Drum and bass heavyweights Black Sun Empire announced the launch of their new label, BLACKOUT music nl. The first release on the imprint will be the highly anticipated EP by Optiv & BTK, “Bad Attitude,” which will be out on May 13 (Beatport Exclusive).

The globally-respected drum and bass collective trio have been true innovators in electronic music for more than a decade. “We, Black Sun Empire, want to build a stronger brand for BLACKOUT by expanding the events we are already setting up around the world and combining it with our years of experience with running successful labels. We think it is important to let the two grow together, under one name, pushing the sound and artists we feel are sometimes undervalued. By joining forces with artists we believe in, and by giving our fans (who live all around the globe) a common platform to stay informed and keep in touch, we hope to build a home for all who, like us, have a strong love for this kind of drum and bass: energy-driven, hard, melodic and a little crazy,” explain label bosses Milan Heyboer, Micha Heyboer and Rene Verdult.

Over the last year, the duo known as Optiv & BTK have dominated the drum & bass scene with their unrelenting output of high-quality, strictly-for-the-dance-floor releases and worldwide DJ sets. Optiv (from the UK) and BTK (from Brazil) joined forces in their new hometown of Bern, Switzerland after meeting up at various drum and bass events in the area. Once inside the studio, the collaborative vibe and rapid results made it clear that consequences would never be the same. “Bad Attitude’ will be released worldwide on May 13 (Beatport Exclusive).