Posts Tagged ‘Jungle’

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!

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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.

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Words by Andy Napleton

Posted 3rd March 2017 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Best of Dillinja

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As we are sure you are very much aware, we have a riches of talent lined up for you at Hospitality In The Dock and one of the crown jewels for this showcase is the D&B demigod that is Dillinja.

As one of the pioneers of jungle and drum & bass, Dillinja has played an integral role in defining and pushing the sound from its creation right to this very day. With his world renowned Valve sound-system he has been duppying dances for decades, and to celebrate his classics set at HITD, we are going to pick out a few of our personal favourites from his esteemed discography. Whittling down the list of tracks to a 5 piece was no easy feat, and we encourage you to comment your favourites in the comments section below. Enjoy!

5. Silver Blade

Kicking things off we have ‘Silver Blade’, an aptly named weapon of a tune, as this one is guaranteed to slaughter dance floors. Dark and intimidating, this upfront jungle tracks rolling bass hits combined with the harsh snares are guaranteed to keep you moving. With a beautiful breakdown juxtaposed by an equally aggressive second drop, Dillinja was definitely onto something special when he made this track. Released in 1997 on Grooveriders ‘The Prototype Years’, this track is an exemplary case of the transition and amalgamation between jungle and D+B that was happening at this time, and Dillinja, as always set the tone and level, incredibly high.

4. Sovereign Melody

At number four we have a symphony of pure beauty, less aggressive than the former track, but equally as fierce. Sovereign Melody is jungle music at it’s finest. Atmospheric, funky, and simply oozing with vibes. This is the kind of song we imagine is played at St Peters gates as you ascend into heaven, creating a blissful sense of elation. This track on wax can set you back up to £120 in Discogs and it’s no wonder why. This collectors classic is a pure weapon, one with the ability to morph any crowds state of mind into one of perfect joy. 

3. Friday

Switching things up slightly for number 3 we’ve got the legendary Friday from Dillinja under his alias ‘Capone’. As D&B began to form as a separate entity from Jungle music from 1996, this transition was truly marked during 1998, and few songs personify this transition so perfectly as Friday. With a rolling 2 step drum break going hand in hand with some wickedly wobbly bass stabs, this 98’ anthem still leaves crowds begging for more and is still a weapon in many top DJs arsenals today.

2. Sky

At second place we’ve got Sky, another perfect example of why Dillinja is still the king to so many people. Incredible drum work and twangy synths all amalgamate to create an upbeat and energetic track that could rival any number of jungle/D+B classics. Again, at nearly 22 years old this song remains as lethal as ever. One of the first releases on Philly Blunt, this tune (along with Muthaf*cka, another classic that only missed the cut by an inch) very much set the tone for things to come. Upfront and intimidating on the A side, and rolling groove on the AA,  Dillinja seriously set some levels with this release and it very much stood the test of the time.

1. The Angels Fell

At number one we have one of the greatest jungle records of all time, and I am fully aware of how bold a claim that is. The Angels Fell is everything that is good about jungle all in one track, full of atmosphere, incredible drum work, warm bass stabs and progression that keeps you holding on for more. This isn’t a track one can easily stop playing once it begins to spin. Making it onto the Metalheadz platinum series, the other tracks that came along with it the first time around are far from filler either. Ja Know Ya Big and Brutal Bass represented the B-side for the original record and these tracks weren’t far off the top 5 either. The Angels fell clinches the number one spot in terms of individual track, and the release MET006 is one of the best records to have ever come out of a pressing factory. Perfection.

And there you have it, a handpicked selection of Dillinjas greatest compositions. This was no easy task and reducing his discography the 5 tracks was no easy feat so we encourage you to share your top five in the comments section below.

We can’t wait for The Dock, and Dillinja is very much a big part of why it’s going to be a truly special occasion. He’s set to headline the Jungle Jam x We Love Jungle stage alongside the likes of Fabio and Grooverider, Uncle Dugs b2b Remarc and S.P.Y & Nu:Tone with a special jungle set. All this plus a host of more amazing talent across loads of stages with the mighty Noisia trio headlining proceedings with their incredible Outer Edges showcase.

Words Ed Priest

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Posted 3rd January 2017 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Junglists are you ready?

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As you’re probably aware, we’re following up the immense success of Hospitality In The Park with another all day D+B special at east London’s Tobacco Dock on 14th April! What began as a hub of commerce has converged into a truly multi-purpose venue for all manner of things from large-scale corporate trade fairs to world leading dance events.

It’s of course the latter which drew us to this incredible venue, and for such an esteemed location we felt it only right to bring a suitably prestigious set of artists under one roof. Having partnered with LWE, who helped launch the Dock into such a respected club-culture venue, you can expect the highest quality when it comes to production and sound. Transformation is a key philosophy for LWE, morphing empty and blank spaces into artistic and musical meccas for all manner of occasions. Their consistency in quality has seen them emerge as one of the most respected promoters in the capital.

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With the host of quality working alongside us it’s only necessary to boost fire with fire. Already we’ve announced some sterling Hospital residents including Fred V & Grafix, London Elektricity (with a 21 Years of Hospital showcase), Nu:Logic and Maduk B2B Danny Byrd. With a star-studded line-up like this, we’ve sorted something equally exciting for the Little Gallery. Bringing through true D+B roots to the Dock are the north’s Jungle Jam & We Love Jungle!

Jungle Jam have been bringing legendary jungle-filled line ups to Leeds for over a decade! Respecting both the old-skool roots and nu-skool flavours, Jungle Jam combine both classic and contemporary with unparalleled success, and have earnt their stripes as kings of the Yorkshire Jungle scene. With their spiritual homeland being the Mint Warehouse in Leeds, Jungle Jam has recruited just about every household Jungle name you could imagine: Adam F, Dillinja, Bad Company, Congo Natty, Remarc, DJ Hype and Total Science to name a few. However, that being said, Jungle Jam are no one trick ponies. By incorporating roots, hip-hop and 140 into their lineups, it’s led them to be a truly respected and established music brand, promoting diverse, forward thinking attitudes, keeping an open mind yet still keeping true to the junglist roots.

 

Joining us alongside Jungle Jam are We Love Jungle, a collective of like-minded junglists who seek to keep the fire burning strong, promoting all manner of things jungle: from events, competitions, merchandise and even awards. Teaming up with a number of promoters and labels across the nation, We Love Jungle represent a unified front and are the force behind the annual We Love Jungle Awards, which celebrate the international talent involved in keeping jungle music alive and kicking. Their website is a jungle hub playing with the latest news, videos, mixes and interviews from a number of different people within the scene.

This amalgamation of minds has resulted in a heavyweight arsenal of selectors all under one roof, proving Hospitality in the Dock will be a monumental night for every proud junglist, check out the legendary jungle dons that have already been announced in the video below!

With a revered duo of jungle promoters alongside the trademark Hospital flavour, HITD is looking to be one for the history books. Tickets are on sale now, you can purchase via the the link below as well as joining the event on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you all there and remember to stay locked into the Hospitality blog for more announcements!

 

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 22nd November 2016 in Blog, Features

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