Hospital Records Celebrates Their 21st Birthday With The Aptly Titled ‘We Are 21’
Posted by Adam on 2nd March 2017
Ah, Hospital Records; the very first label I ever fell in love with. From the very first High Contrast tunes I heard on tape packs 17 years ago to their latest signings, such as Ownglow and Hugh Hardie, it’s a label that I follow more keenly than any other.
What makes Hospital so great, aside from the amazing music they release, is their engagement with their fans. No other label commands loyalty like they do. Given this it’s no surprise, as an outsider at least, that they’re still going strong and are celebrating such a momentous milestone.
I was pretty excited to turn 18… Reaching 21 feels like a whole other landmark, for Tony and myself, our team, and family of artists. Back in the Spring of ’96, our one focus was to get our dubs played on the radio, and racked out in the basement of Black Market. To have built a substantial catalogue, an international brand, and such a brilliant fanbase is beyond what we could have expected. – Chris Goss, Hospital Records co-founder
Looking forwards, our key focus will continue to be discovering and nurturing new musical talent. It’s what Hospital was built on. We will develop our events and touring schedules, build our catalogue of writers, and performers, and look to investigate new platforms, technology and creative opportunities. And mugs. Never forget; there will always be lots of mugs. – Chris Goss, Hospital Records co-founder
At a whopping 68 tracks long We Are 21 continues the tradition of Hospital’s ridiculously big start of year compilations and takes it that step further with some very special tunes. Take Urbandawn’s reworking of a Hospital classic for example.
And sticking with the new talent that they are so good at discovering and nurturing this track from Hugh Hardie is one of the biggest tunes I’ve head all year and is likely to stay that way.
Incredibly, after all this time, the label continues to grow with more amazing music promised for 2017 (including rumoured albums from Nu:Logic, Hugh Hardie, Makoto, Etherwood & Ownglow) along with the return of Hospitality In The Park and the debut Hospitality In The Dock.
We love you Hospital!