and lay on label events throughout the UK and Europe with 2015 taking in an Australian New Year festival tour and his debut performance at EDC Las Vegas, marking a very a new chapter in the label’s development.
All the while using his A&R’ing skills to release music from the likes of Ivy Lab, Emperor, Hyroglifics and albums from Sam Binga, Enei and the ear crunching debut LP from Mefjus, voted D&B Arena’s Album Of The Year, 2015 was a tipping point for Kasra both as a DJ and a label head of one of the most inspiring imprints in dance music today.