MUSIC

 
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XOVER

We reminded ourselves what we did with the two EPs and expanded a lot more on the experimentation. The recording was finished at the amazing Real World studios in Bath.

The equipment there blew our minds; vintage synths, awesome speakers, and we invited 12 of the most talented musicians down to record with us (they were all our friends so we had a great time for a few days too!).

The process was long and a lot of hard work because we were gigging at the same time plus doing remixes for other artists. The two halves of the album show our style off well - distinctive halves but seamlessly woven with the Blue Lab Beats sound.

 

 
 
 
 
Xover absolutely blew us away with its fresh beats mixed with jazz, electronica, hip-hop and neosoul influences made it a delicious hybrid of the genres... Something very special indeed. Blue Lab Beats are heading for greatness. Xover is an essential album and a modern jazz must-have. 5/5
— Blues And Soul
 

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FREEDOM EP

Born in the tiny Blue Lab bedroom studio, we wanted to try and use a lot of synths and different arrangements, and really experiment. We accidentally tuned the track ‘Freedom’ a quarter key out but it fit better!

A lot of experimentation went on!

We added more of a hip-hop vibe than on the Blue Skies EP. A highlight was performing these tracks with featured vocalists, especially at AFROPUNK and WOMAD.

 
 
 
It’s a manifesto for Blue Lab Beats’ sound, balancing the old world and the contemporary sounds of London to help reintroduce jazz to British rap.
— Notion Magazine

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BLUE SKIES EP

One day while waiting for a vocalist to arrive at the Blue Lab bedroom studio in Golders Green, we started a beat-making session and ended up finishing an instrumental piece. 

Listening back to it, we decided to do a whole EP in this lane. The fun part of this EP was jamming with the other musicians, creating ideas on the spot and also bringing NK-OK’s production ideas from the bedroom studio to Livingstone Studios in Wood Green and seeing the musicians interpret those ideas in their own way. 

We weren’t expecting to gig from this EP and we were really surprised at the great reception!

This EP was what started off our Blue Lab journey!

The duo supplement are relaxed but uplifiting brass melody with a steady boom-bap beat; It’s a simple formula, but utterly effective.
— Complex