Since 2013, the UK trio Ivy Lab have been working mercilessly to create a future sounding form of drum and bass. Grounded in the hard dub elements of the genre, with bits of everything from gabber backbeats to R&B rhythms and even some tropical house riffs throughout their tracks, Ivy Lab are anything but easy to pigeonhole. Oftentimes, their sound even bounces between all of these elements in just one set as they let the crowd and the general atmosphere of the show set the tone for what gets played next.
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By resisting the urge to rely on a single distinguishable genre time and time again, Ivy Lab manages to create unique tracks that push back against any expectations people might have of them. The only constant seems to be hauntingly deep and intricate sets that evoke visceral responses in listeners, be it an urge to groove or an urge to rage (based on Ivy Lab’s feeling that night).
Ivy Lab also have a myriad of music to choose from when it comes to sampling in their sets, thanks to their record label 20/20.
20/20 is dedicated to “showcasing the emerging landscape of fusions between Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, Footwork, and Future-Soul” – 20/20 Facebook page
This perfect vision view of drum and bass’s future keeps both the label and Ivy Lab from sounding stale, a problem many artists run into these days thanks in part to the extreme specificity of subgenres. Instead of fearing what their fans might think if they deviate too far from drum and bass, Ivy Lab take inspiration from whatever and wherever they want. The result is music the trio feels genuinely passionate about, which you can hear in the tracks themselves.
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Ivy Lab will be creating a unique set based on the vibe and atmosphere of Boston when they come to Together’s Phoenix Landing show on May 19. If you want to make sure you’re there for the trio’s sure to be sick set, get your 2016 passes today.