Hugh Hardie 7 Tunes In 7 Days Hospital Records//Grafix - Zephyr (feat. Ruth Royall)
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.
Grafix turns inside out with his latest single ‘Zephyr’, a switch up from his previous release; the acid meets drum & bass hybrid ‘Stutter’. Its punchy synth lead and addictive vocals from Ruth Royall combine to create the summer anthem you didn’t know you’d been waiting for.‘Zephyr’ continues to show Grafix’s versatility with this 180 spin from his previous releases ‘Acid Generation’, ‘Radiance’ and ‘Break The Cycle’. His excellently executed main room sound shines through, combining dancefloor beats and singalong melodies where Grafix fans, new and old, will relish in the power-chords and big leads.Since going solo, Grafix has explored his darker, more robust sound. His latest lethal dancefloor weapon ‘Stutter’ was another wild ride of grizzly sonics and stabs - the warped cousin of his previous Beatport D&B number 1, ‘Acid Generation’. Grafix’s recent releases have reflected wider influences and dive deep into his love for techno and acid-house, garnering support from the likes of Andy C, Metrik, Friction, A.M.C, Sub Focus and more. He has been celebrated on major radio airwaves from the likes of tastemakers Danny Howard, Rene LaVice and Charlie Tee, to name a few, as he continues to develop his unique identity as a solo artist.