Twenty years in the making, the next LP from Cause4Concern is a seminal contribution to the scene which has only flourished from the label’s output. From both the drum & bass world’s major tastemakers, right through to the artists who are crafting the recesses of electronic music through their unforgiving, chaotic records, the longevity of Cause4Concern is a testament to the work which they’ve injected into each one of their releases. Its roster has grown since they first broke out using the widely established Cause4Concern outfit as a launching pad. The crew behind Cause4Concern had already caused widespread devastation throughout the club spaces they were dominating with the technically finessed, boisterous cuts taking pride of place within their DJ sets. And the forthcoming ‘Twenty years of Cause4Concern’ is a colossal package of thirty-nine exclusives demonstrating how far they’ve come as a collective, with each track setting a benchmark whilst standing out through their own intensive designs. It’s an apt way for the imprint to celebrate one of the longest running dominions in the game.
Opening track ‘Dovetails’, from one of the artists who brought you the opening ceremony of drum & bass mecca Let it Roll in 2018, encompasses the furious dancefloor explosions which ruminate throughout the LP’s entirety. Crafted by Abis, already renowned for his part in expanding the darker realms of the genre’s creativity, it establishes the levels which Cause4Concern have strived for across the ’20 years’ album. Other standout tracks include Current Value’s ‘Danger Bite’, Russian pioneers Gydra’s cut ‘Bass Must Go On’, ‘Disco Frenzy’ from Fragz and the tearaway sounds of Dub Elements throughout ‘Beast Abode’. However, every record offered by Cause4Concern on this monumental addition to their back catalogue further establishes the imprint and its forebearers as not only authorities within their sphere, but also as leading experts in providing the very best new recruits to drum & bass.
Whether it’s the old-school manufacturing of Skynet, Maztek’s legendary craftmanship or the manic moods of Mean Teeth, there’s a host of versatile flavours debuted throughout. Cause4Concern have delivered a landmark release – although with a lifetime of commitment to both the genre and the artists who they’ve supported, it’s still only a small overview of their influence throughout one of dance music’s most esteemed demographics.
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