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UKF – FOUR REASONS WHY HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK 2017 WAS AN ABSOLUTE BANGER

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Words by Dave Jenkins

“There’s no better feeling than being in the dance with your best mates and hearing a sick bassline drop. Nothing better in the world…”

Not our words; they’re the words of a buzzy young random from Bristol. He’s on his second ever rave and he’s decided to park his arse by us on some hay bales at the end of the night as we enjoy a last beer of the day and watch the happy Hospitalites bounce home through the gates. They’re walking like our new friend is talking. Situation? Vibey.

It’s been this way since the gates opened almost 12 hours ago: friendliness and positivity. It’s exactly what you should expect from any decent festival but there seemed to be an extra air of unity at this year’s Hospitality In The Park. This was potentially down to a combination of things…

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

Locked In The Dock: The Bad Company Resurgence

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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!

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 7th February 2017 in Blog, Features