Hospital Records has done their best to nurture the talents of Oxford-born, Bristol-based producer Hugh Hardie. They began showcasing occasional tracks on compilations back in 2014, eventually releasing his fine debut EP, City Soul, last summer. This "softly, softly" approach seems to have paid off, because Colourspace, his first full-length excursion, is really rather impressive. Soulful, melodious and deliciously summery, it sees Hardie joining the dots between punchy old school jungle, classic liquid D&B, vintage High Contrast, Hospital label mates S.P.Y and, on the wonderful "Shades of Blue", the kind of experimental but attractive D&B/post dubstep fusion that's previously been a hallmark of Exit Recordings.
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