Shadows & Silhouettes Hugh Hardie
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After a two year hiatus, Bristol-based Hugh Hardie returns with 13-stunning tracks on his second studio album, ‘Shadows & Silhouettes’. After the success of the ‘Colourspace’ LP, he’s continued to develop his drum & bass style, producing a plethora of beautiful summer liquid, slick drumfunk and smooth down-tempo beats. He’s teamed up with the high-rising talents Pola & Bryson, Silence Groove and Unglued, as well as singer-songwriters Emer Dineen, Cimone, Robert Manos and Charlie Brix.
Kicking things off is a glistening dose of summer soul, ‘Raindrops’ featuring London-based singer/songwriter Cimone. Calling back to the Hospital loungecore sound, this stunning liquid roller brings untold levels of elegancy with soothing piano and that feel-good flavour Hugh Hardie is loved for.
Another shade of Hugh Hardie’s latest musical design is ‘Resistance’. An unlikely pairing with Hospital’s young wildcard Unglued but this drum-heavy dancefloor monster has all the stand-out trimmings of a jungle banger with skittering synths and warped vocal cuts.
Back down the path of soul-filled drum & bass is ‘Endless’ featuring Emer Dineen, a voice recognised for her many features on London Elektricity’s own productions. Plus there’s ‘Negomi’, with its funky bassline riff and east-asian inspired string work.
In addition to an impressive array of solo D+B productions, ‘Shadows & Silhouettes’ also sees a special feature from Shogun Audio’s Pola & Bryson on ‘Siren’. Together they’ve created a real stand out moment of the album with this captivating garage / breaks 130BPM road trip.
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Bristol-based drum & bass producer and DJ, Hugh Hardie was first brought to the attention of Hospital Records with his track ‘Tearing Me Apart’. It was received incredibly and thus included in the celebratory Hospital ‘We Are 18’ compilation at the start of 2014.
Hugh’s smooth sounds are inspired by an eclectic mix of styles, from the trademark rolling style of Hospital veterans High Contrast, Nu:Tone and Logistics, all the way to neo-soul and R&B artists Eryka Badu and Musiq Soulchild.
Hugh Hardie has truly perfected the art of the liquid roller. His soulful production has rightly gained him support from some of the scene’s major players and his high octane DJing has secured him spots on some of the most exciting line-ups around Europe.
Since signing to Hospital Records exclusively in 2015 Hugh Hardie’s debut: ‘City Soul’ EP delivered everything we hold dear about this promising talent. Four tracks, filled with uplifting summer sounds blend soulful jungle elements and jazz seamlessly to create an exciting and gorgeous sound.
His debut album ‘Colourspace’ was dropped on the 26th of May 2017 and is truly exceptional. Jazzy riffs, exquisite percussion and feel-good flavours, what’s not to love? With tracks featuring Pola & Bryson, GLXY, and Maverick Soul, he featured with numerous fellow emerging artists, keen to support and develop his own sound in unison with his peers.