Friday 28th July: Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Saturday 29th July: Rubix Warehouse, Melbourne
Thursday 3rd August: Mint Bar, Wanaka
Friday 4th August: Winnie Bagoes, Christchurch
Saturday 5th August: Neck of the Woods, Auckland
Thursday 10th August: Secret Location, Wellington
Friday 11th August: Villa, Perth
Saturday 12th August: Zhivago, Adelaide
Tuesday 15th August: TBC Club, Brisbane
Drum ‘n’ bass trio Ivy Lab have received more than their fare share of praise and it just keeps on coming. Since the early days of releasing breakthrough tracks such as ‘Live On Your Smile‘, ’20 Questions’ and ‘Make it Clear’, Ivy Lab have gone onto become far more than just a d’n’b unit from North London. Their eclectic style and diverse taste have been a driving force behind not only the trio’s highly sought after music, but their revered 20/20 LDN club night too. The night was rapidly described as ‘ultra innovative’ by Timeout Magazine and a ‘London standout’ by Mixmag, after it quickly gained interest and respect from d’n’b fans all over the country and world.
Riding on the success of their newly established event series, the trio went on to launch their own record label under the same 20/20 LDN name. As you could expect, Ivy Lab have been busy releasing an influx of new music on their new imprint, whether that was their own work back in 2015 with the critically acclaimed sixteen-track ’20/20, Vol.1′, or 2016’s ‘Fortuna EP’.
Among a busy touring schedule that has seen them visit everywhere from Amsterdam to Washington State, this year fans have been treated to the trio’s first full solo EP release since ’20 Questions’. The EP, titled ‘Peninsula’, has been their most recent instalment alongside the odd original and remix. Never slowing down, it has merely been a fortnight since their latest offering: a remix for Banks’ single, ‘Fuck With Myself‘.
North London trio Ivy Lab were brought together out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the Drum’n’Bass scene. Several years on from that initial coming together, the collective go from strength to strength propagating a new generation of sub-genres housed within the framework of their ’20/20 LDN’ project.
Ivy Lab first came to prominence around 2012 as a drum’n’bass act working predominantly for the Critical Music label through which their anthemic debut single “Oblique” was released. Tracks like “Live on your smile” , “20 Questions” & “Make it Clear” alongside a series of well-received remixes for artists and labels including Sub Focus (Universal), TC (3beat) and Anushka (Brownwood) further captured the trademark soulful-cum-melancholic sound the trio had become celebrated for.
Several years on from their initial offerings, the collective now find themselves at the apex of the ‘Halftime’ movement – A motley assortment of actors from across the bass music landscape applying their sonic-heritage to experiments with hip-hop and drum machine electronica. Both Ivy Lab and the halftime movement enjoyed a landmark moment with the release of the “Sunday Crunk” remix which travelled way beyond its status as Beatports best selling drum’n’bass track of 2015 to become one of the years most played tracks by DJ’s of all persuasions.
The trio further piloted the exploration of this new sound with the birth of the ‘20/20 LDN’ clubnight. A year after it’s launch at a humble 200 cap gig venue, the event was drafted into the Columbo Group empire and now resides at their flagship South London premises Phonox where it has been described as “ultra innovative” (Timeout Magazine) and a “London standout” (Mixmag).
The pioneering spirit on show at the clubnights served as the raison d’être for the 20/20 LDN record label; minted in 2015 and launched with the pseudo-mixtape/compilation LP “Ivy Lab presents 20/20 Volume.1” – described as “uncompromising, insightful and rather awesome : 9/10” (Mixmag) and “impossible to categorise : 9/10” (DJ Mag) . A galvanising moment in the progression of both the Halftime movement and the Ivy Lab collective; The trio take the currency earned from the Volume.1 LP on the road for the 2016 summer season with showpiece appearances at Glastonbury, Sonar, Boomtown, Bass Coast and Lovebox, with main stage appearances at both Exit and Outlook festival.
Ivy Lab head into the horizon not only with an anchored presence at the cutting edge of the bass-music landscape, but also a secured reputation as pioneering label bosses & event promoters in ownership of one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary music brands.