Review: Metrik has long been one of Hospital Records' most intriguing artists - a producer whose weighty, punchy and futuristic take on drum and bass draws on a wider palette of influences (think Depeche Mode, Bjork, synth-wave, the Prodigy, film soundtracks and so on) than many of his contemporaries. These varied influences have inspired his work for some time, though rarely quite as obviously as on new album "Ex Machina", his third LP. Bold, heavily electronic and undeniably rugged, the set includes a range of instrumentals and vocal tracks rich in sparkling synth sounds, aggressive riffs, booming basslines and, of course, bustling D&B rhythms. Highlights include "Closer", the trance-influenced "We Are The Energy", the dreamy ambient flex of "Ascension" and the simmering, string-laden beauty of "Shadows".
Camo & Krooked - "Turn Up (The Music)" (Pola & Bryson remix)
Mountain - "Hexagram"
Keeno - "Try To Love Me"
Askel & Elere - "Shy"
Impish - "White Pony"
Unglued - "Middle Finger" (feat MC LowQui)
Missing - "Junglist Nation"
Think Tonk - "Mus'Be Mad"
Crate Classics - "Jumpon Sounds"
Review: Hospitality is one of the longest running drum & bass labels in the game. When they throw a house party, you want to be there. An so it proves with this new mixed CD from the London behemoth. It is Nu Tone who steps up to make the selections, and he does a stylish job of sequencing them into a right old rave up that will get you dancing on the spot, wherever you hear it. All the big names feature from SPY to Polaris, Kings of the Rollers to My Nu Leng, meaning the stylist variation is fresh and you stay locked throughout.