Posts Tagged ‘Calibre’

Perks Of The Park: FABRICLIVE

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Any visitor to London has to spend at least one night boogying down at the iconic Fabric nightclub. To revel in the recent salvation of Fabric from the brink of permanent closure by the powers above, we couldn’t think of anyone better to host a stage at one of the nations biggest parties. Helping us to celebrate such an iconic club, are some of the finest underground music artists, many of whom have been blessed enough to release a legendary FABRICLIVE compilation. Welcome back, FABRICLIVE.

Now we’ve listened to what you had to say last year and we know that sound quality is a huge part of the whole festival experience. Taking that on board, We’ve implemented special measures, and Fabric will now be bringing their room two Pioneer Pro Audio sound system for a bass overload that will make the FABRICLIVE stage naughtier than Theresa May running through a field of wheat.

 

My Nu Leng & Dread MC

The duo behind FABRICLIVE.86 and another Bristolian pairing smashing the underground scene not just in the UK but worldwide. Drawing influences from across the electronic music spectrum it is hard to pinpoint their sound to a specific genre, so expect a diverse set but guarantees of heavy drops and huge bass. Dread MC joins the pair onstage and having experienced their previous sets together, it will definitely be one of the parties of the summer.

The Return of Clipz

Hospital are thrilled to announce that the legendary Clipz will be returning for Hospitality in the Park. Having found commercial success under alias Redlight, Clipz is going back to his DnB and jungle roots to help us celebrate this year’s Hospitality in the Park. This set will be only one of two appearances for Clipz this summer, so this is one not to be missed.

Benton

When I think of Benton, I can think of no better person who fits the dark and minimal 140 sound. High profile releases on Loefah’s Swamp81 label, travel to any city with a thriving underground music scene and his name will definitely pop up on a flyer somewhere.

Calibre & DRS

A drum & bass legend straight outta Belfast and curator of FABRICLIVE.68, Calibre has been a key player in the scene for over 20 years now. His own Signature Recordings has released some of the finest DnB, complete with beautiful melodic patterns and an unmistakeable sound. No doubt he is one of the biggest names in drum and bass. Jumping on stage with Calibre is one of our favourite MCs: DRS. You will not be disappointed.

Caspa

One of dubstep’s biggest names, who could ever forget his remix of TC’s Where’s My Money? King of the wobble and FABRICLIVE.37 representative Caspa is making his Hospitality in the Park debut this year. Having had a high-flying career touring all corners of the world and having music featured on Hollywood blockbusters and remixing everyone from Depeche Mode to Deadmau5 and Ludacris, he comes back to his hometown of London for what will be a set to cherish on the FABRICLIVE stage.

Chimpo b2b Sam Binga featuring Trigga

Famous for his part in Manchester crew Levelz and unmistakeable voice, Chimpo heading behind the decks to be joined by top-knot sporting Bristol DJ Sam Binga. Trigga MC will be taking to the stage for a set that is sure to be packed to the brim with bouncey bass-heavy half-time.

Critical Soundsystem Presents: Mefjus, Kasra & Mantmast

Having smashed their set last year with Emperor, Critical boss and FABRICLIVE.62 selector Kasra is joined yet again by Austrian neuro heavyweight and my personal favourite Mefjus, for what will certainly be one of the heaviest sets at the park this year. These two neuro icons take to the FABRICLIVE stage having just released their Decyfer / Conversion EP together.

Skepsis

Undoubtedly the new face of the UK bass scene. Skepsis has helped revitalise bassline music in recent months and let’s be honest, he will be one of the filthiest acts you will see all day. At only 21, this is a DJ at just the start of his career and with support from the likes of Rinse FM, is destined for great things.

FABRICLIVE Residents:

Blazey Bodynod

Our first FABRICLIVE resident is big name around Bristol, Blazey Bodynod. A true pioneer of bass music in the South West’s biggest city and one of the most respected promoters on the circuit, anyone whose been to a Bodynod show knows the score.

Skankandbass

With well over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube and a dedicated following on social media where he routinely promotes the best new DnB, Skankandbass is the second resident of our FABRICLIVE stage. He’s got some special stuff in store for the Park believe us…

It’s without a doubt that every single one of this exalted figures of bass music will be bringing the fire to the FABRICLIVE stage, and with a huge Pioneer sound system, what more could you ask for. So if you haven’t got one already, grab yourself a ticket so you don’t suffer severe FOMO.

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Words Viv Beech

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Posted 24th August 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks of The Park: MIST:I:CAL maneuvers in the Med School Warehouse

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There is an abundance of collaboration within drum & bass, as with all musical genres. From individual artists colliding together, to the creation of entirely new sonic entities. Urban Shakedown (Aphrodite & Micky Finn), Scorpio (DJ Die & Krust), Nu:Logic (Nu:Tone & Logistics) and more recently The King of The Rollers (Serum, Bladerunner & Voltage). The list could go on. But one of the most infamous of collaborative musical identities was that of Mist:i:cal.

This triage of producers forged from Marcus Intalex, St Files and Calibre created one of the most prolific characters within drum & bass, and with such esteemed members as those, it’s no wonder why. Each of them were famed for their trademark deep and soulful sound, rolling drums and warm subs with a strong dose of melody and groove throughout. This combo resulted in some of the best drum & bass after the turn of the millennium from 2002-2007.

Initially M.I.S.T, as Marcus Intalex & ST Files, but evolving into Mist:i:cal through the addition of Calibre, they began releasing as the latter alias in 2002, with their debut album release in 2007, both of which on Mr Intalex’s Soul:R records. However, beyond the release of the album ‘The Eleventh Hour’ they disappeared and went their separate ways, focusing on their individual production. Until now.

Breaking their silence, Mist:i:cal will be guest headlining the Med School Warehouse at this year’s Hospitality In The Park for their first united performance in a decade. ST Files hasn’t graced a set of decks in the public eye for around 10 years, and this long-awaited return couldn’t happen in a better setting. Joining this incredible collective will be Med School maestro Etherwood, LTJ  Bukem and Alix Perez & Eprom alongside many, many more.

Soul:R records has been putting out beautiful music consistently over the past decade with a broad array of established artists ranging from dBridge, Klute, Break, Alix Perez and of course, Calibre. The enigmatic Irishman hasn’t shied away from any of his musical duties since the dissolution of Mist:i:cal, with his most recent album ‘The Deep’ generating some incredible responses on his own imprint ‘Signature’. He’s keeping things as hot as ever with his impeccable production and silky smooth musical styling.

As one of the leading purveyors of deep and intelligent drum & bass, it was only fitting that such a decorated entourage would lead proceedings at this years Hospitality In The Park. Dubplates for days would be an apt way to describe what to expect from this performance, both old and new, deep and rolling. What more could you want? Raw to the core yet exquisitely symphonic, the long-awaited reunion will be one of the highlights of the event, of this, we are of no doubt. Ensure you do not miss on this re-emergence of titans and get your ticket to the Park today, you’ll only have yourself to blame…

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 16th May 2017 in Blog, Features

PERKS OF THE PARK: Top 10 Calibre Tunes

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Calibre aka Dominick Martin aka ‘Magic Music Machine’ has been blowing our minds with his flawless production since way back when. His first EP ‘Reflections / Last Man On Earth’ was released in 1998 on (the sadly no longer) Quadraphonic and ever since he’s been non stop. As a producer he’s continuously experimented with all sorts of genres, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, dub and techno into his ever progressing sound. Well known for keeping himself out of the limelight, Calibre hasn’t let that affect the amount of time he spends in the studio or of course his incredible sets.

To get you all in the mood for his slot at Dub Phizix & Strategy’s Well Good Do, we’ve decided to dig up 10 of our favourite tunes to date. Have a listen and refresh your ears, some you may not have heard in a while… 

Calibre – ‘The Way You Move’

Soft, rising keys, a great vocal, crisp drums and that deep, sub bass line combine to create another essential Calibre release. Released on Innerground Records back in 2006, as with all his tunes, ‘The Way You Move’ is a timeless classic. 

 

Calibre – ‘Running’ 

This one is off his 2013 album ‘Spill’ released on his label Signature Recordings. A great example of how diverse his productions can be, this one has more of an old school vinyl feel…

Calibre and High Contrast – ‘Mr Majestic’

The sunshine-esque trumpet breakdown leading up to that much anticipated vocal drop, this one is a classic drum and bass anthem that will definitely get the crowd singing along. Well, it is Calibre collaborating with High Contrast, what more could you expect!

Calibre – ‘Even if’ 

The title track off his 2011 LP, ‘Even If’ is made up of that instantly recognisable lengthy intro before dropping into rolling liquid, this certainly is Calibre at his best! Followed on by a range of different layers, making you wish you were somewhere in the sun dancing away. 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Calibre remix)

One of his more popular remixes, Calibre has really put his mark on this delight from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Released back in 2011, it’s absolutely oozing with positive vibes and won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Here’s hoping this gets a play at Hospitality in the Park in September!

Calibre – ‘Hummer’ 

Another track from 2011, ‘Hummer’ shows Calibre going on a more dark journey. Made up of the rolling track and feint echoes he’s managed to create a murky atmosphere yet still get the listener into a lively bouncy mood!

Calibre – ‘Amen Tune’ (Feat. DJ Marky)

 ‘Amen Tune’ is from the most recent instalment of Signature’s Shelflife series. Featuring the legendary DJ Marky, it’s rumoured to have been stored on one of Calibre’s infamous hard drives for however many years and finally seeing the light of day.

Calibre – ‘Bullets’ (Feat. Diane Charlemagne) 

Featuring incredible vocals from the late great Diane Charlemagne, ‘Bullets’ is off his album ‘Second Sun’ that was originally released in 2005. The song was intended to be an instrumental at first, but after hearing Diane’s lyrics it was a no brainer they would make a great addition. This one is a perfect sunshine soundtrack.

Breakage – Future (Ft. Madi Lane) (Calibre Remix) 

On the remix once again, Calibre has completely reinvented this tune. He’s kept those exhilarating synths in, but of course added that all important rolling amen. He released this one on Digital Sound Boy last year, some might say it’s close to overtaking the original mix!

Calibre – ‘Think On’

Released on Signature back in 2013, ‘Think On’ is another delight to listen to in the summertime. Calibre’s showing his true musical capabilities with that inviting piano melody that creeps in throughout yet keeping us on our toes all the same.

And a special eleventh addition from our own Mr Hospitality, Josh who claims it to be the ‘best remix of all time’ and we agree!

When it comes to playing out, Calibre never fails to captivate his audience. His sets take you down into the depths of drum and bass, whilst still maintaining those all important musical elements. His performances are largely made up of his own material, however it’s likely that some of what you hear will never be heard again making each set unique and special in its own way.

He’ll be joining us on Dub Phizix & Strategy’s Well Good Do stage at Hospitality In The Park on Saturday 24th September, second release tickets are available now!

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Words by Sarah Hancock

Posted 14th June 2016 in Blog, Features

Hospitality Manchester: Official Run Down

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On Friday 29th November, we make our annual pilgrimage to Manchester for Warehouse Project. Last year’s sell out show was an incredible experience for all involved at the re-located warehouse space at Victoria Warehouse near Old Trafford. This year promises to be even better as we welcome another pool of talent across all three rooms, with Hospitality in the main room, a wealth of names in Room Two and Soul:ution taking over Room Three. Get involved – it’s going to be epic. Tickets available HERE! But first, HospitalityDNB give you the official run down across all three rooms so you know what to expect…

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Posted 15th August 2013 in Blog, Features

Hospitality’s Festival Season

As we move away from a very fruitful spring of Hospitality events, we now enter the festival season in full force!

This year, Hospitality will be hosting stages at: Parklife, Manchester – 11th JuneLounge On The Farm, Canterbury – 10th July, Lovebox, London – 16th July and Global Gathering, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 30th July.

To honour this, we thought we’d dig deep into the record box and bring out some out some Hospital back catalogue gems to get you in the mood with some Hospitality festival classics…

PARKLIFE: Cyantific – “90” [2003]

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Posted 27th May 2011 in Blog, Features