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Hospitality Hot Spots: Birmingham

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Birmingham might be known as The Second City, but there’s no doubt that the crowds at Hospitality Birmingham have been some of the best we have ever seen.

Fred V & Grafix are jumping back on the decks with Hospital’s golden boy Danny Byrd spinnin’ an exclusive jungle set. We have to make the effort if we are coming all the way to Brum, so we thought a never before seen Logistics b2b Etherwood could suffice! Off the back of his killer debut Hospital LP ‘Salvation’, Makoto will be gracing your eardrums with some of the silkiest liquid beats from a back catalogue of tunes from the last 20 years.

Finishing off this killer line up in the Warehouse of Rainbow is Krakota, a man that needs no introduction. Finally, it wouldn’t be Hospitality Birmingham without some huge special guests; let’s not beat around the bush, we’ve pulled out all the stops. Bristol badboy TC brings the D+B knowhow, whilst hype surrounding Critical Sound’s 15th year follows them to Brum, and label boss Kasra is bringing none other than Mefjus & Halogenix for a cheeky bit of deep and murky D+B.

Music aside, we are in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Make the most of a trip to the Brummie: start with the tunes, get a slice of munch, and finish with a nice dose of culture. Here’s what’s on offer…

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The Rainbow Venues: This has to be one of my favourite clubs in the country. The crème de la crème of clubs in the midlands, the production team really haven’t held back on creating one of the best atmospheres around. They really don’t hold back on Room Two either, big capacities, big bass and intense lighting will tingle at least three of your senses to the max. There’s no finer place to show off what Hospital have to offer.

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© Photography by Krishan Chauhan for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Things to do/places to eat: I’m joining these two together for this blog, as there is only one place you have to get yourself to… the Birmingham Canal Network. You have a plentiful selection of chain and independent eateries, and countless amount of chic or cheaper bars to either pre-drink or attempt a hair of the dog cure the night after. This is the place to be for some bangin’ food to soothe the hangover. Accompany that with a gentle stroll and cheeky bev by the picture-esque canals, it might just be that bit of relaxation you need. If you’re here for the whole weekend, check out the Jekyll & Hyde gin bar for copious amounts of gin-based food and cocktails creations.

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Where to stay: You won’t need to fork out for Taxis if you stay at Birmingham Central Backpacker’s, it’s just an 8-min walk away from Rainbow Venues. It’s also equidistant to the centre so you can save those precious pennies for some bevs in the venue. Plus, there’s a free light breakfast, free tea & coffee and free Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the rooms aren’t free as well, but for a minimum two-night stay, it’ll only set you back £30-40 if you’re on a budget.

See, what’s not to love. Fully fledged D+B flavours from our dear friends and exalted guests in one of the greatest cites the nation has to offer. Come for the music, stay for the Hospitality.

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Words by Viv Beech

Perks Of The Park: Back To The Roots

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We at Hospital Records recognise the importance of bridging gaps between music. This year at Hospitality in the Park we are delighted to announce a brand new stage, Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle. We will be welcoming Mala’s Deep Medi Musik to the Park to bring the best in 140 beats, and having celebrated their 10th anniversary last year, I’m sure it will be one heck of a party. Alongside them, a few well-known faces from the roots of jungle music will be taking to the stage, all of which have over 20 years producing and DJing jungle music for the masses.

Mala:

Where would dubstep be without Mala? The big boss of Deep Medi has been one of the most influential artists ever in the UK underground scene. As one half of Digital Mystikz (DMZ) alongside Coki, Mala has been banging out tune after tune since the early days of dubstep and has access to one of the most extensive back catalogues in dubstep. Even if you aren’t big into your 140 music, this is a legend not to miss.

A/T/O/S:

A/T/O/S have released two killer albums now on Deep Medi, the most recent Outboxed being released in February to very high acclaim. Beautifully blending soulful vocals with minimalistic yet masterful production, the duo could draw comparisons to Submotion Orchestra but with their own unique flavour.

Benny Ill:

One of the faces of Horsepower Productions, Benny Ill has been involved in the dubstep music scene since its beginnings. With multiple releases on Deep Medi as well as heavyweight label Tempa, Benny will be bringing his extensive experience and knowhow to the Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle stage.

Compa:

A perfect mix between grime and dubstep. If you haven’t heard Compa’s newest single No Hype with Footsie of Newham Generals, the link is below and is a must listen. Early on, his drum and bass roots quickly lent to the discovery of dubstep where he has been making waves ever since. He joins us at Hospitality in the Park, having been touring North America and Europe over the summer to packed shows.

Jack Sparrow:

The act I’m most excited to see. Following numerous releases on Deep Medi and Tectonic, Leeds resident Jack Sparrow comes to Hospitality in the Park having recently started his own label Navy Cut. For years, he has been one of the most featured names in dubstep and has a yearly residency at Outlook Festival, where he is able to show off his own unique flavour on dubstep.

Kahn & Neek:

Bristol’s finest underground musicians. Every EP released under their Bandulu label is hot property, selling out in minutes and for good reason. The duo combine a variety of styles over the 140 spectrum, producing grime, dubstep and under their Gorgon Sound alias, strictly dubplate and vinyl dub and soundsytem music.

Kaiju:

The duo have been big names in the dubstep game for some time now. Their bass-heavy track Justice has undoubtedly been played at every underground dancefloor around the country, propelling them into the spotlight of 140 music. It’s fair to say these two love a sub-bass, and for good reason!

Kenny Ken b2b Randall feat. MC Det:

Names that need no introduction, two of the most iconic artists in the history of jungle and drum & bass will be gracing the Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle stage, joined by the legend that is MC Det. Kenny Ken and Randall have over 50 years between them spent in the industry, and are for sure some of the most influential DJs at this year’s festival.

Remarc & Navigator:

We are excited to bring ‘King of the Amen’ Remarc alongside old school junglist Navigator to the park, for what will definitely be a showcase in the true zest of jungle music. There is no doubt that you will hear the best in jungle music with these two.

Silkie:

One of London’s finest dubstep DJs who has been part of the Deep Medi crew for some time, giving a colourful taste of dubstep to the label’s back catalogue. Silkie is a true representation of what the dubstep sound of London really is.

Sir Spyro b2b Spooky & Killa P:

If you haven’t head Sir Spyro’s release Topper Top with Killa P released on Deep Medi Musik last year, then where have you been? Undoubtedly THE grime/dubstep track of the last year it has been spun round more times than Kylie Minogue and which has bridged the gap beautifully between the two genres. Joining Sir Spyro on stage is the underground legend that is Spooky, one of the most important faces and best producers in the grime scene.

Swindle:

Swindle has to be one of the most creative and masterful producers of our generation, dabbling in the world of funk, dubstep and electronica to name a few. His experimental sound has led to attention from all corners of the world, making his name one of the most recognisable in the underground circuit.

In short, the fine folks ready to come and unleash hell on the Deep Medi Vs Roots of Jungle stage are nothing short of legendary. To make sure you witness the sickness and feel the pressure you’re gonna have to come along to Hospitality In The Park. Ticket’s are rolling out the door like there’s no tomorrow so be quick!

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Words by Viv Beech

 

 

 

Posted 10th August 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Big Bites

We here at Hospitality are as obsessed with food as we are with drum & bass, perhaps even more so…Anyone who has attended our BBQs, or our day festivals, will know all too well that the level of quality that goes into the dining options for our ravers is never overlooked.

Seeing as we are going XL this time around, we felt it prudent to ensure equally massive food vendors got involved in creating the perfect outdoor party. Great music, great food. If that doesn’t guarantee a good time, then there’s something wrong with you.

 

 

BAGEL BOY

First up is one of Bristol’s finest establishments. If you want some circular doses of heaven, there is no place better within the city and beyond. We are, of course, talking about Bagel Boy! With over 4 locations in and around Bristol, they’ve generated a demand for bagels like which we have never seen before, and upon just a single taste, you will see why.

With over 30 different options, ranging from the classic salt beef to everything else and beyond, therewill undoubtedly be a bagel for you. Priding themselves on locally and ethically sourced ingredients and baking all their bagels fresh and in-house, this stringent policy doesn’t stop at the food either. To accompany the rich tapestry of food they provide, you can find yourself guzzling down some of the West Countrys finest craft ciders and beers, they also have their very own coffee..

 

BURGER BEAR

Joining this south-west staple will be one of the capital’s finest burger joints. Hailing from London and heading down south for our XL BBQ will be none other than ‘Burger Bear’. Famed for their quality food and on point musical selections, this London eatery has earned an exalted status for big beef burgers and delicious disco beats. Both of which together I think we can all agree is a strong combination.

 

Available across the city, north, south or east, the level of quality is consistent wherever you go. Be it at the famed magic roundabout in Old Street station, or the infamous (and brilliantly named) Stokey Bears, to the Old Nuns Head in Peckham, Burger Bear has you covered. It’s for this reason that we orchestrated this great beefy exodus from London to Bristol to cater for the appetites of so many revelling ravers. Menu options include the Quarter Panda, the Koala, and the Grizzly bear amongst other beasty delights. You’ll be growling for seconds.

 

STONE BAKED 

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Although often a rare sight at a BBQ, Pizza remains one of the most certified party foods. With the grills covered, we thought it best to stretch out the dough and deliver some saucy and cheesy goodness to compliment our BBQ stations. If you’ve ever had a high-grade pizza at a festival, it’s most likely that these guys were the people behind the salvation of your hunger. Authentic wood fired and stonebaked pizzas accompanied with a myriad of toppings, it’s simply the perfect combination and you can enjoy them all with some of the best tunes around.

Making appearances at festivals and events across the UK, Stone Baked was born through like-minded individuals die hard love of pizza and parties, and a desire to see the two combined

I think we can all agree that the food available at the Bristol BBQ is going to be off the chiz-iz-ain and to avoid missing out on all this delectation and delight, make your way to Motion on Saturday 10th of June to hear some banging D+B and jungle along too, satisfying both taste and ear buds. Get involved, you’re stomach and dancing shoes won’t forgive you if you don’t.

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 31st May 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Badass Selections from Micky Finn & Aphrodite

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Jungle and drum & bass are littered with iconic duos: Fabio & Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Subzero & Original Sin, Calyx & Teebee, DJ Die & Krust… the list goes on.

There are few, however, that can rival both the production and DJ’ing powerhouses that are Micky Finn and Aphrodite, and these brothers in arms will be one of many leading the junglist charge at our XL Bristol BBQ at Motion come June.

Often producing collaborations between their individual aliases and running the label ‘Urban Takeover’ together, Aphrodite and Micky Finn; alongside friend Claudio Giussani, were also known as ‘Urban Shakedown’. A name which will be all too familiar with the drum & bass veterans among us.

To celebrate the sheer quality these respective artists maintain both individually and collectively, we thought it only right to dish out our personal top 5 dancefloor fillers from the monolithic men themselves to hype you up for their keenly anticipated B2B.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn Ft. MC GQ – Dark Selector

A seminal track that ignites raves in a way that few other tracks do. Deliciously groovy and seriously funky, this roller is a timeless drum & bass anthem. The bad-boy vocals from the legendary MC GQ give it an extra potent edge and the arrangement throughout is spot on. Massive track.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Drop Top Caddy

Vintage Aphrodite & Micky Finn. Rugged and funky rap samples, sublime arrangement and a crisp bassline that leads the way in forging the tracks sonic atmosphere. Working in harmony with the raw hip-hop elements, this gruff stepper sounds as funky fresh today as it did 20 years ago.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bass of The Tramp

More certified dopeness from these drum & bass dons. A beautifully wobbly bassline combined with excellent sample chopping renders this as one of the most iconic precursors to modern jump up drum & bass. Simple elements, but complex composition and arrangement see a fairly minimal set of ingredients mixed up to cook a serious tune, one of my personal favourites.

Urban Shakedown – Some Justice ’95 (Arsonist Dub Beats)

One of the most famous tracks on this list. A true jungle classic. Originally a dubplate re-work of their 91/92 big hitter, this track saw release in the shape of Some Justice ’95. A militant bassline and ragga vocals combined with beautiful drum rolls and breaks throughout. This is jungle music at it’s finest.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass

Probably Micky Finn & Aphrodite’s most famous collaboration. You’ll struggle to find any drum & bass enthusiast worth their salt who doesn’t know this seminal anthem, as common in the dance today as it was two decades ago! A roller simply oozing with vibes, the cheekiness of the bassline juxtaposed with the vocals amount to a genuine drum & bass tour de force.

There you have it. Five tracks guaranteed to get any party started. These guys made gazillion more amazing tracks so we encourage you to find your favourite and comment your all time number ones. But if you want a real taste of what these guys do, then you’ll have to come down to the Bristol BBQ on the 10th of June to see these musical magicians in action.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 8th May 2017 in Features

DANNY BYRD: Top 5 Jungle Tracks.

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Drum & Bass dynamo Danny Byrd is a man who will need little introduction to even the part-time dabblers within the d&b scene. One of Hospital’s elite it can be certain, and one of d&bs finest contemporary artists. With seminal hits such as Ill Behaviour, Bad Boy Back Again and Shock Out, his rolling and versatile sound decimates dances from his home county of Somerset to the far reaches of the planet.

It is with great joy we can announce the man himself will be leading the vanguard for our Room 2 at the Bristol BBQ XL in the Jungle Jam room with an exclusive Jungle set. This will definitely be a spectacle not worth missing, and to celebrate such an occasion, Mr. Byrd has been gracious enough to have a chat with us to reveal his personal Jungle favourites. So turn your speakers up, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to bruk out to some oldskool classics.

Leviticus – Burial

Leviticus was an alias of Jumping Jack Frost who earned his stripes as a DJ but came though and made one of the scene’s biggest anthems ever! Using a think break and rolling sub bass, this has a steadier groove than most other jungle tunes did at the time using Jigsy King and Tony Curtis’s iconic sample and a wicked R’n’B vocal from Jill Francis. JJ Frost has a book coming out entitled Big Bad and Heavy which is an autobiography of his time in the music scene, make sure you pick that up!

DJ Crystl – Meditation

Crystl’s production resume, sadly, only lasted 3-4 years hence maybe him being not remembered as some of the other names that morphed into D+B’s biggest hitters but the work he did was incendiary! This ‎was an example of the Bukem/Good looking sound but was a bit rougher around the edges. Crystl came from a Hip-Hop background if I remember correctly and thus always had the best breaks. The amen on this track was given additional compression, something easily done today with plugins, but it showed an extra attention to detail back then which is what really set it apart.

Sounds of the Future – The Lighter

One of DJ SS’s aliases and arguably his best-known track. This track caught the attention of people who were not just hardcore jungle fans with its unique classical music piano intro. Proving the point in 1994 that literally you could add anything into Cubase as long it was rolling, fast and had a lot of bass. Cliché thing to say but it’s a perfect example of who there were no rules back then. I wish d&b was a bit more out there with some ideas like this in 2017.

Splash – Babylon

Probably the most well-executed jungle track ever created I think. Everything about this is perfect. Buying the AWOL live compilation in 1995, this was one of the featured tracks and they used loads of the crowd noise when the bass kicks in and also MC GQ calling for the rewind. Gives me chills just thinking about it… If you heard that and still didn’t get Jungle I don’t think this music is for you. There was also a great DJ SS remix of this that uses more of a dred bass reverse bass vibe, worth checking out for sure.

Renegade – Terrorist

Ray Keith and Nookie on the controls for this anthem. What set this track apart was the fact it was one of the jungle tunes to use a bass different to the standard flat 808 kick sound. The hoover bass as it was known, and still sounds fresh now. Starting the track off with a wicked delayed piano line and that bass coming in made this a perfect intro tune. Still goes off today as it did back then.

 

So there you have it. An impeccable selection from an esteemed artist. For a chance to hear these bad boy riddimz and have a jolly good boogie then come and join us for the Hospitality Bristol BBQ XL in July. Go on, it’d be rude not.

Words by Danny Byrd & Ed Priest

Posted 18th April 2017 in Features, Uncategorized

HITD After Party at Fabric 14.04.17: They Closed It, you Saved It. Hospitality Returns!

Where to even begin?

You don’t need us to tell you what Fabric is or how much we love the place, but maybe the reasons why we love it deserve a bit more of an explanation.

It would be easy to simply say it is the best club in London (or even the world) without needing an explanation, however the beauty of Fabric is that it has not felt the pressure to change from its jungle roots since it opened almost 18 years ago. Looking for a night of raucous raving? Fabric. Interested in what new artists are coming through the scene? Fabric! Over its three rooms you can find a different and unique vibe in each one, every week. Adapting to a constantly changing genre can be disorientating for some venues, but not for Fabric. New artists with new sounds are forever being birthed and given their rite of passage to packed out rooms of all ages making it an experience that is unlikely to be forgotten.

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When jungle first spilled onto the streets of London in the early 90’s, electronic bass music took a sharp turn from the mainstream and enticing a new breed of DJ. Artists such as Dillinja and Lemon D arrived on the scene to give pop culture a punch in the chest, with massive drops and pulverising bass that had until that point not been utilised by popular music. Venues such as Paradise in Islington became a hot spot for the post-hardcore crowd who wanted to experience something closer to the fringes of current trends. More venues across London began to pop up and introduce dedicated nights, such as Rage nights hosted every Thursday at Heaven in Charing Cross and Thunder & Joy at the Astoria. The scene was taking off and drawing crowds from the Acid House movement it began it’s dominance of nightclubs through the decade.

 

 

Now it wasn’t until ’99 that our favourite club opened its doors in a quiet road in Farringdon, with Craig Richards and Terry Francis as their resident DJ’s. It had opened at the same time as another club called Home which, at the time, had enlisted Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling to play regular sets. As Fabric themselves have written ‘while Home took out full-page ads in glossy magazines, Fabric’s marketing was resolutely understated’, and this idea of going against the grain has stayed consistent with Fabric to this day. Clubs that opened at the same time have all now shut their doors, but Fabric remains as a focal point for electronic music lovers. What set Fabric apart from mainstream dance clubs was the distinct lack of glitz and glamour, no dress code, no dressing to impress. It was focussed on the experience of losing yourself in a crowd of like-minded music lovers, dazzled by the epic light shows that were displayed in each room with a constant stream of breakthrough electronic acts. The ‘marketing strategy’ was literally down to flyering and the occasional poster you would see around the capital with the slightly mysterious, although now synonymous, cut out club logo which would seek to intrigue punters to find out more. Before long it was the destination for bass nights with every weekend more epic than the last.

 

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Now we at Hospitality have a particularly close relationship with the guys and girls at fabric and many a-story to tell. After our last show in 2012 which was an absolute riot with a very young Fred V & Grafix as well as S.P.Y and Camo & Krooked, we couldn’t wait to come back. However it seemed that the chance of playing at Fabric again had been taken away from us. In our complacency to book the club again we didn’t realise that their was an impending inquiry that would threaten Fabric’s very existence. It was with with a massive shock we learned that Fabric would close its doors for the final time in September 2016 due to Islington council revoking its licence. The decision was backed by the Met police as, according to both authorities, the club had been the cause of two drug related deaths of two 18 year old patrons. Whilst the news of the two young men who had lost their lives was devastating to hear, the decision had been made that fabric was responsible and the public outcry was immense. Within hours of their licence being revoked the organisers at fabric being work on a campaign to bring the club back, requesting help from punters, organisers and artists to rally together to #savefabric.

 

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Within hours the entire world was set ablaze with passionate posts across social media, DJ’s pledging their support and beseeching their fans to do the same. DJ Goldie said to Channel 4 News ‘when you look at all the clubs that have closed down over the years, Fabric is the Goliath’. He went on to passionately describe just some of the epic nights that he’s had there as well as ‘feeling sorry for the kids of tomorrow’ as they would be unable to experience and learn from what Fabric has to offer. The petition that was started gained over 150,000 signatures in a matter of days urging the council to repeal their decision with both #savefabric and #saveourculture trending on Twitter for weeks. The first appeal was dismissed at a council meeting despite dozens of protestors being in attendance, including the Hospitality crew. The point that was trying to be made was fabric is not just a club, or just a place to go and jump around a bit, fabric is a staple for music in London and has spurred on young musicians for almost 20 years. It mustn’t close, it cannot, for the British music institution would struggle to recover. The pressure on Islington council was steadily ramping up to a fever pitch, even London Mayor Sadiq Khan took to the media to express his opinion: ‘As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ‎going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.’ Well said Mr Mayor, we couldn’t agree more. It was now the combination of the worldwide support, plus our Mayor being behind us that we, the public, had a legitimate voice in this fight and on December 2nd fabric officially announced they would be reopening in the new year.

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If you haven’t already guessed by now, we’re rather fond of this place. The chance to play in its hallowed rooms again for our official Hospitality in the Dock Afterparty on April 14th is a dream come true, especially since we thought this moment would never happen again. You might have heard before that you only miss something when it’s gone and while it’s cliché there is a certain truth to it. Fabric was on the edge of extinction but you saved it, making it one for the history books. Our opportunity to bring Hospitality back to Fabric is something we’re incredibly excited about, with another huge lineup and a big dose of nostalgia, make sure you’re there to witness Hospitality’s resurgence with the one and only fabric.

See you April 14th!

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Words by Andy Napleton

Posted 3rd March 2017 in Blog, Features