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The name Foreign Concept has come to represent both a DJ’ing distinction and a multiform production style that synthesises the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow in chord with the Critical Music ethos.

The London born, but now Bristol dwelling talent took to the turntables in 2004, and whilst bringing to the fore a future-thinking genre inclusivity that makes his DJ sets uniquely hard to miss, Foreign Concept was quickly noted for his finesse for infectious blends of which lead to an international DJ schedule as a club and festival favourite. In 2011, he caught the the attention of drum and bass visionary, Kasra, with the dank dystopian half-time hitter ‘Mob Justice’ and was immediately signed exclusively to his label, Critical Music.

This year Critical Records reaches its 100th release in its 15th year, celebrating with the landmark album ‘Fifteen Years Of Underground Sonics’. Spanning the broad spectrum of drum & bass that the Critical sound represents, the exceptional ‘15’ album is as bold as it is beautiful and looks to serve the test of time in the D&B history books, check out the full compilation details here!

Critical are bringing an enormous squad to Nozstock Festival including a who’s who of label friends and affiliates in 15 Years of Critical Records feat. Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra & of course Foreign Concept – who is this weeks podcast!

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
The cessation of one record denotes the establishment of another

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Either Bou – Poison or Brockie & Ed Solo – Lost Bass (Serum Remix)

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
A healthy dash of the new, sprinkled with some classics. Pop that in the mix at 174bpm for 65 minutes and voila!

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Playing b2b with Enei at the Critical 15yrs party earlier this year was really fun

What have you got coming up?
Currently working on my next project for Critical Music which is something a bit different. Also trying to work on a tan

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Get yourself down to Nozstock… Hazard and Happy Mondays in the same field. What more could you want!

DJ Hybrid ft. Haribo – Raised in the jungle
Dlr & Quadrant – Ghostfish
Mark System – Break Glass
Bou & Telekom – Violet
Survival ft. Break – Catalyst
Need For Mirrors – Kids
Enei ft. DRS – The Process
Sabre & Ulterior Motive – Barefoot
Cutty Ranks & Marvellous Cain – The Hit Man (T>I remix)
Kumarachi – Lovebox Return
DJ SS – Rollidge
Break – Timeline
Impish – Can’t Feel
Document One – Uh-Huh
Foreign Concept & Halogenix – Waiheke Wine Club
Brockie & Ed Solo – Lost Bass (Serum Remix)
DJ Limited – Hit The Streets
Stranjah ft Tony Ranks – Don’t Talk
Fracture ft. Inaya Day – Cold & Rain
S.P.Y – Losin’ Sleep
Halogenix – Velvet
Marcus Intalex – Lowlife
Bou – Poison
Ulterior Motive ft. SPMC – The Wobbler
Foreign Concept – When You’re Alone (LSB Remix)
Benny L – Backlash
Sam Binga ft. Slick Don – Run The Dance (Enei remix)
Anile – Honour
Mark System – Obnox
Mefjus – Mirage
Tyke – Wrong Side Of A Class War

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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