Jazz duo Blue Lab Beats are returning with new show ‘Blue Lab Beats presents Blue Adventure’ at London’s Oval Space on October 21st with a host of special guests. We caught up with them to find out about a few tracks that have influenced their sound.
Blue Lab Beats displays a forward thinking re-imagining a future where the energy from the music and people affect the surrounding environment, while embodying the richness of various music cultures. The duo’s first project Blue Skies EP helped increase their reach and introduced them to platforms all over including two appearances on Jazz FM playlists. The duo have also appeared on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, Boiler Room, as well as at infamous jazz bar Ronnie Scott’s.The soft, laid back horns which adorn many of their boom-bap inspired beats have become a staple sound in London’s contemporary jazz scene.
Although representing London’s reinvigorated contemporary jazz scene, Blue Lab Beats find inspiration in a new wave of soul-inspired jazz coming from all over the world through Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild, Eric Lau and even Kendrick Lamar. But there’s also a neo-soul richness to the duo’s music found in the likes of J Dilla, Erykah Badu and Slum Village.
The band are returning with new show ‘Blue Lab Beats presents Blue Adventure’ at London’s Oval Space on October 21st with a host of special guests. We caught up with them to find out about a few tracks that have influenced their sound.
Stevie Wonder – Contusion
NK – I heard this track when I was 8 years old, this was the 1st instrumental song I was introduced to by my dad I was absolutely blown away by it. DM – Stevie is 1 of my all time favourite artists and musician he will always have an impact on the way play.
Thelonious Monk – Epiphany
DM – 1 of favourite songs to listen, very inspired by the keys. It is pretty much where I get my feel from
NAS – The world is yours
NK & DM – This Track needs no explanation.
TY – Closer
NK – This track got me in to UK hip hop, the production and vocal delivery is very inspiring.
Flying Lotus – Message Situation
This track really taught me how to use side change (EFX) in very interesting way, which allowed me to step up my producing game and explore more effects to enhance music.
Tickets for ‘Blue Lab Beats Presents Blue Adventure’ are available at LiveNation.co.uk.