Drum and Bass | Dubstep | EDM
Tiger Beer’s ‘Hidden Depths’ series continues at East London’s XOYO with one of the UK’s biggest independent label success stories – Hospital Records.
The ‘Hidden Depths of Hospital’ features a headline performance from jungle / house pioneer Photek, who’ll be returning to London for the first time in years to perform an exclusive ‘Modus Operandi’ set from his groundbreaking 1997 album of the same name. The entire set will be streamed live on www.factmag.com from 23:00–00:00 providing many people with their first chance to see one of the fathers of modern dance music play his seminal album.
Ahead of the show at XOYO next Wednesday, Hospital founders and label owners Tony ‘London Elektricity’ Colman and Chris Goss took part in an exclusive video interview to discuss the label’s beginnings, their experiments in ‘Lounge Core’ and headliner Photek’s exclusive set.
The show will also feature label figurehead High Contrast, new talent Fred V & Grafix, Hospital’s first ever signing Landslide, trusty mic-man MC Wrec, classic label artist Swell Session, new signing Other Echoes and label boss Chris Goss.
On the first floor of XOYO Hospital have also created a one-off retrospective installation to take fans through the 16-year history of Hospital Records.
Wednesday 25th July 2012 @ XOYO 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AW
Doors: 9:00pm – 2am │ Advance Tickets £5
PHOTEK (MODUS OPERANDI SET)
Photek stands mercilessly on the edge. A sonic scientist, pushing both his sounds and fans expectations to the outermost limits since 1994, he floods the footnotes of electronica like MP3s clutter up your hard drive. He was there when Goldie declared it drum & bass but to this day he still prefers the term jungle. His major label link with Virgin is the blueprint of how things once were; endless time and budget-free worries led to 'Modus Operandi'. A conceptual experiment of time and emotive atmospherics, it pushed the drum & bass template to the edge. Hospital are honoured to welcome Photek back to perform a “Modus Operandi” set in what is the fifteenth year since it was first released.
The name High Contrast should need no introduction any more. As one of the label’s most iconic figures, the man otherwise known as Lincoln Barrett has impressed with no less than four artist albums since he signed exclusively to Hospital at the turn of the millennium. Responsible for shaping the contemporary D&B scene with his uplifting melodies and catchy vocal hooks, High Contrast has been an inspiration to many aspiring producers including latest signings Fred V & Grafix. Expect a decade of D&B to emerge from High Contrast’s set at Hidden Depths as he traverses the scene’s history.
FRED V & GRAFIX
Supporting the scene’s elders, originators and pioneers are current darlings of the UKF generation, Fred V & Grafix - the latest in a slew of signings to Hospital Records. Joining the Hospital family late last year, the fledgling stars are a pair of producers who have been working together for the past five years and have been hotly tipped by everyone from Zane Lowe to Annie Mac. They made their Hospital debut on the “Fifteen Years of Hospital Records” album last year with “Find My Way” and have also stunned with high profile remix work.
MC WREC MC Wrec has been a Hospital lynchpin since the early days. A particular stage companion of London Elektricity, Nu:Tone and Logistics, MC Wrec’s lyrical dexterity combined with his ability to hype up the crowd has meant that he has been a go-to MC for the label for many years now, responsible for hosting Hospitality events across the UK and beyond.
Hospital’s first proper signing, Tim Land a.k.a Landslide is a true pioneer and one of the unsung heroes of UK bass music. The ground breaking “Drum And Bossa” album in 1999 saw him take D&B, garage and Latin rhythms in new directions, while his later remixes have been cited by the likes of Oris Jay, Skream, and Benji B as true influences in what became known as dubstep.
Musical polymath Andreas Saag first appeared on Hospital Records under his “Swell Session” guise at the tender age of nineteen on the very first “Outpatients” compilation. Hailing from Gothenberg in Sweden, he has gone on to pursue an incredible career; his latest album featuring collaborations with such industry heroes as Domu, Mr Scruff, Jimster and Mark De Clive Lowe. When Swell Session hits the decks, expect some deep musicality to ensue.
The younger sibling of Hospital’s Nu:Tone and Logistics, Other Echoes has recently been thrown into the spotlight as an emerging new talent following his release on the “Sub 150” compilation earlier this year. With a distinctively melodic take on bass music, Other Echoes’ mature production has earned him a place on the Hidden Depths line up as we look to the future of the label.
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