In a venue that to many has become a second home, Hospital Records once again took Fabric by storm in what promised to be a showcase for drum and bass in 2011.
Tony Colman's label fast became more than a mere record label. The Hospital franchise has hit the world of music hard leaving its own H shaped dent since 1996, branching out over seas as far as Tokyo. After the success of the sell out Hospitality at Brixton SW9 how were the Hospital crew going to start 2011 following an explosive 2010 seeing Hospital's first UK chart success with Bath's own Danny Byrd sneaking in the UK singles chart at #36.
On arrival the queue said it all, London was more than ready for the stars of Hospital that were tearing Fabric apart inside. A packed room one saw London Elektricity arouse an already involved crowd, playing what can only be described as an elaborate selection of drum and bass put together by a true star of the genre. Who better to warm the crowd for the next set, a set that was being dubbed as 'The power hour'.
Danny Byrd's explosive style of mixing sent the room into a frenzy. The set featured his love for the nineties rave sound which heavily influenced his second studio album 'Rave Digger'. The Byrd displayed just why it was London loved his sound, with more VIPs than you could shake a stick at, including VIPs of massive tracks such as 'Ill Behaviour' and 'Tonight'.
In a complete change of vibe, the Soundboy superstar Shy Fx smashed up the dancefloor opening with a medley of reggae classics. Showcased within the hour were some of Soundboy's latest remixes and of course the classics everyone associates with Shy FX himself.
Room Two played host to the dark gripping basslines of the Bristol based trio Koan Sound. A set that hit all the right notes dropping their distinctive sounds through to LTJ Bukem. Earlier that night names such as Emalkay and Roska had the room in bits. Other sets included Cyantific and Nu:Tone in room one as well as London Elektricity in room three with a Med School set and Med School's latest talent Joe Syntax.
Fabric played host to the Hospitality that gave London a glimpse of the big things to come in 2011 for drum and bass and dubstep. The label that brought these sounds to the forefront of music celebrates its fifteenth birthday in April, returning to the infamous o2 Brixton academy SW9. With the line up yet to be announced, that is one birthday party not to miss.
Reviewed (and attended) by Jimmy Bowman.
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Hospitality Brixton April 22nd
Photo: Tom Chambers