20 Years of Virus Recordings

It is no exaggeration to say that Drum & Bass as we know it today wouldnt be the same without the influence of Optical & his Virus Recordings label, that turns 20 this year. Responsible for some of the biggest tracks in Drum & Bass history, such as the seminal 'Wormhole' LP with Ed Rush, that also turns 20 this year, both he and the label have always strived To Shape the Future throughout their 20 year history.

On the production front Optical's collab single w/ Prolix is released on Virus at the end of February, and there's a '20 Years Virus' album from Optical scheduled for early summer.

Several Virus label nights and dj showcases have been lined up already at major events across Europe, so be sure to be a part of this milestone celebration. For all Optical & Virus branded booking enquiries, please contact us to discuss.

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Optical is the pseudonym of Matt Quinn, a renowned drum and bass producer and DJ from England. He is best known for his work with Ed Rush, fellow head of the Virus Recordings label, and as a pioneer of the techstep and neurofunk sound. His first single for Metalheadz, 'To Shape the Future'/'Raging Calm' (1997) and his collaborative material with Ed Rush, such as the Wormhole album (1998), were archetypal developments in the style. 

He can perhaps qualify as one of the most underrated musicians of the modern era. His mind has crafted sounds which were never before heard, moods which were completely original, and his vision of the future, although ultimately dark and disjointed, is beautifully vivid and addictive. It’s a world he pulls you into with each and every track and only a handful of artists can begin to dream of being this successful in their work.

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Not content with rocking stages alongside partner in crime Dub Phizix, Strategy has been hard at work in the studio over the past few months, and the first fruits of his labour are available now in the shape of the 'Lanterns' EP on Exit Records.

5 cuts of forward thinking bass music, including title track 'Lanterns' that has been battered on dub by the Exit crew and their affiliates, the EP draws its influence from Drum & Bass, Grime, Hip-Hop, Dubstep and more, and it is proof of Strats' diversity as a performer and artist across all aspects of contemporary electronic music.

With a plenty of other original material in the pipeline, we are pleased to now be able to offer Strategy DJ sets, and as part of the EP release he swung by the DJ Mag offices for one of their live sessions - check that out below.

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Rockwell has dropped a fresh, and very rare, studio mix. Covering all the drum & basses, it's a pretty good snapshot of where he is (and always has been) as a DJ - eclectic, boundary pushing and ahead of the curve but still with the funk and bass weight to rock any dancefloor..check it out here!