Review: Drum and bass legends A Sides team up with fellow wizard Makoto, who is Japan's number one producer when it comes to glitchy breaks and furious low-ends. Their collaboration comes through courtesy of the newly found Eastern Elements label, and features fifteen cuts; there's pure deepness, such as on "Uplifter", more head-nodding bassline business on "Articulate", nasty neurofunk antics via "Breathe", and even a tropical DJ Marky remix, to boot. Large.
Review: Marky and Makoto made this almost 10 years ago. Naturally it still stands up to today's production standards with ease as the rolling breaks, a sumptuous string and horn sample and juicy bass undulations fuse to create the epitome of a soulful roller. If this isn't in your collection yet, now is most certainly the time to jump on it. Lovely.
Review: His last album Salvation seems like it landed only yesterday - it's actually been exactly two years. And during this time he's been neck deep in collaborations for this remarkable follow-up. Each track a creation with a kindred spirits. Key Hospital faces include Degs, Bop, Urbandawn, Whiney, S.P.Y, fellow souls on other label orbits such as Pola & Bryson, Technimatic, DJ Marky and old friends (Danny Wheeler, MC Conrad) The result brings out the best of all Makoto's sides and styles from hazy disco ("Miles Ahead" with Marky) dreamy cosmic funk ("Dive" with Polaris) and total soul bliss ("Merchant Blessing" with Conrad) And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I Don't Wanna Wake Up (feat Karina Ramage) - (4:13) 174 BPM
Sending Back Your Love (feat Pete Simpson) - (4:24) 174 BPM
Expand (feat A-Sides) - (4:15) 174 BPM
Salvation (feat DRS) - (4:08) 174 BPM
Primitive Galaxy - (3:48) 174 BPM
Amber's Song - (4:24) 174 BPM
Too Late (feat Robert Manos) - (4:16) 174 BPM
Desert Night - (6:04) 174 BPM
Silver Lining - (3:55) 174 BPM
Fancy Free - (4:35) 172 BPM
You Might Not Get Another Chance (feat Pete Simpson) - (6:29) 174 BPM
The Points - (4:14) 174 BPM
Wind Of Change (feat Karina Ramage) - (4:06) 174 BPM
Review: Japan's leading drum & bass ambassador Makoto shocked the world earlier this year with the surprise announcement he'd signed to Hospital. Then boom; before we know it, we're dealing with a whole album. His fifth so far, it's every bit as lavish and vibrant as you'd expect. From the soul searching vocal hurricane of Karina Ramage on "I Don't Wanna Wake Up" to the immense soul of the DRS-fronted title track via the epic ravey uplift of "Amber's Song" and the heads-down story-telling funk of "Fancy Free", there's a great balance of dancefloor edge and timeless songwriting running throughout as Makoto reminds us just how entrenched he is in drum & bass culture.
Review: Two veritable influencers of yore join forces to create two ultimately ageless soul-flecked rollers. "Midnight Hour" is constructed around a lavish string sample that nods sweetly at the early 2000s liquid sound while "Sunshine" takes us deeper into the night with a searing electrified bassline and another perfectly crafted orchestrated sample.
Review: Tis the season! Hospital get into the festival spirit with these three special gems from some of their nearest and dearest. Makoto follows up his album with another collabo stunner, this time with old friend Robert Manos; "Invisible" is a timeless piece of soul with big breezy pads, lilting chords, stand-up bass and beautiful vocals. It's backed by two long-awaited VIPs from two 2016 Hozzy bangers; Keeno's piano-charged heart-stopper "Futurism" gets a new barbed edge while Polaris's VIP of "The Light In Your Eyes" ensures the future sound of Canada remains very much in the future. See you on the other side.
Review: Double trouble: Riya's critically received debut album from summer 2015 enjoys a deluxe twist with double the amount of tracks on. As well as the album itself there are 13 fresh cuts including new originals such as the Gill Scott-style street soul pieces with Maverick Soul "Bittersweet" and "We Belong", the perfect piano-powered gospel roller "Everything" and the grizzly, groaning techy roller "Silhouette". Killer new remixes such as Pola & Bryson's subby switch of "Lost Friends", Break's spotless drums on "Confessions" xxx . Plus a few floor-melting VIPs: the relentless bass pump of "Fear Bites" and the cosmic touches to "Wears Me Down". Deluxe and demonstrative - this is a great addition to an already remarkable album.