The title track may come as a surprise to those who have followed Middleton throughout the years. Although he has flirted with many different sounds and styles over the years, he hasn't really dipped his toes in minimalism until now. Of course, this being Middleton, his approach is radically different to everyone else, as a heavy, timestretched bass soundtracks an insane frequency-shifting climax. "Hawke's Groove" sees the UK producer revert to his deep house type. Its bass is resonating and cloaked in an acidic undercurrent, while woozy chords bubble underneath the surface. But the most important aspect of this track is the fact that it's dedicated to the late, great Kenny Hawkes.
Next up on their Future Sound series, Hospital delve deep into the Netherlands regions. No mean feat; Holland is biting hard on the heels of the UK in terms of diversity, range and pure skill. So much so you could fill several albums with Dutch D&B and still not get bored. Rather than focus on the obvious (Noisia, Maduk, Icicle, Black Sun Empire) they've dug deeper for dark tech halftime hurtery (Proxima and Posij), pure hands-in-the-air euphoria (T & Sugah and NCT) spine-tingling sci-fi soul (Vandera remix of Tom Middleton's 2013 Anjundeep classic) and molten mechanic tech rollers (Arch Origin) Each cut perfectly chiselled, this is a great window into Holland's rich D&B bounty.