Drum and bass star Krakota knows Hospital Records as well as nearly anyone else out there, so who better to take the reins and lead our investigation into the label’s most seminal works? Having released on London Elektricity’s heralded imprint with three of his most recent releases, Sebastian Inwood has had a first hand view of the ins and outs of Hospital’s inner circle, and as one of the brightest young drum and bass producers around, his Krakota alias holds plenty of prestige. Looking for ten of the very best from one of the top labels in the field, we asked him to cast his judgement over the Hospital Records essentials.
High Contrast - If We Ever
I remember buying this on vinyl in 2007, arguably one of Hospitals biggest tracks and one of my favourites from High Contrast.
Logistics – Together
Again, one of the biggest tunes on the label and a certified classic, it's pretty much perfect in every way. An amazing example of many different elements and samples coming together to make an incredible roller that just works.
Cyantific – Disconnected
I remember first hearing this around 2006 and thinking "who the hell made that!?" and I couldn't put my finger on which artist it could be. Turns out it was Cyantific, absolute banger. Still play it out now. VIP is also great.
Logistics - Krusty Bass Rinser
Proper stinker here, I kinda overlooked this when it came out, but it grew on me over the years, great example of a Bristol roller.
Q Project - Credit Crunch
I still draw for this now, it's rough jungle with that classic Q Project sound.
Sigma - Paint It Black
Another classic for me here, a real feel-good tune with some wicked sampling. One of the lead tracks on the original sick music compilation.
High Contrast - Make It Tonight
A great example of HC's incredible ear for sampling. Love this track, rolls on for over 8 minutes and never gets boring.
London Elektricity - Different Drum (Photek remix)
An absolute killer remix from Photek, I love the original too, but the bass really makes this a killer tune to play out, will definitely be making an appearance in my 21 years of hospital set in September.
Nu:Tone - Beliefs
Super funky classic bit of Nu:Tone, pretty sure this was the first time I heard Pat Fulgoni, and he absolutely nailed the vocal. I own and cherish the clear orange 12'' :)
Danny Byrd - Shock Out
This track ticks all the boxes for me, has such a wicked old skool jungle feel to it, but bought perfectly up to date. A timeless classic.
Krakota plays a special 21 years of Hospital Records DJ set at Hospitality in the Park on Saturday 23rd September, joining the likes of My Nu Leng, Roni Size, Danny Byrd and dozens more at Finsbury Park. You can also catch Hospitality in Exeter at Lockdown Festival, as well as Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham over the coming months.
Photo courtesy of Chelone Wolf
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