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Danny Byrd – Atomic Funk – Hospital Records

Drum & bass pioneer and Hospital Record’s crown jewel Danny Byrd is back! He’s set 2018 ablaze with monolith anthems ‘Devil’s Drop’, ‘Salute’ ft MC GQ and ‘Hold Up The Crown’ ft Ky Lenz, now he proudly presents his first album in five years, ‘Atomic Funk’.

A 15-track funk-fuelled compendium of rolling dancefloor-fillers that tributes to the jungle foundation moulding his early discography. Collaborations with the likes of I-Kay, Maduk, Ownglow, Times x Two and MC GQ, fuse with powerful doses of Danny’s hip-hop and R&B infused 174BPM productions. ‘Atomic Funk’ is undoubtedly Mr Byrd’s finest work to date and includes one of the biggest future D+B anthems ‘Holy Star’ that’s brought to life with vocal delights from MC Foxy.

‘Just A Step Away’ (ft. Ownglow) has become a silver bullet for the Byrd, taking a spotlight in his DJ sets as his finishing move. With its gorgeous vocals, volatile rave synths and humming sub-bass, it’s not hard to see why. However, that’s far from the only weapon in this legend’s locker. ‘Roll The Drums’ is a certified sub shaker bringing a fierce bassline and thundering percussion, plus there’s raw jungle madness with ‘Starting It Over’ (ft. Hannah Symons).

With fifteen incredible tracks from Hospital Records’ longest standing signing, ‘Atomic Funk’ is Danny Byrd at his best. Crafted for the dancefloor and feel-good from start to finish, a must-have for any true drum & bass fan.

Drum & bass icon and king of the dancefloor, Danny Byrd was one of the very first to sign to Hospital at the turn of the millennium. With his unique take on the genre with strong hip-hop and R&B influences ever present in his music, Danny Byrd’s signature mixing style and production flair render him one of the scene’s greats.

Upon firing out a number of superb singles, his debut album ‘Supersized’ dropped in 2008, to a thunderous reception. Having spent years honing his craft, this fantastic LP included signature Danny Byrd bangers ‘Shock Out and ‘Red Mist’, the VIP of the latter going on to receive monolithic support on the daytime BBC Radio One playlist, receiving over 6+ hours of Radio One play in 2009 alone!

The only way is up for Danny – he followed the immense success of debut album with his Liquid-funk edit of the rave classic ‘Sweet Harmony’. A household D+B tune, one that reached Number 1 on the UK Dance Singles Chart and elevated Danny to an entire new level. Swiftly followed up by second studio album ‘Rave Digger’ in 2010, the seminal compendium featured the certified slammer ‘Ill Behaviour’ which rode the hype train all the way into the UK top 40, followed by BBC Radio One plays for ‘We Can Have It All’ and ‘Tonight (feat. Netsky).

2011 saw the first ever ‘Danny Byrd Live’ show at Hospitality Brixton, before teaming up with jungle legend General Levy for ‘Blade The Fire (Rah!)’ ahead of his third album ‘Golden Ticket’ which landed in 2013 with an eclectic sound range of UKG, house, hip-hop and of course, D+B, the Bath based bad-boy struck gold once more.

Five years later, after numerous tours across the globe, Danny Byrd’s time buried in his Bath-based home studio has been well spent as he’d cooked up Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on her BBC Radio 1 Friday night show. The track, ‘Devil’s Drop’ which featured on Hospital’s ‘Sick Music 2018’ series. Few D+B acts can boast such universal success on dancefloors and on the airwaves, but Danny isn’t just anyone. His 2nd single of 2018, ‘Salute’ which features the legendary MC GQ, has also been a hit on the airwaves reaching #3 in BBC Radio 1’s Specialist Chart, as well as garnering support from the likes of MistaJam, DJ Target, Rene LaVice, Julie Adenuga, Charlie Tee and many more.

With his brand new album out now, the future is bright and it’s with certainty that Byrd is the word.

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