Released 22nd June 2018
Innovative Future Beats duo Ivy Lab are set to release ‘Death Don't Always Taste Good’, their debut album proper, through their own 20/20 LDN label.
North London outfit Ivy Lab were brought together out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the UK bass music scene. The years that followed saw them go from strength to strength, earning a place in Mixmag’s Top 10 DJs of 2015 and propagating a new generation of hip-hop inspired abstractions housed within the framework of their 20/20 LDN project.
Originally starting life as a trio, the duo of Sabre (Gove Kidao) and Stray (J. Fogel) now find themselves at the apex of the Halftime/Future Beats movement - a motley assortment of actors from across the bass music landscape applying their sonic-heritage to experiments with hip-hop and drum machine electronica.
Ivy Lab invested further in the exploration of this sound with the creation of their 20/20 LDN clubnight. Housed primarily at Brixton’s Phonox nightclub, it earned the characterisation of “ultra innovative” (Timeout Magazine) and a “London standout” (Mixmag).
Minted in late 2015, and borrowing the same raison d'être as its elder sibling nightlife brand; 20/20 LDN Recordings was unveiled with the pseudo-mixtape/compilation LP ‘Ivy Lab presents 20/20 Volume.1’ - described as “Uncompromising, insightful and rather awesome” 9/10 by Mixmag and “Impossible to categorise” 9/10 by DJ Mag. Little over a year (and only 5 releases deep) the label was awarded the title of ’Best Breakthrough Label 2016’ in the DJ Mag Best of British Awards 2016.
Now a galvanising presence in the Future Beats movement, Ivy Lab’s’ 20/20 Volume.1 release and the subsequent follow up EPs were benchmark moments in forging the genre into a pillar of the electronic music landscape. Tracks such as ‘Spooky Dub’, ‘Can’t Say No’ and ‘Peninsula’ all garnered incredible currency, supplemented by showpiece remixes for Banks (‘Fuck With Myself’) and Noisia (‘Tentacles’).
That same currency as bass music figureheads has been embraced by festivals as varied as Glastonbury, EDC Vegas, SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona + HK), CTM Berlin, Dour, ADE, Woo Hah!, Shambhala, Lightning In A Bottle, Lowlands, Origin NYE, Exit and Outlook.
Ivy Lab head into the horizon not only with an anchored presence at the cutting edge of the bass-music landscape, but also a secured reputation as pioneering label bosses and event promoters in ownership of one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary music brands.
a1. Fortune Teller
a2. Ugly Bubble
a3. Jet Lag
b1. Astral Pirate Theme
b3. Vanity Fair
c1. A & E
c2. Death Don't Always Taste Good
c3. Snack Time
Released 18th August 2017
A progressive electronic duo, formed in 2016 by seasoned beatsmith Tsuruda (Darker Than Wax, Team Supreme, Division) and experimental artist Huxley Anne (Dome of Doom/Alphapup), PAINT incorporates all aspects of both member’s creativity. The duo was inspired as the two were coming up in the LA beat scene, often adding visual elements to their live performances while writing genre-defying songs in the studio. Their style draws largely on abstract hip-hop, jazz, bass, and grime influences, but unites these elements into seamlessly painted soundscapes that stand out in the modern sea of electronic music. Their powerful rhythms, colored nuances, and expressive lead synth tones ignite in the PAINT live show, where you can often find the duo mashing custom visuals together while spinning tracks back to back.
“After years of writing together under our solo aliases, this EP has solidified a creative purpose—unifying musical production with a visual aesthetic to elevate electronic music into the realm of art. It also serves a social purpose, placing a man and a woman on equal footing within a technical environment where women are scarcely represented. Fighting against both genre and gender constructs drives our forward-thinking energy inside the musical structure.
When 20/20 LDN approached us about writing an EP, we were ecstatic. They’ve created a platform we value for both the visual aesthetic and their fearlessness in bridging genres within electronic music. For us, working with Ivy Lab on this release is directly in line with our goals of defying genre constructs in order to create art that lives beyond contemporary confines.
This EP is an intellectual apex for us, seeking to defy genres from within their technical and stylistic constructs. By combining sound design techniques from European bass music with the rebellious energy of the LA beat scene, we’ve entered a musical landscape that is not yet defined. The EP’s title, Exodus, represents our departure from genre-based music, opening up a new environment where sound design, aesthetic, synthesis, and culture have become modular tools for exploring the future of electronic production."
- Tsuruda & Huxley Anne
a1. Beast Mode
Released 6th May 2016
Copenhagen representative Shield has been on a constant rise with his innovative contribution to hiphop and drum&bass over the past couple of years. With support from Noisia, Hype, Skeptical, Alix Perez, The Upbeats, TC and many more, the future is looking bright for the 28 year old scandinavian as he continues to develop his own sound.
Having a master degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music playing classical percussion, Shield has great knowledge when it comes to drums and always had a passion of creating new grooves and unheard rhythms. Inspiration has come from a wide selection of electronic artists and classical music, and has given him the gift of blending it all together in his productions.
Sounding like a vintage scary movie on crack, tracks like "Horrormovie" were given as a free download on his soundcloud page, and got huge response when Ivy Lab played it on their Critical Sound show on RinseFM back in march 2015. The track was also supported by Noisia on their weekly podcast and they even put it on their Favourites Of 2015 tracklist.
With lots of exciting solo projects and collaborations with producers abroad, Shield is also keeping it local. He and his good friend and also MC, Black Daniels, has been making music together for quite some years and they've toured many countries with their energetic live show, produced entirely by Shield himself. Back in 2014 they were invited to Redbull Studios in Copenhagen to record Black Daniels' debut EP. It came out on Black Daniels' own imprint CART Records, and the EP got them playing at some of the biggest festivals in Scandinavia.
With releases on various drum&bass labels such as CART Records, Blackout Music NL, Gun Audio and Nemesis Recordings UK to name a few, Shield strives to produce the full spectrum - yet always with his signature sound. Wether it's drum&bass, hiphop or any kind of breakbeat, Shield always manages to break barriers with his shuffling drums, stabbin' basslines and weird foleys.
a1. Shield - My Flava
a2. Shield & Submarine - March of Giants
b1. Shield - Fools
b2. Shield - Straight Forward
Released 8th April 2016
Over his years of releasing music, Yip Wong AKA Deft has become an immediately recognisable producer that skilfully hops from headphone to dance styles through cinematic sound design, crisp intricate percussion and immersive atmospheres.
Having come from Croydon, with his beginnings in music as a drummer, Deft has managed to escape the stigma of his home town's heritage and establish his own signature sonic personality, drawing influence from Hip Hop, House, 140, Jungle and Footwork. However, with this in mind, he is able to display these influences through technique and style, making him impressively adept at shaking off the constraints of genre and tempo. This identity has gained him the support of Gilles Peterson, B.Traits, Mark Pritchard, Addison Groove, DJ Shadow, Daedelus, Om Unit and Rockwell amongst many others.
Beginning with the release of his track 'Paradise' on Disconnected Sounds in 2011, swiftly followed by the first in a series of beat tapes through Bandcamp ('Before' Series), Deft's profile within the electronic music scene has seen him strive from peak to peak through a strong and consistent set of highly praised EP's, singles and remixes through labels such as WotNot, Rwina, Project Mooncircle, Skullcandy, 2nd Drop, Brownswood and Hypercolour offshoot Space Hardware. Collaborative efforts have included the grammy award-winning Om’mas Keith, Sam Binga, Manni Dee, Fracture and Alphabets Heaven.
Along with having the opening track for Maya Jane Coles' 'DJ Kicks Mix CD' (!K7 Records), remixing for the likes of Gang Colours (Brownswood), Ital Tek (Civil Music), Ivy Lab (Critical Music) Submerse (Project Mooncircle), Tiga and Graham Coxon (EMI), and having received huge press support from XLR8R, Pitchfork and FACT Magazine (Against The Clock feature), Deft shows no sign of stopping his ever growing arsenal of extensive and varied material.
As a member of the ever-expanding WotNot Music collective, Deft began his performances through live shows, bringing high levels of vigour and excitement to dance-floors in the UK, and has now transferred this energy into his his eclectic and fruitful DJ Sets around the world. Along with headline shows, he has supported the likes of Machinedrum, Martyn, Tessela, Bullion, Tokimonsta, Reso and Paul White, as well as having an appearance on the infamous Boiler Room.
From hard hitting, highly energised dance-floorcuts, to lo-fi, emotively powerful soundscapes, this is the ever-evolving world of Deft.
a1. For Sudden
b1. Ivory Tusk
b2. Sesame Street (feat. Tehbis & Touchy Subject)
- Inkless spot-gloss Black on Black cover art on matt laminate board
- 2 x 12” ‘mid-weight’ vinyl + 2 x black cardboard inner sleeves
- 4 Tracks per side @ 33rpm
- Digital download redemption card included inside jacket
Ivy Lab announce ‘Ivy Lab Presents 20/20 Volume One’, set for release on 6th November via their new label 20/20 LDN Recordings.
Formed by producers Sabre, Stray and Halogenix, Ivy Lab are a North London collective that is part of a nascent movement of bass music refugees cross- pollinating UK soundsystem culture with influences from Future beats, the Mo’Wax era and LA’s Low End Theory focused beat scene. Their debut album adopts a clan style approach where different configurations of members, and collaborators, might operate under the Ivy Lab mantle:
“This LP sits somewhere between a compilation album and a mixtape. The tracks are a mix of solo beats from individual members and collaborative productions between all three of us.”
Inspired by their enthusiasm for experimentation on the fringes of the drum & bass scene; Sabre, Stray and Halogenix joined forces through individual collaborations on their principle label Critical Music before expanding into the formal trio of Ivy Lab. A string of standout singles and EPs, additional support from Goldie’s Metalheadz recordings and remixes for acts and labels including Sub Focus (Universal), TC (3beat) and Anushka (Brownwood) have attracted a wealth of attention to the group.
With an anchored presence at the heart of the drum and bass community secured, the collective have now expanded into fresh territory under the framework of the "20/20” project. Initially established as a clubnight, the project is broadening its scope with the launch of a record label driven by the same raison-d’être as its live-event sibling. Namely to provide a showcase for the emerging landscape of sounds operating in the hinterlands between footwork, jungle/drum’n’bass, hip- hop and future beats - often referred to under the stop-gap moniker of ‘halftime'. Given this new movement’s proximity to Ivy Lab’s musical heritage as a drum and bass act, they view 20/20 as an expansion, rather than a change, in their musical output:
“We have no intention of turning our backs on drum & bass, but we have such a huge body of music in this style that it makes sense for us to create a parallel platform dedicated to this movement.”
Evolving from a midweek free party at Finsbury Park’s Silver Bullet, 20/20’s club night moves to new Brixton venue Phonox on Wednesday 23rd September with Alix Perez, Sam Binga, Fracture, Deft and Tim Parker. 20/20 team up with Astral Black at Village Underground on 21st November as part of The Hydra’s Clock Strikes 13 series. Ivy Lab continue to play worldwide.
Noisia, DJ Craze, Eprom, Deft, TC, Plastician (Rinse FM), Stray, Halogenix, J:Kenzo (Rinse FM).
a3. Third World Cup
a4. Love Is Here
b1. Hiya (feat. Havelock)
b4. Click Clack
c2. No Answer
d3. Woodland Princess