Soulful, liquid sensation Hugh Hardie is back with his brand new ‘Inhale Exhale’ EP on Hospital Records. Featuring a range of talented artists including Phaction, Zoe Kypri and Javeon, Hugh Hardie has consistently contributed to the new wave of liquid drum & bass in recent years. Continuing onwards from his impressive streak of EPs including the sensational ‘Dream In Green’ EP , ‘Learning To Fly’ four-tracker and lockdown gem ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days, Hugh’s first standalone release of 2022 is yet another futuristic drum & bass treasure.
‘Got U Wrong’ opens the EP, welcoming warm vocals and sweet melodies alongside the Bristolian singer-songwriter Javeon who blesses the track with his sublime R&B charged vocals. Hugh Hardie and fellow liquid soul selector Phaction unite for their fourth collaboration, to provide an infectious, smooth roller layered with crunchy drums, glitched out synths and a pumping bassline.
‘Coulda Woulda’ is an upbeat bouncer with a healthy dose of skippy drum work and a flirtatious bass that glides through the mix like a knife through butter. Ravey vocal chops and hypnotic plucks throughout showcase Hugh’s innate ability as an all round studio samurai.
EP title track ‘Inhale Exhale’ featuring the immensely talented jazz and soul singer-songwriter Zoe Kypri shows Hugh Hardie flaunt his distinctive sound accompanied by Zoe’s heartfelt lyricism and moving harmonies. This is just the follow up you need after the pair’s initial link up on ‘Dream In Green’ last year which received huge BBC Radio 1 support from the likes of Annie Mac and Rickie, Melvin and Charlie.
Switching up the style for the final track of the EP, ‘Kodiak’ sees tearout wobbles, stomping drums and just the right amount of cowbell. Demonstrating his ability to venture over to the darker side of drum & bass, this ripper of a number is set to shell down any rave.
From years of experience perfecting his craft, Hugh Hardie’s trademark liquid rollers and supreme soulful cuts have seen support from his music come in from all angles of the dance music scene. With a solid selection of radio spins from the likes of Annie Mac, Laurent Garnier, Rickie Melvin & Charlie, René LaVice and Hybrid Minds, to plays on the dancefloor from DJ Marky, LTJ Bukem, Flava D, LSB, Lenzman & more, the calibre of Hugh’s music speaks for itself. Make sure to catch Hugh Hardie in the Albanian sun at Hospitality On The Beach in June 2022!