Beatset by Twit One
präsentiert von Black Atlantic, Radio Love Love, Wadada Records & ByteFM
Blue Lab Beats is the brainchild of NK-OK and Mr D.M – The pair are the engine room behind many of the freshest new acts – Age Of Luna , Ruby Francis , Louis VI and also remixers for Jodie Abacus , Dua Lipa , Rag n Bone man to name a few .The production style is raw but also sophisticated – musical but not introvert.Their recent Blue Skies EP intro video caught the attention of Dazed and Confused Magazine and it’s been clocking up views ever since it was posted.
With all this music happening they decided to make their own album. Their journey began at a weekend arts club – WAC in Belsize Park. NK-OK met Mr DM invited him back to the studio and from there the two started making music in the now Infamous Blue Lab Studios.
Many production rooms that produce a lot of good music historically are tiny – Motown in Detroit was one – Sun studios was another such studio and Blue Lab boasts a shortage of space that would leave scratch marks on many an elbow.Still the music is hot – and that’s what counts.
The duo site the following as influences: Mad Lib, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Knxwledge, J Dilla, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson. Tribe called Quest . But the interesting part comes from the fact that NK- OK’s production journey started with Grime . He learnt to programme at age 12 against a background of UK Grime – Kano – Ghetts – Wiley – Wretch 32 all played a huge part in his musical upbringing . The Jazz came later . It’s this musical mish mash of Mr DM’s music instrument wizardry and a whole lotta NK-OK bottom end and programming know how that gives Blue Lab Beats the edge and takes it out of straight Jazz format whilst paying full respect to the artform.
London based, Tenderlonious led, Jazz Quintet Ruby Rushton took the scene by storm in 2017, following up their highly acclaimed debut release ‘Two For Joy’ in 2015, with not one, but two new albums – ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ & ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’. Both albums have been met with mass acclaim receiving regular airtime and support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Alexander Nut, Bradley Zero, Jazz FM and BBC 6 Music. ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two has recently been nominated for ‘Best Jazz Album of the year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. The success of these albums has led to headline shows at Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Church Of Sound, and Worldwide FM 1st Birthday Party, as well as numerous shows and festival slots across Europe.
2018 see’s the band embarking on another run of hotly anticipated shows, that have already begun at the London Jazz institution – Jazz Re:freshed. The live show is is a throwback to the 70’s Headhunters era whilst still adopting the spiritual concepts of John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef. Audiences can expect to be treated to high energy fusing contemporary flavours of afro-beat, hip hop and jazz. Essential for any fans of contemporary jazz – Ruby Rushton are leading the way!