Days To Go
Days To Go
Days To Go
Words by Rachel Russel
The sound of drum and bass will be echoing round Finsbury Park this Saturday for the first ever Hospitality In The Park festival.
Organised by Hospital Records, based in south London, under the renowned Hospitality events banner, the day will be packed with dance music from artists and 300 DJs including Tim Westwood, The Prototypes, The Upbeats, Need For Mirrors and Keeno among others.
DJ and electronic musician Tony Colman, who uses the stage name London Elektricity and is the CEO of Hospital Records, reveals there will be six tents full of surprises, plus a hot air balloon and the London electricity big band, which will include 20 people playing bass and a full 14-piece horn section.
Regarded by many as the greatest drum and bass group of all time, Bad Company maintain an elite reputation amongst the D&B old guard and new alike. Born in 1998 as the phoenix rising from the ashes of Future Forces Inc (dBridge & Maldini) & Absolute Zero (DJ Fresh). These guys teamed up with Vegas, and thus, Bad Company was born.
Now we would be incredibly surprised if you were unaware of these fine gentlemen. Creators of what is widely regarded as one of the greatest D&B track of all time ‘The Nine’ and the prominent D+B forum ‘Dogs On Acid'; Bad Company have been the masterminds behind some seriously incredible drum and bass music and culture. Fiercely forward thinking and ahead of their time, the music they made since their emergence in 1998 still holds it’s own today, and in fact, often stands out as better than their contemporary counterparts, who have the luxury of significant technological advancements.
Few producers can rival Bad Companies discography, both in terms of stature, and quality. The Nine, is of course, the pick of their musical repertoire, yet there are a host of other tracks that have cemented them as one of the most influential players in D&B. Let’s start with an obvious one: Planet Dust. Another classic example of Bad Company at their finest. Those synths during the build-up are recognised across the world and create pure carnage whenever they are unleashed. At 15 years old this track creates an incredible atmosphere and is a genuine triumph of artistry and engineering. With an esteemed pedigree amongst selectors and listeners alike, this one remains within the higher echelons of the drum and bass hall of fame. With a host of other amazing songs, Bad Company have graced legendary labels such as Virus, Human Imprint, Prototype and of course, Bad Company & Bad Taste recordings.
With the wealth of quality we have Bad Company to thank for, it will be a difficult task to narrow down the best of the best, but we will give it a go. Representing on Virus, ‘Seizure’ is one of the most iconic Bad Company records to date. Bringing that trademark grit whilst being unashamedly intimidating and moody. The growling bass creates an atmosphere unlike any other, and if that wasn’t enough; on the flip to this track we’ve got another incredible tune ‘Skin Tag’. High energy with upbeat drums and energetic synths, this tune is perfect for any dance floor lacking a bit of life. These incredible pair of tracks are everything we love about Bad Company, and encompass what D&B in 1999 really was.
Night Train, Hornet, Nitrous, Dogfight, they just keep coming. Bad Company are the gift that kept on giving, with incredible tracks, all with their own incredible trademark sound. Few people have earned the D&B stripes that Bad Company have. Genre defining and blazing the trail for deep and dark drum & bass. The contemporary scene has a lot to thank Bad Company for.
In 2005 however, everything changed. Fresh & dBridge sought to forge their own way as solo artists, yet Maldini and Vegas kept the BC flag flying high, forming Bad Taste Recordings and keeping the mantra of Bad Company alive whilst also pinging out some wicked tunes. Fresh and dBridge truly formed their own identity as solo producers creating incredible works such as ‘The Gatekeeper’ & ‘True Romance’. Another pair of classics I think we can all agree. The artists continued to make amazing work and the quality was in no way diluted, but the killer combination of these artists together was sorely missed. That is until the reformation we had all been waiting for this year.
In March this year the second coming was complete, with the emergence of Bad Company UK’s comeback track ‘Equilibrium’, returning to bring balance to the force of D+B. An amazing, no holds barred, contemporary anthem that projected them back into the forefront of the minds of D+B enthusiasts everywhere. However, as quickly as they came, we were left with no follow-up. Leaving us biting our nails for 6 months waiting for the next instalment of the Bad Company second coming, Nomad was finally dropped on UKF in November. This gritty, reecey, techy and downright filthy anthem built on the successes and hype generated by Equilibrium and topped it. If Bad Company continue to create music like this, we may have another ‘The Nine’ on our hands, and I don’t know if the world is ready for the quality the brains behind Bad Company can piece together, but we can hope.
If this has got you suitably riled up, and we hope it has…You can catch Bad Company UK headlining ‘The Car Park’ stage at Hospitality In The Dock, with the thunder guaranteed to be brought. If there is anyone who can blend a mix of old and new, with effortless flair, we imagine it would be Bad Company. 1998-2005 Bad Company gems mixed with forward thinking genre molding contemporary D+B will be a spectacle to behold, and that is why we are treating all you lovely people to such an incredible show, and we cannot wait.
Alongside Bad Company will be respective showcases from Exit Records, The Blast and Eatbrain. This mouth-watering line-up is certified sickness and we want you there to be a part of it. We have a very limited number of tickets remaining so don’t sleep!