Kicking things off, title track ‘Guilty’ asserts itself with cinematic synths that make way for high-energy breaks and North London artist Catching Cairo’s soulful vocals. Next up, ‘Kanjiru’ is a heavier affair that channels classic darkside D&B energy with contemporary precision. ‘Guilty’ will be available on a limited-edition double-sided 10” vinyl and with a striking visual accompaniment in the form of an official video for the title track to follow the release. This record follows recent double-single ‘Die 4 It / Us’ on the iconic 31 Recordings, and his 2020 single Let It Slide on Critical, featuring the skyrocketing lyricist and MC Slay.
“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
A passionate curator and DJ, Kasra has grown Critical Music from humble beginnings to one of the most respected imprints in the scene. He has performed at world-renowned festivals such as Arcadia at Glastonbury, Boomtown and EDC Las Vegas, also delivering a stellar Fabric Live mix that was considered to be one of the most successful D&B mix albums of the decade. With a BBC Essential Mix under his belt and having raised one of the most influential modern drum & bass imprints in Critical Music, Kasra has become one of the genre’s most iconic curators and figureheads.
Catching Cairo channels an introspective, diverse and interestingly calming influence on her craft. She describes her dreamy brand of R&B as “a subgenre that encapsulates elements of a stylistic, lyrical, contextual approach to music, to create my unique sound through using elements of R&B, Soul, bass and reggae”. Her distinctive vocal tones provide the perfect accompaniment to Guilty’s skittering drums and ominous tones.
‘Guilty’ is a two-tracker that showcases exactly why Kasra is one of the most adored names on the scene.