Shine On Through (feat Mountain & Karina Ramage) (4:11)
Kosa (feat Keeno) (5:58)
The Encounter (feat Bop) (5:40)
Miles Ahead (feat DJ Marky) (4:11)
Morning Sunrise (feat Danny Wheeler, G Force & Blu James) (4:55)
Tokyo '96 (feat SPY) (5:24)
Show Me How You Feel (feat Lorna King) (4:52)
Dive (feat Polaris) (5:42)
Liberta (feat Urbandawn) (4:34)
Living For (feat Paul T & Edward Oberon) (5:28)
Transparent (feat Whiney) (4:57)
Mystic Crystals (feat Technimatic) (5:16)
Nexus (feat Pola & Bryson) (4:13)
Merchant Blessing (feat MC Conrad) (4:31)
Review: Makato is often cited as one of the pioneering founders of Japan's drum & bass scene. He's now up to his sixth studio album and it finds his airy, rolling, sweet flowing beats all present and correct. "Tomodachi Sessions" derived from a series of collaborations with close friends who have all played a part in his 25 year career. DJ Marky, S.P.Y, Bop and MC Conrad all feature and lend their own personalities to an album that offers celebratory hands in the air tracks like "Shine On Through" next to more late night dancers like "Transparent" and melodic explorations like "Show Me How You Feel".
Review: Last year, D&B heavyweights Serum, Voltage and Bladerunner joined forces to deliver two rave inspired EPs of heavyweight club jams under the Kings Of The Rollers alias. Here the experienced trio offers up its eponymous debut album, an unashamedly heavyweight affair packed to the rafters with punchy rollers, mind-mangling tech-step tear-outs and gargantuan future D&B anthems. It's a little more varied than their DJ-friendly EPs, with the pandemonium-inducing smashers being joined by a variety of vocal numbers (see the Inja-sporting "M-O-V-E", grandiose "The Sky Is Falling" featuring Lydia Plain and thrillingly weighty MC Bassman hook-up "Rockers") and occasional forays into jazzier and more melodious territory. Yet for all the subtle variety and surprise diversions, it's the sheer club-ready heaviness of the whole thing that really sets the pulse racing.
You Might Not Get Another Chance (feat Pete Simpson) (6:25)
The Points (4:09)
Wind Of Change (feat Karina Ramage) (4:00)
I Don't Wanna Wake Up (feat Karina Ramage)
Sending Back Your Love (feat Pete Simpson)
Expand (feat A-Sides)
Salvation (feat DRS)
Too Late (feat Robert Manos)
You Might Not Get Another Chance (feat Pete Simpson)
Wind Of Change (feat Karina Ramage)
Review: When it comes to making soulful drum and bass and liquid funk, few are quite as good as Japanese D&B legend Makoto Shimizu. Given his status and track record, it's little surprise to find him finally popping up on Hospital Records - a label that seems a natural home for his particular brand of shimmering, summery breakbeat science. Salvation is his sixth solo studio album, and may well be his strongest to date. Packaged with guest appearances from a variety of like-minded producers and honey-throated vocalists - think DRS, Pete Simpson and Karina Ramage - the 14-track set is little less than a kaleidoscopic romp through soaring D&B, piano-laden liquid rollers, soul-soaked jungle and spacey, jazz-flecked dancefloor escapades.
Review: A long and productive affiliation with the Hospital Recordings operation has resulted in numerous albums and singles for Dan Gresham's Nu:Tone project and now in 2014 he's considered one of the label's stalwarts. A fourth Nu:Tone album reaffirms Gresham's status amongst the Hospital elite, with Future History a sublime trip through classic jungle vibes on this weighty 13 track set, assisted by some high profile guest spots. Logistics, Dynamite MC and Lea Lea all make notable appearances; though it's fair to say they are overshadowed by the presence of Dr. Octagon himself, Kool Keith! The slaloming breaks and deep bass of "Metaphor 6000" are the perfect backdrop to Kool Keith's rap.
High Contrast - "Wish You Were Here" (feat Selah Corbin - PSY remix)
Gridlock - "Here To Wherever"
Madeon - "Finale" (Netsky remix)
Maldini - "Party Time"
Nu Lpgic - "St Pauls"
Optiv & CZA - "In Too Deep"
Total Science - "Now As It Was Then"
Technimatic - "The Golden Section"
Review: The only bug you want to pick up this winter, Hospital's third Sick Music compendium is, quite possibly, the label's best one yet. Bulging with talent, you'll be hard pushed what to play first: Total Science's Orbitalesque "Now As It Was Then", Maldini's grunge-groove "Party Time", Netsky's technicolour flying groove carpet remix of Madeon or S.P.Y's absolutely monstrous rub High Contrast. The list goes on... This collection truly is sick.
Not Waving, But Drowning (feat Lung & Jessy Allen)
All There Is (feat Liane Carrol)
The Agony & The Ecstasy (feat Selah Corbin)
The Road Goes On Forever
Wish You Were Here (feat Selah Corbin)
Almost Human (feat Claire Maguire)
The Only Way There (feat Selah Corbin)
The First Note Is Silent (feat Tiesto & Underworld)
238 Days (feat Underworld)
Not Waving, But Drowning (feat Lung & Jessy Allen)
Father, Can't You See Im Burning?
All There Is (feat Liane Carrol)
Review: Welsh D&B producer High Contrast (or Lincoln Barrett to friends and fam) delivers The Agony & The Ecstasy, his fourth studio album for the evergreen Hospital Records imprint - and it's fair to say it's quite the epic. The name alone would hint so, but the album comes covered in some classic Caravaggio and this vinyl edition is pretty hefty, with eight of the twelve tracks granted a side each on the four slabs of wax housed in a gatefold sleeve (with the full album included on CD). Musically, this is described by Barrett himself as the most personal album to date, though there are still plenty of the producer's signature production nuances on display throughout as well as some deviations into interesting new rhythmic directions. There are also plenty of collaborations with the likes of Claire Maguire, Liane Carrol and Underworld contributing.
Review: Well, here it is, the collab album we've all been waiting for. Drum & bass brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics hit Hospital Records hard with an LP the scene has been crying out for since their first work together a decade ago. A killer combination of Logistic's pure breaks and Nu:Tone's ear for soulful samples, there was little doubt that this album was going to be a huge release for the label, and for Matt and Dan too. Opening with the beautiful haze of lead single "Morning Light", the release heads down different courses to reach various points in the D&B spectrum. The sunshine in "Brown Shoes" is hard to ignore, and interludes like "Escape Pod" are sci-fi journeys into the unknown, an interlude to cast the hard-hitting drama of their follow-up tracks into sharp focus. This is an album as we know and miss them - a piece of work intended to be listened to in one greedy sitting. So find a quiet corner and put those cans on.
Review: Having dabbled with the NHS crew since 2010, dubstep-don-turned-junglist Reso made his exclusive pact with Hospital official last year. This development is now compounded with his second album Ricochet; a chop-slapping experience that explores the darker, most turbo-charged areas of breakbeats. Each cut here is primed for the floor in a way that he's only teased us with previously. Highlights include the early Virus-style iciness of cuts like "Callisto" and "Move It", Vision-style gruntiness and grit such as "The Blob" and timeless Goodlooking era rollers like "Echo Loss". A homage to all shades and chapters of jungle, Reso's taken us back to his influential roots to show us his future... And it's a bright one.
Review: In recent years we've seen UK drum and bass producer Lynx surface on labels like Samurai Red Seal, Warm Communications and RAM Records, and now he returns to Hospital following his label debut Where Are You? It provides Steve Nobes with his third studio album and he brings with it collaborations with Master X, Malibu, Zero One and Marcus Intalex. The latter helps provide an album highlight in "Ghost Rider" with cut up scat vocals sounding like they've been sampled from a Fat Boy Slim production, while the undulating throb and forward pulse of "Clap Trap" builds and drops for a full peak time experience. There's some gnarly rap, ragga and dubstep influences in "Drop That" while for something a little more liquid (and euphoric) check out "Chord Time" - a track which really captures the drum and bass vibe of Hospital.
Review: We've been waiting on this one for four years.... Hospital bossman Tony London Elektricity Coleman doesn't release music anywhere near as much as we'd like him to these days but, when he does, it's essential listening. His sixth artist album, Are We There Yet sees LE taking us back to the Hospital foundations as he eschews the larger, cinematic dramatics for deeper, soulful songs; Emer Dineen's vocals tremble delicately over sparse plucked bass and piano flurries on "Phase Us", Pete Simpson plays the consummate jazzman over whistling amens and vibrant keys on "Impossible To Say" while "Drop Ship" reminds us of Coleman's ability to go gully at the flick of a switch and "Tone Poem" is an instant flashback to the early 2000s when Hospital really started denting the scene with pneumatic tools that doctors and surgeons shouldn't really have access to. These are just four of the 14 highlights.... London Elekricity has returned to form right here.
Review: The wait is finally over! Hospital heroes Fred V & Grafix unleash their highly anticipated debut album. Has the wait been worth it? 100 per cent... Loaded with vibrant melodies, dynamite dynamics and perfectly executed vocals, it carries the perfect amount of clout for both dancefloors and headphones alike. Highlights include the shimmering twinkles and elastic bass of "Maverick Souls", the pummeling drums and timeless rave nuances of "Bladerunner" and the chart-destined arm-raiser "Catch My Breath". Yet another essential album from Hospital camp. Recognise!
Review: S.P.Y's last album, the Drum&BassArena Award winning What The Future Holds, was outstanding and surged him to the very top of the D&B table where he's always belonged. Topping that was always going to be a challenge, but naturally he's delivered... And he's done so by going back underground and reminding us of the very stark, dynamic techniques that made drum & bass what it is. From the icy sheet metal muscle and Charlemagne's arresting quintessential D&B vocals on the title track right through to the gritty evils of "Rise Again", S.P.Y's studio command is second to none. An impeccable sophomore that refuses to compromise.
Review: Hospital drop the second Sick Music comp upon their incredibly loyal fanbase and the good news is that it's a real stormer with a really tasty range of songs from the mega successful D&B label. Some highlights include Muffler's "Pinball Fantasies", which rocks an interesting glitchcore/Planet Mu-style lead melody, an unusual sound for a Hospital banger. Another surprise is the slinky, tech-inspired vocal tune "Turn Up The Music" by Camo and Krooked, a tune that craftily keeps the listener on tenterhooks as it threatens to spill out into complete mayhem. Every bit as strong as the first time around, this is yet another chance to gorge on 22 unmixed D&B future classics from Hospital. Sick indeed.
Review: Four years on from his second album, 2, Hospital's go-to Belgian bass connoisseur Netsky returns with his third long player, the cunningly-titled 3. Boris Daenen has the fine art of the album down to a tee and there is a real sense of occasion about this 11 track epic. Last year's festival favourite "Rio", the Digital Farm Animals-featuring, Brazilian DNB-style is a fine example of the Netksy sound right now and it features prominently here, a beacon to coax people in and experience the further delights of 3 with Chromeo and Emeli Sande also among the cast of contributing names. 3 is energetic, brash, a reflection of its producer's discography, and yet something new entirely simultaneously.
Take Me To Another World (feat Stella Attar) (4:10)
Tell Me True (4:52)
Electric Sun (feat Sherry Davis) (4:06)
Deep Breath (4:24)
After Dark (5:06)
Highway 1 (4:42)
Still Life (feat Holly Drummond) (4:16)
Review: Few D&B artists have delivered seven albums in 10 years at the high level of creativity as Logistics. Few D&B artists have delivered seven albums full stop. But this is the prolific magic of Matt Gresham, a man whose passion for melody, soul, grit and authenticity are balanced in such a way he consistently smashes it with every construction. Take the rattling jungle amens and choral soaring of "Icarus" or the weighty halfstep and Flume-style vocal trippiness of "Fight 4 U" or the hazy sunrise glimmers of the title track.... Each cut expressing weight, musicality, heaps of space and a range that's at once broad and highly defined. Impressive.
Review: Logistics is back! More or less absent in a solo capacity since dropping the 2012 anthem Fear Not, Matt Gresham delivers Polyphony his sixth Logistics album in as many years for Hospital Records. Long term fans of both Logistics and Hospital will immediately resonate with the 13 tracks here with Gresham signalling a return to the vivid, life affirming brand of drum and bass that helped establish the classic Hospital sound. Uplifting piano chords, euphoric basslines and sublime vocal chops abound on Polyphony with a raft of collaborators including new names such as Hugh Hardie and Maduk as well as veteran producer Sonic and Gresham's brother Dan Nu Tone.
Review: The moment the quintessential rave synths, rolling breaks and cooing female vocals on album opener "North Winds" hit you, you know Krakota's put together something special. Coming on strong like a young Logistics but with his own soul-flecked signature, Krakota has weight, a strong sense of history and scope. The footwork beats and New York sounding synths on "Turn Of Fate", the big band flourishes of "Powder Coated", the writhing jazz snakery of "Elastic" the horror movie spikes and MC venom of "Weirdos & Creepers". Pick a track, any track, and we guarantee Krakota's smashed it. Hospital don't mess around with artist albums... Here's a perfect reminder why.
Dip Vertigo & Dr Apollo - "Red" (feat Josh Phillips) (4:47)
Walk:r - "Solis" (5:32)
Review: Three words: "Police In Helicopter"... One of the biggest dubplates last year is finally here, and it's joined by 24 other exceptional bangers as the Hozzy team roll out another absurd stack of "Sick" freshness from across the board. Genuinely on point tune for tune highlights include Pete Cannon's outstanding drumfunk lash out "Ella", Flava D's first D&B tune (the breath taking "Return To Me"), a bone shaking duet from the next gen gems Unglued and Bou ("Ascendant Man"), both Fred V & Grafix's first solo tunes since they split and an absolute neck breaking gully snapper from Lakeway in the form of "War Dub". And that's just scratching the surface, this is a humungous V/A album and it's here in all its glory on vinyl. Hot enough to burn down a cane field or two...