Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. The label started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss from their West London studio / HQ primarily as a way of releasing their own music, under the London Elektricity moniker. Since then, Tony and Chris have signed some of history’s all time great producers and have set their imprint as one of the leading drum’n’bass labels, not only in the UK, but world-wide.
Hospital Records was not the only creation from Tony and Chris. They also formed a house/funk, called Galactic Disco, at the same time as they started Hospital. They did many releases on this as on this label, all under many different monikers. However, in 1998 when Hospital Records started making serious waves in the drum’n’bass world, Galactic Disco was put on the shelf.
As Hospital began, mainly for Tony and Chris to release their own music, it was signing some consistently delivering acts that really began to set them apart.
Danny Byrd is no doubt one of the most respected and talented persons in the world of d’n’b. Danny’s impeccable ear for nailing r’n’b vocals gained instant acclaim one the decks of the great Fabio Wednesday nights at “The Velvet Room” Danny’s records go to beatport.com number one d’n’b slot every release.
High Contrast is and will continue to be one of the masters of full-length releases in drum’n’bass. His first, ‘True Colours’ was amazing and technically perfect. Then two years later ‘High Society’ smashed it with the two hit singles ‘Basement Track and ‘Racing Green’ getting played everywhere from daytime Radio 1 to the Notting Hill Carnival. After his third album, ‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’ Link and Hospital earned the Essential Mix of the Year.
With High Contrast and Danny Byrd as the label’s anchors, we see Hospital picking up some new blood. Netsky and Camo & Krooked are holding the Hospital flag high. C&K have the number one drum’n’bass download on beatport.com with their smash hit ‘Breezeblock’.
Even with all the record sales and spins, Hospital was still keeping well ahead of the curve with, London Elektricity’s Hospital Podcast was indeed a massive success. Attracting 50,000 downloads every show; the podcast went on to win the BT Digital Music Award for best podcast three years running; 2006, 2007 & 2008.
Hospital continues to use their publishing company, Songs in the Key of Knife, to get their music synced to film, commercial and gaming licensing. Right now, Key Of Knife has two tracks in the brand new Menhaj Huda film “Everywhere + Nowhere”. Logistics “Eastern Promise” and “Seven Notes in Black” by High Contrast both feature in the film, which is about one man’s journey as DJ.
You can also listen to their new stuff on Hospital’s radio show that can always be accessed on line.
Of course if you are fortunate enough to live in London or happen to be visiting you could take advantage of ‘Hospitality’. This is a flyer for the next one. Too bad I will not be going… Even if you cannot go you can still buy copies of some of the shows from their website.
As Hospital continues forward with all the releases, merch, podcasts, twitterings and unbelievable shows they will continue to be a monstrous force in the world of drum’n’bass, and I for one, have loved every minute of it!