This past week I had the joy of welcoming Hospital Records to the San Francisco Bay Area. The premier London based drum and bass label have been noted for being on top of the game. Taking their expertise to the States is a journey that is one not to be missed. Keeping drum and bass alive in America is one hell of a task, but the stop in San Francisco proved the scene is at a high. Taking place at the famed 1015 Folsom, this multi leveled venue set the perfect mood for such a night. With each room and level having their own lineup, the main room acts of the night included SF residents Bachelors of Science and Flaco followed by Hospital Records very own Metrik, Nu:Tone and MC Dynamite.
Getting the mood set was Flaco and Bachelors of Science. These guys stayed true to their sound and have helped gain popularity for Drum and Bass in the area. With the heavy yet soothing sounds to lay it out in the beginning of the night was just enough for a warm up – but easily could've had more. As the room filled and the dance floor began to heavily move around, the night was setting up perfectly. MC Dynamite took the stage to welcome everyone and Nu:Tone on decks. Since signing with Hospital back in 2003, he has set the bars high with intelligence in the studio as well on stage. Giving the crowd the melodic vibe while slowly gaining bpms over time was a perfect tool to use. Brining us into a journey of sound – looking around I could feel the love this music brought.
Nu:Tone played a whole range of originals and remixes including massive tracks from his recent album Future History. Dynamite brought the crowd and stage to life as a true MC should. Some might be turned off by the work of MC's, but Dynamite does it well and shows his passion to a high extent. The night was in full effect as Metrik came on. A shift to amped up levels brought each person in the crowd to a frenzy. This man illuminated the night and shook the venue to a proper drum and bass state. Being only signed to Hospital for 3 years, it's sets like this that prove his stance. Originals like Freefall and many other from his Universal Language album had the crowd going nuts.
Nights like this show how alive drum and bass is in America and why it can never be stopped. The Hospital Records USA was one not to be missed. Having San Francisco be the last tour date, it was a pleasure to have the artists show their love. Huge thank you to the entire Hospital Records team for having EDM Sauce out and thank you to everyone involved!
Metrik on Facebook | Soundcloud | Official Site
Nu:Tone on Facebook | Soundcloud | Official Site
Photos by Vilen G