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.

Recent Addition


Submorphics (Greg Axelrad) has made his name with soul-drenched, deep, emotive, nostalgic yet forward-thinking music. Drawing on eclectic influences from his formative years in Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco, Submorphics' productions have graced iconic Drum & Bass labels like Hospital, Shogun and Metalheadz, displaying a fine-tuned signature sound developed over the last decade. Whether he's chopping up vintage samples or playing all the music himself, his distinct feel for tone and melody have earned him admiration from fans, DJs and music lovers alike.

In recent years, his DJing schedule has increased in Europe and North America, seeing him showcase a heavy and dancefloor friendly soul sound, whilst also drawing the dots between disparate styles of the very best in Drum & Bass.

With his highly acclaimed, 7 track multi-genre 'Detroit Haze' EP out now on Lenzman's North Quarter label, 2018 and beyond is looking to be an exciting time for this unique talent.

Icicle 'Deep Dreaming' EP

June 15, 2018
Icicle's 'Deep Dreaming' EP is out today! Ice-cold tech funk of the highest calibre on show across the 4 tracks, that also feature the talents of...

Phace 'Between' LP

June 14, 2018
Phace has announced album number 5! 'Between' will be released on September 5th via Neosignal and will be preceded by 4 singles, the first of which...

Submorphics 'Ruby Falls'

June 13, 2018
A tasty freebie from Submorphics, available now via The North Quarter.

LSB 'Roots' EP

June 08, 2018
New from LSB, 'Roots' is the second release on his label footnotes. Grab your pre-order now!

S.P.Y 'Frequency' / 'Midnight Blue'

May 29, 2018
S.P.Y on a jungle flex for his latest single on Hospital...
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Featured Artist


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.

Sound Check


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!