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Hospital Records is the brainchild of Chris Goss and Tony Colman. The label was started in early 1996 from their West London studio / HQ primarily as a vehicle for their own music.

Tony and Chris have been working toogether since 1993. A brief pre-history: Tony’s last band was the London street-soul/jazzfunk combo IZIT, which funked it’s way round the world’s live clubs + decks from 1988 to 1995. Chris used to work in Soho’s Soul Jazz record shop. Tony started the label Tongue and Groove in 1992, and Chris joined the label in 1993 as label manager, following a freelance sleeve-design job. Chris and Tony didn’t make any music together until 1994, when they produced the eccentric ‘Caterpillar’, accredited to Mustardspoon. They closed T+G in 95 and formed two labels, Hospital and Galactic Disco Music. GDM was a London house/funk label and home of Future Homosapiens, Orkestra Galactica and Funky Nasa - all monikers for Tony + Chris’s prolific house output between the years 1996 and 1998. However, when Hospital took off in 1998, GDM was put on hold.

Hospital’s early drum and bass output earned the label an undeground fanbase, but it was London Elektricity’s “Song In The Key of Knife”, released in Spring 1998 that really captured the imagination of the whole scene. As London Elektricity, Tony and Chris’ first long player “Pull The Plug” released in the summer of 99, received much critical acclaim and is still widely regarded as a classic album, far removed from the overlong and pretentious drum and bass albums of the time.

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