Recently celebrating 25 incredible years at the very top of the always-ascending drum & bass mountain, Hospital Records was formed in 1996 by long-term friends Tony Colman & Chris Goss, developing into one of the most iconic labels in drum & bass, and the wider electronic spectrum as a whole. World-renowned and with a mammoth cultural influence across the globe, the Hospital family spin webs of luxurious liquid gold from their homebase of South London, as well as anthemic dancefloor piledrivers and just about every other string of DnB you can think of - they really do it all, and they do it with aplomb. With one of the widest rosters in the industry that includes classic names like Netsky, Danny Byrd, High Contrast, Nu:Tone, Etherwood, Logistics, S.P.Y, Fred V, Grafix and boss London Elektricity, combined with nu-age talent Kings Of The Rollers, Whiney, Unglued, Makoto, Urbandawn, Keeno, Inja, Hugh Hardie, Degs, Metrik and many more, Hospital are home to a truly stunning array of once-in-a-lifetime talent. Put that alongside their concentration on synch, famed Hospitality festivals & club nights and their ‘Songs In The Key Of Knife’ publishing arm, and you can just begin to visualise how much of an industry giant Hospital Records really are. The scene wouldn’t be the same without them, and their success and ambition is truly unprecedented.
Review: Still in the midst of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Hospital rev the engine up to 88 and take a peak into tomorrow's world and its promising talents for another 'Future Symptoms' VA. Like the previous EP, it's another exciting collection as Lally and Aaliyah Esprit open the EP with the smouldering soul vibes of 'Hustlin'' before Stay-C makes her debut with the gulliest of statements 'Russian Doll'. Elsewhere the unavoidable Disrupta continues to push his sound in all the best directions with the house-flavoured bubbles of 'Like The Sun' and classically trained pianist imo-lu recalls memories of a young Keeno with the graceful finale 'Circle'. The future's bright.
Review: Remix alert! Voltage's massive 2020 album enjoys a few cheeky re-rubs from his nearest and dearest. First up comes fellow roller king Serum with a restrained twist on 'Natty Love' before man of the moment Waeys flips 'Life Of A DJ' into a moustache-twisting mash-up. Deeper again into this remix opus we hit Voltage's partner in crime Harriet Jaxxon who absolutely destroys 'Save Me From Myself' before ol' bumchin steps in himself for the final reboot with a VIP of 'Endless Dreaming'. A very well balanced EP.
Review: Here's an interesting twist... 10 years after the release of his fifth studio album 'Yikes', Hospital co-head honcho Tony London Elektricity Colman returns to the album and gives it a brand new twist. New mixdowns, new arrangements, new versions; 'Crikey' brings us up to date with a really fresh take on some of his biggest tracks of the early 2010s. The additional piano rave bliss on the title track, the now beatless 'Invisible Worlds' and the warmer finish on 'Had A Little Fight' are just three examples of the twists and tweaks London Elektricity has made on this great update.
Review: Last spotted learning to fly, Hugh Hardie touches down once again with more new material: 'Dream In Green', another four track delight on Hospital. 'No Compromise' takes the lead and hits with a vibe that's reminiscent of early Nu:Tone. It's in good company as three more double-H nuggets bounce our way... 'Dream In Green' is stunning sunset soul with filters and strings in all the right places, 'Overture' brings a little jazz into the mix while d.e.o.n lays down introspective lyrical gold while 'Repeater' closes the show on steppy, switchy juke vibe that's not dissimilar to Sinistarr or Thys. Dream big.
Review: Released in 1999 by Lenny Fontana, remixed by Nu:Tone in 2005; 'Spread Love' is an absolute anthem in both house and liquid circles and has been a standard ever since. Now it's story continues into the new decade as Makoto and Pete Simpson cover it with total respect and charm. Still like sticking your head in the middle of gospel choir, still one of the most positive tunes you could ever play, this special cover to mark Hospital's 25th anniversary is faithful in every way. Comes complete with a rough and ready amen slap-about 'Contact'. Spread the word.
Review: 25 years! The big H celebrate a quarter of a century in the drum & bass game with this phenomenal collection of remixes, reboots and revisitations by some exceptional names from firing new talent to the sagest of OGs. From Dillinja's remix of Urbandawn's 'Come Together' to Makoto's flip on Nu:Tone's classic remix of Lenny Fontana's 'Spread Love' via L-Side's immense remix of B-Complex's 'Beautiful Lies' and A.Fruit's dusty jazz take on the early 2000s 'Beautiful' from Phuturistix, the whole Hospital rave rainbow is covered by one of the best talent line-ups outside of their festivals. Whiney to Winslow, Remarc to Ray Keith, this is a fantastic document that reflects both Hospital and drum & bass on the widest possible level. Happy anniversary!
Review: Celebrating 25 years in the game, Hospital unleash a brand-new concept: 'Future Symptoms'. Echoing similar symptoms to their late great Med School label, the focus is on the sound of tomorrow and headliners in waiting. On this inaugural volume we're soothed by Winslow's powerful soul on 'Amore', we're slapped into shape by the crucial drum work, sudden switches and sweet vocals on Mozey's 'Sometimes' (with Shady Novelle) and taken off to far-off lands on the dreamy junglised excursion 'The Maker' by Villem & Alpha Rhythm. The final cherry on the cake is Zeitgeist and Nia Archives' 'Move On'. Pure soul with a strong sense of Brazilian magic to it, it leaves us wanting more... Bring on Future Symptoms Vol 2!
Review: Following his beautiful collab EP with Soundwave last year, Russian donnie Bop returns to Hospital with a very special EP: 'Perehod'. Flexing his non dnb muscles across five tracks, here Bop takes us to a whole range of delicious places from the 155BPM cosmic breakbeat dreamweaving of 'Hiding' to the silky smooth dubby UKG 'Beach Simulator 3D' by way of the crucial dungeon-bounced dubsteppery that is 'Skolzkaya Dorozhka'. All this and plenty more; we'll go as far as saying that this is one of Bop's finest releases to date!
Review: One of Hospital Records' most renowned liquid craftsman is back. Nu:Tone has been a foundational artist on the label, releasing his first album in 2005 and following it up with four more seminal LPs. Little Spaces is arriving after a long break of 7 years, and we're ecstatic to see him return in such good form. It's an album that stays true to the Nu:Tone and Hospital traditions of bubbly, feel-good music and this entire piece of work ripples with the sort of good vibes that we all need right now. 'Souled Out' is a perfect example, a nonchalant track grounded with a simple four-note melody that slowly progresses amidst luscious guitar flicks and deft rhodes riffs. 'Girl On A Bike' is more stepping funk, and the album weaves through vocal features from DJ Rae, Ed Scissor, Lalin St. Juste and Lea Lea. An absolutely gorgeous piece of work.
Review: Hugeness on hugeness; as if Camo & Krooked and Mefjus's game-changing 'No Tomorrow' could possibly pack more of a punch, now come the versions. First is a bombastic rendition from the Red Bull Symphonic Orchestra who take the track to the most dramatic places it could possibly be. Then we have the case of Tom Finster. A very exciting name emerging in bass music right now, here the Frenchman surges and slides between halftime and drum & bass with sweeping emotional rushes and textures. Absolutely immense.
Review: Hospital Records' most talented liquid producer is back on the label with his latest exercise in deft touches and soft strokes, as Mitekiss stretches his legs out across four utterly sublime cuts. The title - Night Bus Stories - evokes imagery of melancholic early mornings gazing out the window at the city beyond, and it perfectly aligns with the aesthetics of this EP. 'City Angels' is our highlight, as as Milo Merah and RSWT cover both bases of soulful melancholia and urban spoken word, the vocal element to an instrumental that's luxurious in its depth and and nonchalant in its sophistication. 'Rain (Falling Down) is even more stripped back in its approach to liquid, 'N68' is, we assume, Mitekiss' local night bus and its represented by devilish bass notes and fractious breaks. It rounds up on the eccentricity of 'Ring Alarms' feat. Javeon, and will leave you feeling all wistful, warm and squishy inside. Beautiful.
Review: Every day he's bubbling; Whiney loads up another EP in his awesome series. 'Headlines' takes the lead with Subten guiding us through the shadows riding smoothly over a classic Whiney heads-down bassline. Elsewhere Whiney shows off his deeper side as 'Freedom' brings a rush of emotion to our lockdown ravaged souls with its lush chord progression and scorching bassline, 'Mirage' beguiles us with poignant jazzy flourishes and 'Yesterday' brings the EP to a beautiful twinkling close. We're bubbling over right here.
Review: Keeno is back on the album trail. Following the closure of Med School earlier this year, the Bristol-based producer has migrated over to the main label and this, his fourth album, continues his unique, orchestra-inflected sound. It's a style that he manages to keep fresh, and I Live, I Learn blends vocal smoothers with deeper, more melancholic jungle cuts. 'Antiphony' is a peachy example of the latter, with deft piano touches forming a rippling main melody that's perfectly balanced on a bed of crisp, cutting break beats and gentle basslines. Telomic features on the other standout, 'Listen Close', probably the deepest tune on the album and one which builds from an atmospheric introduction into a cracking set of drums and effervescent low frequency wobbles, a pensive combination that lends itself well to any DJ set. Big ups Will.
Review: When Fred V split off from Grafix a year or so ago, we were all concerned that it might mean less music from the young producer. Fortunately no such drop off has occurred, and Fred has flourished under his new solo project and this single is the latest installment in that journey. It's a two-tracker in the Hospital tradition, and it's one which also resonates deeply with all of those over the years who became familiar with Fred's penchant for touching melodies, highly strung vocal notes and sweeping soulful ambience. The B-side, 'Atmosphere', is the pick of the bunch and vocalist Lottie Jones lends her warm, dulcet tones to Fred's floating, celestial instrumental that balances perfectly upon clouds of synthetic funk and spacey melodic work. Lovely stuff.
Review: Whiney has been specialising in bubbly beats for the last few months and part two of his Bubblers EP series keeps that flag raised high. The winds are strong but the beats here are stronger, as all four tracks land with a mixture of urban-edged funk and precisely engineered dancefloor force. 'Deep End' feat. Ben Verse smacks of the techy end of the scene, with widely regarded MC Ben Verse as the vocal feature to accompany its wobbling bassline, a choppy affair that injects a load of funk. 'Caught Up' is stepping in its percussion, whilst 'Old Flame' takes a pop vocal and flips it with aplomb. Parly B features on 'Roll Out' to top things off - big release.
Review: 2020 may well be the worst year we've all experienced so far, but when gems like this land, you know it's not a total wipe-out. Not just any old new Netsky album, 'Second Nature' is the sound of Netsky returning to drum & bass. Delivered on his old stomping ground Hospital, it's the LP many have wanted to hear since his album 'II' back in 2012. What's more, he's delivered. Running the complete dnb spectrum, one moment he's cooking up savage funk with Urbandawn ('Power'), the next he's wooing us with solid gold soul ('Everybody Loves The Sunshine'), the next he's going back to that seminal era of early 2000s sample-slapping liquid ('I Choose You') while the next he's going all hardcore with Darren Styles on neon fast lane jammer 'Look At Me Go'. Complete with major league collaborations with the likes of Rudimental, Sub Focus and Hybrid Minds, Netsky has gone beyond expectations here.
Review: It's hard to believe that Hospital Records have reached the 400th release milestone. It's an unbelievable achievement and one that reflects their dominance over drum & bass for the best part of three decades. NHS400 is a collaborative release featuring joint production from a slew of the label's most consistent producers, including new boys on the block BOP X Subwave and old hands like S.P.Y and label founder London Elek. It's Keeno and Polaris, however, that really nail things to the wall with 'Leviathan', a huge track that lays pounding basslines beneath eerie, choral vocals to create a mash up between dancefloor flavour and the orchestral sounds Keeno is so known for. Whiney and Mitekiss team up alongside Ruth Royall to produce a liquid masterclass, whilst the synthy, upbeat tones of Fred V and Logistics sound as fresh as ever. Superb.
Review: Hugh Hardie is back and Hospital's premier soul merchant is doing what he does best - rolling down the windows and rolling out the funk. 'Said & Done' features DJ Marky, a natural partnership for Hugh, and the pair have excelled together, as sumptuous piano notes pepper the ground alongside its diving sub and smooth vocal, courtesy of Cimone. The other track which really stands out is 'Darjeeling', which samples traditional Indian sounds that gentle coalesce into a warm, deep concoction that would serve your living room and the dance floor equally well. Welcome back Hugh - you've still got it.