2018 has been a colossal year for Cause4Concern – their stream of releases have been relentless, as they build a path to yet more success for the coming club season. The imprint has pushed through massively influential artists, although this can only be expected from a duo who have their own formative identities within the drum & bass world. The production group, having each honed their explosive talents individually, set up Cause4Concern to give the scene’s foundations a more elevated level, especially for those artists whose art falls on the darker side of the spectrum. This is something they’ve readily achieved throughout its exceptional rise to power and music released on Cause4Concern has been the pinnacle of many drum & bass sets across the globe.
The forthcoming single from Russian stalwart Tobax is no different. It’s another look into just how destructive Cause4Concern’s authority is amongst their undeniably huge roster of producers. Whether it’s Tobax or another musician who’s added their commanding sonics to the label’s back catalogue, the label has committed itself to only releasing the most cutting edge music.
The first part of Tobax’s new single is ‘Sacrifice’, featuring the vocal lyricism of Lifesize MC. He brings his cutting lyrics and undeterred battle cries through Tobax’s effortlessly complex layers of composition; it’s a track that begins with a bite, a stance it continues right through to its end. The mix becomes weightier as you’re taken along for the ride on top of a bassline that zips and distorts with each punching pad. The drums add a cutting edge which peaks through the record as it becomes more obtrusive once it’s detonated. ‘The Punishment’ is just as heavy in its breakdowns, with percussion that rattles along with its driving momentum. It’s impossible not to become fixated by the raw nerves created by each track offered up by Tobax. They command your full attention and this is certainly granted throughout their raucous energy.
Prepare to be locked into the world of Tobax. Another cog within the thriving Russian scene, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, whether that’s in the studio or behind the decks.
Aleksey Strokov know internationally as Tobax is a young high calibre Drum & Bass DJ and producer who’s latest releases have won the support and praise from the likes of Noisia, Black Sun Empire, Ed Rush, Phace, Mejfus and A.M.C. Having started his Drum & Bass career in the summer of 2010 under the name ‘Electronic Star’ Aleksey decided on the name Tobax later that year. His music favours the harder side of DnB whilst also incorporating aspects of atmospheric backdrops in his music. 2011 is where Tobax career began to gain serious momentum as he started publishing his music by working with a number of smaller labels. In May of the same year Tobax took to the stage in St Petersburg playing at ‘Griboedov’ where his mix was also featured on the radio and in 2013 Tobax released successful tracks under Fokuz and Citrus Recordings. The arrival of 2015 saw releases of his VIP version of ‘Mezzanine’ under Titan Records followed by his VIP version of ‘Lockdown’ which was released on the ‘5 Years of Titan Records Compilation, and it was these releases which gave him the launch pad for international bookings DJ’ing at nights across Europe such as the award winning ‘Double Trouble’ in Prague. Tobax is a DJ and Producer who pushes boundaries and in 2016 he teamed up with Prague based UK artist LifeSize MC to release ‘Extaziest/Golem’. Also collaborations with Disprove, Malux, Current Value. In 2017 Tobax released his remix of Fever originally by A.M.C and Turno which was featured in AMC’s set at Rampage 2017. Tobax also released his ‘Into The Darkness’ EP on Titan, with other releases coming in the shape of his remix of BTK & Optiv’s track Gateway. 2017 also saw Tobax perform all over Europe to include Let It Roll festival in the Czech Republic. Fast forward to 2018 and this has been the year of Tobax. In addition to a heavy schedule of gigs and Festivals to include Let It Roll once again Tobax has had releases on Eatbrain, Bad Taste and now Cause 4 Concern. It’s fair to say that Tobax is fast becoming a household name known for a sound which obliterates minds and dance floors alike.