Check out the official music video for S.P.Y’s amazing “Manicured Reality” featuring LowQui. The video, directed by Gregory Francis takes a look at the darker side to the image we project to the world. and stars Maryanne Williams, along with LowQui himself.
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!
Pre-order now from Hospital Shop / iTunes
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… prepare to witness something that’s never been seen before at Brixton Academy on Friday 27th September. Join us for the landmark Hospitality event “The Final.”
Taking place at 9pm will be performances from some of the scene’s top brawlers as they battle it out for dominance of their respective weights and regions as we prepare to see who will be crowned champion of Brixton.
Earlybirds for this one off spectacular sold out within a record time of 48hours, Round Two tickets swiftly followed suit and Round 3 tickets are nearly all gone too!
Returning for Week 4 in our Boxpark tenure, things remain just as exciting as ever as we kick off the week with a super special Boxcast 204 which is a 2-hour special featuring a live B2B VINYL SET from LONDON ELEKTRICITY and S.P.Y.
Then throughout the rest of the week we have our usual array of daily offers and giveaways – including free cupcakes and a “happy hour” with free Hospital beer (if there’s any left!) as well as an in-store DJ set from special guest CHORDS on Thursday.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Monday 3rd June: Live ‘Summmer Special’ Boxcast *2-hours* feat. London Elektricity b2b vinyl set with S.P.Y
Tuesday 4th June: Free Hospital cupcake with every purchase
Wednesday 5th June: 10% off all accessories
Thursday 6th June: In-store DJ set – Chords 5.30pm ono – Cancelled!
Friday 7th June: In-store DJ set from Bailey AND the launch of the AnyForty Queen Bee collab t-shirt
Saturday 8th June: 20% off Boxpark weekend
Sunday 9th June: 20% off Boxpark weekend
We’re back in Brixton tonight, and as it’s the bank holiday weekend we’ve brought out the big guns! Don’t miss out on what will be our biggest show yet.
With a rare opportunity to see a London DJ set from in-demand Belgian superstar NETSKY as well as the inimitable DANNY BYRD dropping the bomb of his highly anticipated “Golden Ticket” album this is an unmissable show.
The last few tickets are available on
Ticketweb so be sure to grab one to guarantee your entry on the night. Tickets on the door will be very limited, so please do buy in advance.
Tonights event will not be recorded or streamed on youtube, so you really do need to be there to truly be a part of it.
Hear our custom Funktion One soundsystem, see the giant “H” stage production, check out incredible sets from Netsky, Danny Byrd,London Elektricty, Nu:Logic, Metrik and many more, and if you arrive early enough, get a bottle of Hospital’s very special “Doctors Orders” beer before it sells out!
ANNOUNCEMENT – Due to travel disruption at Heathrow airport we are sorry to have to announce that Camo & Krooked are unable to appear at Hospitality tonight. We would like to apologise for any disappointment this may cause. The fantastic ETHERWOOD will be now be stepping up with the opening set in Room One.
Last night we all attended the Drum & Bass Arena Awards 2012 in Brixton. It was a great celebration of the scene’s achievements in the past year and we were pleased to come away with three awards:-
- Hospitality – Best Club Night
- Fred V & Grafix – Best Newcomer DJ
- S.P.Y – “What The Future Holds” – Best Album
For the full write up head over to the HospitalityDNB blog HERE
Massive congratulations to all the winners, a special shout out to Fred V & Grafix and S.P.Y for their (well deserved) awards and thanks to everyone who voted!
VIPs by S.P.Y, Joe Syntax, Icicle and Royalston make up this 2×12″ vinyl, which is part of the recently released “Medical Mix” project. The vinyl EP is limited to 200 copies and is only available on the Hospital Shop.
Each copy comes with a customised and numbered A4 prescription insert, labelled with the delivery name and delivery address of the recipient.
Headlining the Hospital room are: High Contrast, S.P.Y, Total Science, Maldini and Ad Gannon, plus MCs Wrec, Texas and Lowqui, whilst Union host the other room with Joker, Kode 9, Pinch, Scratcha DVA and Union DJs.