Review: Fred V and Grafix continue their seemingly never-ending run of form for the Hospital crew, and they don't even need to release full EPs to get people's attention these days; a simple, one-track monster is all that's needed to satisfy the eager masses. Travelling at a tempo that seems to balance between r&b and dubstep, these two know the right formula to success, and its clear that "Sugar" is one track that's intended to attract the lovers. What we love about it are those crescendos that continue to tease throughout the tune; when you think a massive baseline and a fast rhythm is going to drop, the duo somehow manages to pull it back to a sexy, seductive pop vibe that we're digging big time. Yes.
Together Weare Lost (feat Franko Fraize & Tone) - (4:38) 174 BPM
Electrify (feat Amy J Pryce) - (4:55) 174 BPM
One Of A Kind (feat Tudor) - (3:57) 174 BPM
Our Story (feat Kele) - (5:06) 174 BPM
Living In The Past (feat Dials) - (5:43) 174 BPM
Review: Less than two years have passed since Recognise and Hospital's young duo Fred V & Grafix return with another musical mission. Deeper, more song-based and organic than before, the duo have really found a signature. From the introductive balladry of opener "Ignite" to the darker bass and guitar glitches of "Stay Here" by way of the rainbow sing-along stepper "Ultraviolet", the Flumist piano-tickling title track and sunset dynamics of the Kele-fronted "Our Story", this the sound of a drum & bass act relishing in songcraft with class.
Review: Released earlier this year, Fred V & Grafix's Recognise album established the West Country duo's skills and abilities on a whole new level (Grafix even sings on one of the tracks) Now for the obligatory remix album... And with such solid source material, each producer has delivered something pretty special. Highlights include Hugh Hardie's bright and breezy rolling take on "Let Your Guard Down", Frederic Robinson's incredible shake-up of "Major Happy" (quite possibly one of the biggest switch-flippers in the whole project), Chords' electrically charged rebuild of "Hydra" and Urbandawn's emotive re-positioning of "Clouds Cross Skies". A beautiful lighter-thruster of such extreme proportions, you're almost convinced to start smoking. Recognise!
Review: The wait is finally over! Hospital heroes Fred V & Grafix unleash their highly anticipated debut album. Has the wait been worth it? 100 per cent... Loaded with vibrant melodies, dynamite dynamics and perfectly executed vocals, it carries the perfect amount of clout for both dancefloors and headphones alike. Highlights include the shimmering twinkles and elastic bass of "Maverick Souls", the pummeling drums and timeless rave nuances of "Bladerunner" and the chart-destined arm-raiser "Catch My Breath". Yet another essential album from Hospital camp. Recognise!
Review: From seminal YouTube damage to worldwide events and all sorts more, UKF continues to spin its own distinctive low-end yarn. Having made its presence known beyond the dubstep and drum & bass worlds in the last year or so, Bass Culture 3 acts as a pivotal release and shows the channel is far from genre-specific. Amidst the massive bangers that the brand is known for - TC - "Get Down Low", Must Die & Mantis - "Culture", Mob Tactics - "The Answer" - there are plenty of other corners explored, too. From the 808 allure of Buku's "No One Does" to the angular jacking of Three Bar's "Everybody" via My Nu Leng's unavoidable "Masterplan", this album represents some of the most exciting examples of bass behaviour in all styles of electronic music.
Review: Drum & Bass Arena has ruled on high for nearly 20 years, and in that time has helped to forge the careers of every drum & bass artist worth their salt. It's impossible to downplay the influence the site has had on the scene, as a club brand and an online resource, and this year their official compilation is a doozie. Featuring some of the largest tracks around right now from Friction & Skream, J Majik & Wickaman, DJ Hazard, Rene LaVice, Calyx & TeeBee, Original Sin and Optiv & BTK as well as bangers from fresh artists like Heist, Zen & Nitri, this is an essential purchase for any D&B fan. Focussing on the heavier end of the spectrum this 35 track behemoth is basically your 2013 compendium of bass. Don't leave home without it.
Review: Exclusive overload: while some labels like to solely wrap up their existing content into a compilation, Hospital request freshness from their troops. In amongst the 60 tracks on offer (yeah, 60!) there are no less than 25 brand new cuts previously unavailable until now. From the breathy, horizon-glaring bliss of Fred V & Grafix's "Constellations" to High Contrast's first original in well over a year "Calling My Name" by way of Krakota's pulsating gully stepper "Lust Thrust" and Ulterior Motive's darkside creeper "Oddness". This is - without question - one of the biggest, most bountiful Hospitality albums so far. And let's face it, they're always pretty special anyway.
Review: Following their Fast Soul and Fast Jungle compendiums, Hospital plunder their vaults for the darkest, most physical rave sounds in their repertoire. The result is a 46-strong collection of heads-down, dark room tracks designed solely for those 3am moments when the lights are either blue, green or not on at all and someone's busted the smoke machine button so it's set on permanent blast. Going right back to the early zeroes with tracks such as Photek's remix of London Elekricity and High Contrast's "Yesterday's Colours" the collection is a reminder of how vast Hospital's sounds and artist roster is. From Dub Phizix's remix of Netsky to a rare D&B outing from DJ Madd plus Enei, Commix, Stray and many more, this is the best collection in Hospital's fast serious so far.
Various - "Hospital/We Are 18" (Mixed By Tomahawk) - (1:12:45) 175 BPM
Review: 18 years ago, Hospital Records launched with a deep and jazzy D&B 12" from the Peter Nice Trio, whose members included London Elektricity founders Chris Goss and Tony Colman. Nearly two decades on, Hospital is one of the biggest brands in electronic music, having cornered the market in funky, soulful, accessible, party-hearty "festival D&B". To celebrate their achievements, they've put together an impressively expansive compilation. There are new and previously unreleased tracks from the label's growing roster of artists - think Nu:Tone, High Contrast, Camo & Crooked, Netsky and Logistics - plus a thrill-a-minute bonus mix from Tomahawk. Covering most of the junglist spectrum whilst remaining unflinchingly melodic, it's a fitting celebration.
Various - "Hospital Mixtape: Fred V & Grafix" (continuous mix) - (1:04:04) 175 BPM
Review: It must be summer! Hospital Records get the British heatwave season cracking with a brand new whopper-length mixtape, this time from the label's own Fred V & Grafix. The sheer number of quality names clambering all over this tracklist gives the release some weight even before it begins, but then again it's hard to see people like S.P.Y, Lynx, Ivy Lab, Urbandawn, Etherwood, Bungle and Cynatific without getting a touch of the vapours. Look out also for the stunning Logistics remix of Andreya Triana's "Lullaby".