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Following his widely appraised ‘Shadows and Silhouettes’ LP, Hugh Hardie’s latest offering is his most unique to date. During isolation, the Bristol-based producer set himself a challenge to write a new track from scratch every day for 7 days birthing the ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ project. For what would be a daunting process for many creatives, Hugh explained that the time limit “made it impossible to procrastinate or overthink decisions” – allowing his ideas to come to fruition more fluidly. Continuing to showcase his sonic diversity, ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ is home to soulful liquid funk, sub-heavy new wave jungle and minimal yet deep drum & bass bangers.
Setting the bar high from the offset, the week began with the creation of ‘Back & Forth’ which sees melancholic arpeggios and captivating pad hits rest delicately above signature rolling breakbeats. The EP varies between old school jungle influences on ‘Klaxon’ and soothing vocal chops contrasting coherently with gated synths as that much-loved Hospital loungecore style shines through in Day 4’s ‘CNK’.
Teaming up with the acclaimed duo Pola & Bryson for Day 6, ‘Bending Light’ consists of elegant flourishes and heartfelt strings. For the final day, Hugh upped the challenge by deciding to not use any loops or samples, instead making use of his hardware synths and microphone to record the purrs and meows of his cat Gretchen to create pads and a bass line for the aptly titled, ‘Gretchen Bass’. This techy stepper is a perfect round off to a successful week of music-making. As Hugh said himself – “Sometimes all you need is a microphone and a cat”.
Hugh Hardie’s ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ project displays the versatility of his production and creative ability. Making the most of his time in isolation, Hugh attempted to demonstrate the numerous benefits of staying at home during these difficult times, when the world needs music more than ever.
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For the 419th episode of the Hospital Podcast, London Elektricity takes you through some of the new tracks from Hugh Hardie’s unique ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ project and also the new single ‘Zephyr (feat. Ruth Royal)’ by Grafix! On top of all this expect to hear brand new drum + bass from the likes of Bungle, Voltage and more!
Particle – Business Techno
Mountain – Kyoto
Grand Unified – Music Makes Me Feel This Way
Grafix – Zephyr (feat. Ruth Royal)
Mefjus & Noisia – Foundations
Bungle – Moving Pages
Hugh Hardie – Day 1: Back & Forth
Calibre – When Sunday Goes
Hugh Hardie – Day 3: Klaxon
Lynch Kingsley – Distance Between Soundwaves
Dogger, Mindstate, Liam Bailey – Holding Back (feat. DRS)
Voltage – Space Station
Hugh Hardie – Day 2: Loose Leaf
Alpha Rhythm – Wardenfell (Demo Of The Week)
Voltage – Cold Air
Arcatype – Mind Loop
Jonny L – 1 n 2
Original Sin – Rewind
Tatora – Believe
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‘Back & Forth’ ft. Armanni Reign
Released 19th October
Having risen to prominence as one third of the Legion & Logam trio, Logam is no stranger to making waves in the musical world. His first non-solo release on Program – vocal roller ‘House Of Cards’ – caught the rightful attention of some of dance music’s most influential tastemakers. In addition to this accompanied success, it has also been Logam’s independent talents which have helped him go from strength to strength over the last twelve years. His immense skill has seen him work in collaboration with old-school veteran Mayhem and set up his own label (Santoku Records). But now he’s set to release a record which is the latest addition to Program’s highly sought-after catalogue.
‘Back & Forth’ features the fierce, gutsy vocals of Armanni Reign, his signature tones nestled in amongst the tune’s ever-developing, carefully constructed multiplex of audio. Concurrent with the rising tension and complexity of the soundscape, they intensify: Reign’s voice stretches to its furthest heights where it underpins evocative builds towards some mighty crescendos. Despite its simple lyrical base, the tune’s speedy, kicking percussion conjures up an otherworldly level of liveliness: its core is punctuated by sawing, deep-bass dips and powerful, punching synth notes.
From more exotic beginnings which feature subtle Djembe drumbeats, the sudden interjection of a crisp, tumbling bassline acts as a sign of what’s to come. Logam throws us expertly into the deepest, darkest corners of the drum and bass realms, from which there’s no escape bar an evocative, still-frantic central break. ‘Back & Forth’ is just one example of the artist’s ability to deliver abounding versatility with every new addition to his musical collection. So once again, it’s to time get with the Program and prepare yourself for massive energy whilst into the limitless world of Logam.
It was one of the most talked about and played beats of the year and with ‘Back & Forth’ he’s picking up right where ‘Terminal’ left off. Known for his soulful guitar licks and deft liquid touch, Karma’s ability to grind out these gnarly stompers is uncanny. ‘Back & Forth’ rumbles into view like an oncoming army, skitty drums popping off like warning shots with a battle cry of ‘Drop It’.
The flip is the delectable ‘Silhouettes’. Straight vibes from the outset, it’s the perfect contrast to ‘Back & Forth’. The girl next door vocals of Emmy J Mac wrap themselves round you like a warm embrace as the sun sets on another festival season. This will no doubt be the anthem for lost lovers and magical moments on beaches around Europe in 2014.
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