After a two year hiatus ‘Hospitality’ is back, and bigger than ever! This massive fifth instalment comes fresh from winning “Best Club Night” (for the fourth year running!) at the Drum&Bass Arena awards.
London Elektricity returns to present a brand new episode of the award winning Hospital podcast, featuring music from across the world of drum & bass, as well as the first play of the latest signing to sister label, Med School….
Fred V & Grafix, together with the help of Hospital’s A&R hit squad have stylishly curated a collection of d+b talent to re-work tracks from their critically acclaimed debut album, which was released earlier this year.
Featuring the Fred V vocalled single ‘Recognise’, as well as the Radio One playlisted ‘Forest Fires (feat Etherwood), the album ‘Recognise’ was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Independent Music Awards – alongside the likes of London Grammar and The Arctic Monkeys.
Eschewing obvious names in favour of cutting-edge artists who are already shaping the future of the genre. The likes of Etherwood, Keeno, Chords and Fredric Robinson represent a new generation, bringing a fresh injection of musical genius to d+b.
On top of the twelve remixes Fred V & Grafix also present one brand new track in the shape of ‘3-D Glasses’. The first new material from the boys since February, it’s a slice of warping triplet time d+b that mines a the current vogue of classical influenced dance music.
Since the albums release Fred V & Grafix have been touring the globe non-stop, playing gigs and festivals from Glastonbury to LA. Finding time in between gigs to turn in remixes for the likes of MNEK, Second City, Netsky and Hybrid.
On Saturday 16th August the BBC airwaves were taken over by the Crème de la crème of the D+B scene as we joined together for the first ever BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra D+B soundclash. Making history and marking 12 years of BBC 1Xtra, the battle was hosted by Mistajam and Crissy Cris.
“With our troops ready, we’re certainly fired up for the D&B Soundclash with BBC Radio1 & 1Xtra this weekend. It’s a pleasure to go head to head with what can only be described as the Crème de la crème of the scene.
Tough guys from Viper, Shogun’s shoegazers, and Ram’s cockney thugs are no match for our skilled surgeons. Armed with Weapons of Mass Creation we’ll blow the gaff wide open with soul and style!
Jokes beef aside, the D&B scene is fresher than ever and it’s amazing for the BBC to recognise this enough to conduct such an exciting showcase. The diversity of the four labels involved (and so many others) is what keeps our scene crisp with an array of new talent and releases, all of which have their own individual stamp. So it’s more than just a soundclash – it’s a celebration of the strength of the scene. We’re all winners, whatever the outcome… except we will be the winners… obvs.”
The clash consisted of 5 tailored rounds where #TeamHOSPITAL, Ram Records, Shogun Audio and Viper Recordings brought their troops with force to battle for the title.
Round 1 – Team Anthem – Label Boss London Elektricity drops a minimix of classic Hospital bangers to kick off the show.
Round 2 – Quick Mix – Metrik 6 min mix
Round 3 – Secret Guest Minimix – With Fred V & Grafix on the selection TeamHOSPITAL drew for the mighty Noisia!
Round 4 – Bootleg Round – S.P.Y smashes the bootleg round making his mark on Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants.
Round 5 – All Star Mix – Exactly what it says on the tin. All stars uniting with MC Dynamite on mic duties.
London Elektricity provided some epic Dad dancing….
The whole team had a fantastic time and regardless of the outcome it was a fantastic showcase to be apart of and a great way to celebrate the strength of the D+B scene at the moment. It was a win for #TeamHOSPITAL but of course we were ecstatic to walk away with the cup!
Hospitality is the worldwide club event of the top UK based D+B imprint Hospital Records. From humble beginnings Hospitality has grown to become a true titan of the D+B scene, known for it’s feel good music policy, show stopping DJs and a friendly, up for it crowd.
With Hospital opening it’s LA office earlier this year, and continuing to make moves stateside, we are very excited to announce the first of our brand new LA residency.
On the 10th September at The Complex in Glendale, we bring you a healthy dose of the Hospital Records roster supported by some of the hottest west coast talent. Check in every other month to hear the latest sounds of Hospital’s UK artists, as well special guests, and up and coming DJs. Hold tight for line up info on the first show – which will feature a super secret special guest on the bill.
If you’re not familiar with the venue, it was recently listed in the Top 10 Underground clubs in the United States, so check out the article HERE:
Venue: Complex, 806 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA, 91205
As we continue to celebrate 18 years of Hospital Records we join MUZU for the next 4 weeks to host a site-wide Hospital: We Are 18 promotion. This includes exclusive playlists and interviews with London Elektricity, Nu:Tone, Fred V & Grafix, Hospital MD Chris Goss, Tomahawk and Hospitality Josh.
There is also a competition running throughout the promotion to win a fantastic Hospital: We Are 18 merchandise bundle and a pair of tickets to Brixton.
Check out the playlist and compeition: HERE
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