After the huge impact of his debut LP “What The Future Holds” in 2012, S.P.Y goes “Back To Basics” and takes us deeper, darker and further underground with his new LP. We spoke to him to find out a little bit more about the inspiration behind some of the tracks on the album.
Cold Harsh Air
Cold Harsh Air is a collaboration with Total Science and Grimm. We got inspired to write this track because it was really cold in London at the time and we wanted to do something that was musical but not necessarily a summer track. We combined a light, musical melody with the deep rolling baseline to give the track depth, then passed it over to Grimm in Canada to add the vocals.
I wrote the first idea for this track whilst in Brooklyn, New York in 2012 and the track actually started with a beat inspired by a mix of breakdance and Afrika Bambaataa. I rediscovered the track on a hard drive late last year and redeveloped it into a drum and bass track, whilst still keeping the break style. I really enjoy playing this track on tour to mix up my sets and give the crowd something different.
I wrote this track after a long day of getting my fingers dusty crate digging in a record shop in North London. After I got home I listened to some of the records and began to get really inspired. For the edge that I wanted to give to the track the only vocalist that came to mind was Dianne, her voice is beautiful yet deep at the same time. As I’ve done for the whole album, I’ve tried to keep all of the tracks with an oldskool late 90′s vibe.
All these tracks are available for free when you pre-order S.P.Y’s album from iTunes. Alternatively, all pre-orders of the LP and CD from the Hospital Shop come signed by the man himself!
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Don’t forget to head to your nearest (or not so nearest!) record store on Saturday 19th April for Record Store Day 2014! To mark the occasion, Hospital have created a special Classic Symptom available exclusively in real shops on the day.
NHS250 is a re-press of two classics – Influx UK’s remix of Music Is Everything by High Contrast backed with everyone’s favourite Together by Logistics. This release is pressed on mega purple vinyl and housed in two sleeves – the outer is a classic white Hospital sleeve complete with die-cut H logo and prescription label, and the inner is a full colour sleeve chronicling the artwork from every release ever on Hospital.
With the dust not yet settled on his massive debut ‘What The Future Holds’, S.P.Y is already taking us ‘Back To Basics’ with a rough and rugged new long player. Going deeper and darker this time round, S.P.Y’s uncompromising approach to production and an unparalleled dancefloor pedigree has been getting d+b dons hot under the collar:
Total Science “Carlos back to his filthy best!”
Dillinja “love it”
DJ Marky “Killer”
Pascal “Pure class as you would expect from S.P.Y – Still my favourite producer”
Doc Scott “There’s only one S.P.Y!”
The first instalment of ‘Back To Basics Chapter One’ comes in the form of an exclusive 2×12″ vinyl only sampler, available right here on the hospital shop. The full album release follows in a matter of weeks, and is already available to pre-order. Collaborators include Total Science and Rene LaVice, as well as vocal contributions from Grimm, the Legendary Diane Charlemagne, and dancehall don Suku of Ward 21.
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Pursuing a rapid ascension to D&B’s top table since signing to Hospital Records Fred V & Grafix have quickly become one of the most talked about acts in the scene. Having remixed top 10 hits for Rudimental and Subfocus, and released a string of singles and tracks on Hospital, they now present their debut long player. An ambitious and consummate development of the sound they have become know for, built on a solid foundation of d&b beats, the album combines their love for live music, weighty sub bass and creative collaborations with newschool vocalists and producers. With the support of dance music luminaries Subfocus and Netsky, as well as backing from Radio one’s Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Mistajam, Fred V & Grafix are well on the way to crossover success.
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Starting off the new year signing to Hospital, Reso brings us ‘Pulse Code EP’ on the 24th March. Featuring six exciting brand new tracks.
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Since the latter half of the last decade, Alex Melia aka Reso has been blending heightened technological futurism with dancefloor prowess to create a densely cinematic musical universe. ‘Tangram’ Reso’s much anticipated debut album was released in Nov 2012 and received heavy support from Mixmag (Album of the month), XLR8R, The Guardian, FACT, RA, NME, as well as other key musical luminaries such as Liam Howlett, Skrillex, Skream & Benga, DJ Food, Salva, Rusko and more. Tangram is a landmark thirteen track odyssey that reaffirms the place of the ‘album’ within modern electronic music and cements Reso as one of the worlds most forward thinking producers.
Rewatch: Reso b2b Royalston at Hospitality Building Six 07.02.14
As we prepare for the release of Fred V & Grafix album ‘Recognise’ next Monday we take over two venues as part of the album launch celebrations.
The Exeter Phoenix will play host to a selection of some of the finest talent from the Hospital roster, both in terms of breakthrough acts as well as more established names.
Early Bird Tickets for this one-off spectacular have sold out, so don’t sleep and make sure you’re a part of it.
On April 2nd, the intimate basement setting of The Nest in Dalston. Joining the Devonshire duo will be exciting breakthrough talent in the form of Reso & Chords, as well as support from Pola. Very limited Early Bird tickets are priced at just £8.00: this event will be a sellout so get involved while you can!