Review: Hospital's force to be reckoned with has now been on the label for a couple of years and although he's losing his newcomer status, it's being replaced by a broadly recognised consistency in producing fire beats. His jungle heritage is audible in lots of his music and Total XTC is no different, with a title tune that shivers with rave vibes and shudders under the weight of its breaksy, junglist foundation. 'Got 2 Have' is a furious, impatient roller that ripples with low frequency funk, whilst Whiney and Truthos Mufasa step up on 'War Dance' to create a carnival anthem that is as choppy as it is heavy, Finally, 'Pigeon Funk' comes in last to arguably steal the show, an outrageously naughty tune that bounces over your head and spits down your neck on its way. Superb.
Review: Like some kind of Human Traffic soundtrack to 2020, Hospital's annual House Party VA has arrived. Fresh for a summer of social distancing, house parties and clandestine diversions, it's a soundtrack that will get any D&B head through the lockdown status, BBQs permitted. Top and tailed by the poppy, liquid, sample based and acoustic sessions of both Villem & Leo Wood's "We Had A Sing" and Whiney's "Better With You", find playful aggro in MC LowQui's "Middle Finger" to some hyper fresh material in Degs' "Pressure Cooker". Aggy half time once more in tracks like "Saturn's Strings" with gnarly basslines in Voltage's "The Prophet" and Logistic's "Playing With Fire" bringing the heat.
Review: Sticky times call for sticky beats. Not content with delivering one of the highlights on his mate Degs' album, gully boy wonder Unglued returns with another full-blast, wide-range EP. "Zen" counters the ruff with the buff as Cimone's soaring vocals are coupled with the smelliest bassline possible. Elsewhere "Algorithm" is a gritty techno-influenced thumper, "Mic Strangler" will be a highlight for many thanks to the t for tremendous skills of GQ and squidgy Zinc-style basslines by Gluey himself. Finally "Datafile" takes us deep into the rave with a savage array of breaks and layers on layers of darkness.
Deep, Dark & Dirty (feat Nelson Navarro) - (4:00) 172 BPM
No Escape - (4:52) 58 BPM
Tekapo - (5:35) 172 BPM
Original Selector - (3:46) 172 BPM
Review: Get of your phone stop keying that qwerty... One of the most hyped newcomers in D&B this year Unglued comes through with his biggest document to date so you better pay attention or at least get a little flirty. "Deep Dark & Dirty" is an MC fronted call to the dancefloor with a sleazy treacle b-line, "No Escape" takes us much deeper into the glue factory where the bones and melted down with uncut sub frequencies and concentrated gully, "Tekapo" is provides soulful contrast with a spacious arrangement and rushy pads while "Original Selector" closes on a badman block thwacking vibe that Yung Gluey is fast making his signature. Dutty.
Review: Mystery man of the moment Unglued follows up his en mass scene-supported "Bootstrap Bill" with his debut single proper for Hospital and he's clearly developing a signature, both in terms of fun track titles and, most importantly, a loose minimal funk that's loaded and coded with surprises and strange twists and turns along the way. "Chicken In A Spacesuit" brings the soaking wet farty bass textures to the fore while the (not so humorously titled) "Ghetto" brings a rougher techier edge to the vibe with crunchier drums and a sharper step momentum but the funk is still there in its distant rippling wah wahs. Another superbly sticky situation.