BLUE LAB BEATS:
Formed in mid 2016, Blue Lab Beats was born out of a desire to create a sample-free sound, contrary to the status quo. Stemming from a mutual admiration of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul; both the band’s debut release Blue Skies and subsequent sophomore EP Freedom have received widespread critical acclaim – receiving support from tastemakers across radio and online including Benji B, DAZED, The Guardian, Toddla T, i-D, Huw Stephens and Afropunk.
Slated for release in March 2018, the duo’s debut album Xover explores the crossing genres and styles that make Blue Lab Beats. Divided in two, the record has a distinct hip-hop and jazz split and firmly displays the bands creativity and proficiency as musicians. With features from both established names and fellow rising talents including Kojey Radical, Moses Boyd, Ruby Francis, Otha Soul, Nubya Garcia, James Vickery and Tiana Major9; the album is the first offering from the new London Jazz scene.
J.Lamotta すずめ (Israel) is one of Berlin’s newest female soul/Hip Hop/Jazz artists. She has recently released her new album “Conscious Tree” with Jakarta Records (Berlin) and P.Vine (Tokyo). In 2016 she formed her own four-piece band to perform her beats live.
Maybe you’ve heard about Marian Tone, the DJ and co-founder of Beat Kollektiv/Wedding Soul. Maybe you’ve heard his EP’s on Dooinit Music or you’ve attended his regular club sets in and around Berlin and other European cities. For his latest project, he has joined forces with drum boss Waldi to produce an album which sounds like a hybrid of Jazz inspired instrumental beats, combined with heavy broken drum grooves and laid back hip hop rhythms. He will be performing this project for the first time on April 22nd and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store.