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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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Posted 10th August 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Young Guns

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Music is a long game. Honing your sound, perfecting your performance and reaching your audience all take monumental levels of dedication, hard work and of course skill (a bit of luck always helps too). We at Hospital recognize how important it is to nurture the next generation of artists, whether they be fledgling DJs, or, established producers who haven’t quite got the hype they deserve. To combat these concerns we have created a stage for these budding artists to take flight. I am, of course, talking about ‘The Incubator’. Aptly named, this stage was designed to provide talented artists a platform to earn greater recognition. Names for the headz today, but the headliners of tomorrow.

 

ATYK

 

The first fine fellas featuring on our list of premium future D+B real estate (In A-Z order) is ATYK. Picked up by MTA their diverse blend of Breaks, Grime and Trap sees them heralded as a true potential pioneer of a new sound. With singles on MTA and Skankandbass, the future is exciting for this duo.

GLXY

 

GLXY have been making some excellent movements in the last 18 months. With tracks racking up some serious hits on channels like UKF, Drum & Bass Arena and Liquicity, their blend of soulful and deep D+B has seen them heralded as some of the most exciting new prospects. We look forward to hearing more.

In:Most

 

Rolling on through is In:Most, Soulvent records newest protege. This is your trademark Liquid artist. Hailing from Cambridge, these guys have collaborated with fellow Cambridge man Logistics and have seen their tracks premiered on Ninja Ninja and Drum & Bass Arena. With the future looking bright, we await with keen anticipation to see how they shut down the Incubator stage this year.

 Unglued

 

Now few represent the Incubator as well as Unglued, previously known as Josh Brown. Since earning his place on the Incubator line-up, this Brighton-based House and Techno producer has morphed into a new musical identity. Having switched his style up, you can expect to hear some D+B from this young gun very soon…

Kyrist

 

Next up is one of the most exciting new producers on the scene. With releases on Dispatch, Addictive Behaviour and more to come, Kyrist has been a breath of fresh air in the Tech D+B scene, and repping it for the galdem too! One of my personal favorites on this list, we expect nothing but great things to happen under the Kyrist banner.

Lurch

 

One of the most diverse producers on our list is Lurch. A versatile range of musical stylings encompass from up front, rollers and liquid, he manages to merge his sounds into different areas without compromising his own production identity, something to be proud of so big up yourself Lurch. Releases on Liquid V, Soul Deep, Intrigue and Flexout, there’s not much this guy can’t do.

Matti Limitless

 

The following chap knows no limits, you could, in fact, say he is limitless. A man with no boundaries, Matti Limitless is the head honcho of Limitless Recordings and the man behind the monolith musical channel ‘Liquid Musick’. Having cemented himself as an exquisite DJ warming up for London Elektricity at Hospitality In The Dock, we look forward to seeing how he brings the vibes come September 23rd.

Soul Motion & Colossus

 

Fellow Limitless Recordings artists ‘Soul Motion & Colossus’ will be joining their label honcho at the Incubator stage this year. Known for their soulfully elegant sounds, they manage to manifest a classic sound with contemporary fusion that gives them a unique identity, although separate producers, they often join forces, and we are very glad they do.

Submorphics

 

Submorphics is one of the most established artists in the Incubator stage. Hailing all the way from the US, and able to boast releases on SGN:LTD, Metalheadz and Liquid V, his groovy basslines and rolling drums will keep any D+B purist well and truly satisfied. You know when Calibre remixes your music that you’re doing a pretty bang up job…

T>I

 

Last, but certainly not least is new badman on the block T>I. With releases on Serial Killaz, Natty Dub, Murky Digital, Yard Rock, Boom Sound AND his keenly anticipated single ‘All I Do’ forthcoming on Randalls very own Mac II digital, this is one of the hottest prospects in the D+B world at the moment. Having his tracks supported by Randall, Kings Of The Rollers, Serial Killaz and other titans of the game, it’s no wonder this man has been selected for incubation, as he is ready to blow.

And there you have it. A comprehensive account of all the young guns ready to unload their weapons at this years Hospitality In The Park. Witness the bigness that is soon to come from all these talented people.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 6th July 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Dinner is Served

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The combination of food and music that is so revered by us good guys & gals at Hospital is well documented. With a history of BBQ events and a keen eye for nothing but the finest of foods, this policy is being put into overdrive for Hospitality In The Park with a record breaking 12 different street food vendors.

As commissar of cuisine, it is with great honour, and with a growling gut, that I outline the multitudinous menus that will be on offer come September the 23rd. The first 4 have already been discussed in great detail and if you missed out you can read about them here. But if you’re up to date, then prepare to chow down on some serious knowledge. Reading on empty stomachs is ill advised.

 

DOSA DELI

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The fact a foreign food can be lauded as Britains national dish is a testimony to the quality of Indian dining. Although skipping the Curry this time around, the good folks at Dosa Deli peddle nothing but the finest South-Indian street food. Priding themselves on pushing grub that is healthy, affordable and homemade, they seek to highlight that (without being vegetarians themselves) you don’t always need meat to have a mouth-watering dish for the ages.

For those who may be unaware, the ‘Dosa’, is the Indian take on the crepe. Native to South-India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, these rice and lentil filled crispy pancakes are as delicious are they are simple. However, at Dosa Deli, they have knocked it up another notch. The two staple Dosa you can expect to gorge yourself on will be the ‘Chilli Cheese Dosa Wrap’ – stuffed with Paneer cheese, tomato & roasted channa dhal chutney, fresh red onions and tamarind apple and date chutney. Woi. Following suit but this time Vegan friendly, is the ‘Mysore Masala Dosa Wrap’. Consisting of a stuffed dosa with potato masala, garlic peanut and chilli crumble and fresh red onions. Woi-oi-oi.

Healthy, hearty and guilt-free. This is the way to do Indian street food.

 

THE CHEESE TRUCK

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We in the UK love our cheese. We may not quite have the precision of Parisians or the instinct of Italian cheese makers, our love is arguably more so in the form of appreciation over creation. However, these guys are the exception to the rule. With cheese festivals and markets as a staple in the capital and beyond (we even roll cheese down hills in the more remote regions of England) it is no wonder that some dairy delectation is on the cards.

As one of the youngest amongst our vendors at only 3 years old, the Cheese Truck has cemented itself as the finest dairy distributor in the game. Within 2 years it is estimated a total twenty tonnes of cheese has been shifted, constituting over 100,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. Dairy I guess how many more will be sold? Now, as cheesey as that pun was, it pales in comparison to the rich, creamy, cheesy goodness dished out by these smooth operators.

From Glastonbury to Dubai, the Cheese Truck is dedicated to distributing nothing but the best of British cheese, working closely with traditional and thoughtful farms to provide nothing but the finest Britain has to offer in the ever expanding world of cheese. Far from your standard cheese toasties, you can expect fantastic fillings such as ‘Keens Cheddar, Ogleshield & Onion’ (with option of Bacon), ‘Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Bacon & Pear Chutney’ (I do say), ‘Rosary Goats Cheese, Honey, Walnut & Rosemary Butter (Oosh) and ‘Queso Chihuahua Cheese, Spicy Chorizo & Rocket’ (Ay Chihuahua!).

The salivation is strong with this one.

 

EARLS

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A repeat offender at Hospital shows now. When a festival sandwich is hailed by Foreign Beggars and London Elektricity as one of the best cheese-steaks they’ve ever had, you know you’re in for one hell of a treat. Formed by a student of Jamie Oliver’s cooking school, this saucy sandwichery is focused on fusion and freshness. Combining classical dishes with contemporary flair, expect heaven in an artisan bun.

Now aside from sanctified sandwiches, they also deliver chicken wings that are so devilishly delicious, they have been entered into the UKs annual best chicken wing competition. The description by Dub Phizix’s hypeman of choice Strategy as ‘A slap in the face that comes from a place of preparation and love’ is, we believe, very high praise when it comes to hot wings. Nobody wants a plain wing, and everyone wants to feel loved. At Earls, you get it all.

With other food creations such as the ‘Kim Wrong Un’, ‘Ho Chi Mi’,  ‘Erdogant do Meat’ and the classic ‘Hoxton Cheesesteak’, the creative pizzazz is matched only by the culinary excellence that is imposed by every member of the Earls family. My dream is an Earls on every corner and a sandwich for every child. Viva La Cheesesteak.

 

LE BUN

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Firing out fusion on all cylinders yet again, this time we have the French-American burger behemoths that are ‘Le Bun’. Coming to the conclusion that French and American cuisine wasn’t as different than originally assumed, Andy Taylor and Tim Talbot joined forces and were swiftly picked up by the Times, Channel 4 and Sky 1 for their refreshing and exciting take on classic American dishes. Time Out deemed them as ‘Londons best street food traders’, Buzzfeed decreed them as the ‘Best burger in London’ and they were hailed as the ‘best truffle dish’ in London by the Evening Standard.

High praise, I am sure you will all agree. But what is it exactly that makes this burger joint so special. I mean, how exotic a burger can one create? A question, that Le Bun, has put to rest permanently.

Par exemple: ‘Le Bourguignon Bun’ consists of Beef shin, bourguignon glaze, bacon salt, truffle mayo, champagne slaw and all sits inside a brioche bun. Not your cup of tea? How about ‘Le Club’ an amalgamation of confit chicken, slow roasted tomatoes, bacon salt, gem lettuce, avocado, citrus maple dressing and truffle mayo, once again all resting inside a perfect brioche bun. Hot Dogs, Wings, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Tartiflette and even more Canapés. Bun the rest, get the best.

The menu is so extensive and so opulent that it was incredibly difficult to choose those two items to hype up, so why not just look at the entire menu here. I am making it my personal objective to try everything on the menu at least once or die trying. A noble cause if there ever was one.

And there you have it. Dinner is served. A multi-dimensional dining bonanza fit for the gods. The perfect accoutrement to the spectacular set of artists and DJs poised to play this years HITP, it is beyond all shadow of a doubt. So why not treat yourself to some of the finest music and food the nation has to offer and come down to Finsbury Park on September 23rd.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 27th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Drum & Bass Royalty

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The roller is the most supreme of drum & bass styles. Jam packed with energy, fast paced drums and constantly grooving basslines, they are guaranteed to cause carnage on the dancefloor. Many artists have created blissful and bestial rollers alike across the full spectrum of drum & bass, from Doc Scott, High Contrast, Ray Keith, Netsky, Ed Rush & Optical, Calibre, DJ Die etc. The list goes on. Liquid funk, Neurofunk, TechStep and Jungle. The roller is present throughout all these sub-disciplines within D+B.

Now, after many years, there has risen to prominence a triage of roller royalty. Boldly claiming the highly sought after epithet of ‘King Of The Rollers’. Individually they are Serum, Bladerunner and Voltage but together they form a musical sum greater than their parts, forging a rolling renegade of drum & bass that is set to take the future of the genre by storm.

As seasoned veterans individually, they can all boast a handful accolades within the sphere of D+B. Serum is currently one of the genres hottest pieces of production real estate, cultivating his own sound in a way that many people aspire to, but few achieve. Voltage is one of the most prolific DJs in the drum & bass scene, particularly catering to the Jump Up crowd and is headlining shows up and down the country week in, week out. Last but not least is Bladerunner, a key figure for Ray Keith’s Dread Recordings and creator of serious tunes for a long, long time from across the full board of D+B. 

Having played frequent B2B2B’s with one another they saw an opportunity to devise a fresh musical identity and seized it. Collaborative efforts in D+B are in no way a new concept. MIST:I:CAL, Scorpio, Teddy Killerz, Ram Trilogy and Urban Shakedown are all examples of separate producers joining forces for a combined musical venture. However this new triage is by far the most exciting new creation that has happened within the genre for some time. With each KOTR member bringing their unique flavours, yet without differing to such an extent, they have the potential to create the perfect rolling sonic entity. And we can’t fucking wait.

With a reputation as sterling as Hospitality In The Parks, given this new musical creation, we had to lunge at the chance to get these exemplary gentlemen to co-headline the Belgian D+B dons ‘Invaderz’ stage at this years festival. Having cemented itself as one of the UKs leading day parties, a leading line-up was required to keep the levels high, and what better way to than to employ the newly crowned rollings kings of D+B.

With Serum having recently launched his own ‘Souped Up’ records and Voltage & Bladerunner each set for a host of individual releases lined up in 2017, the future of the KOTR in terms of releases remains uncertain. Having released a Fabriclive mix which showcases a lot of the unsigned and forthcoming material, and a mix which premiered on Ninja Ninja, one thing we can be sure of is that the future is bright if you like your D+B up front, heavy and of course, rolling.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this terrific trifecta, make sure you get your ticket to Hospitality In The Park 2017 to witness the slickness these guys can deliver. They will be joined by other up front & jump up DJ’s including Guv, Turno & Dominator and Macky Gee on the epic Invaderz stage. Last year was incredible, this year will be better. Get involved!

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 9th June 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

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Posted 4th May 2017 in Features