London duo Blue Lab Beats have been taking jazz into the stratosphere with a futuristic melting pot fuelled by hip-hop, Afrobeats and electronica. Now, Blue Lab Beats share the video to their new single ‘Next (Wake Up)’ featuring Sampa The Great from their second album ‘Voyage’, which is out now via AllPoints / Blue Adventure.
“This was probably one of the most fun tracks we made for the album” explains NK-OK. “Sampa has such amazing energy in the studio and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her on this track. Definitely one of our favourite sessions we ever had…..”
The joyous, celebratory nature of recent releases ‘Vibe Central’, ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Hi There’ have inspired a fresh wave of radio support from a range of influential fans who have joined their journey: Huw Stephens at Radio 1; Phil Taggart, Goldirocks, Jamz Supernova and Moses Boyd at 1Xtra; Jamie Cullum at Radio 2; and a playlist at NME Radio. Plus Blue Lab Beats were asked to feature in a new APPLE ADVERT alongside Stormzy, Skepta, Mark Ronson, Paul McCartney and more. Nominated for The Digital Award at the Jazz FM Awards, producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM have produced a set which maximises the potential that they demonstrated with their debut album ‘Xover’.
As an exploratory expedition through the sonic spectrum, ‘Voyage’ is aptly named as it thrillingly wields future sounds, the contemporary London scene and jazz’s rich heritage into a collection which is unmistakably the sound of 2019. As the scene-setting ‘Intro’ asserts, this is music to “connect your mind, body and soul.”
‘Voyage’ was launched with the first single ‘Stand Up’ with features a triple-threat of brass extraordinaire in the shape of Kaidi Akinnibi, Sheila Maurice-Grey and Richie Garrison. It’s a track which has the Blue Lab Beats manifesto down to a fine art: it’s both experimental and immediately accessible, precise yet full of swinging groove, engagingly danceable but cerebral too.