Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’s Midweek Mantra Mix (M3). We’ve been scouring the web’s most enlightening bass music mixes that align with our vision, to provide “a conscious way to consume dance music.” M3 spotlights both veteran and up-and-coming bass music artists whose music seeks to raise the vibrations of their collective listener base.
UK duo Ivy Lab, comprised of producers Sabre and Stray, are known for their gritty, mesmerizing sound that has woven its way through multiple genres of music over the years. Emerging from the dark basements of the notorious British drum and bass scene, they’ve cultivated a distinct electronic groove that has roots in hip hop, DnB, dubstep and more. This year has seen them release plenty of new music, including a new EP, with new show dates announced around the globe.
Originally a trio (former member Halogenix went solo after a few years with the group) the duo also founded a record label, 20/20 LDN. Ivy Lab has used the label to explore plenty of different styles, helping to throw shows for various artists and to promote music worldwide. A slew of releases since the group’s conception in 2013, as well as the credibility both Sabre and Stray bring to the table from their previous solo careers, has made Ivy Lab a formidable force.
We’ve already featured a mix from Shambhala’s Pagoda stage, but as the legendary festival approaches, it’s only right to feature this Ivy Lab mix from the Grove, an equally renowned center of music in the Canadian forest festival. The lineup is extremely stacked this year, as it always is, and Sabre and Stray will be doing their part, coming on stage Friday night at 11:45 PT. They performed here two years ago as well, but in their words, it’s going to be a different experience this time:
2 years ago we came to the Grove on the most fleeting of visits, hardly having a chance to even cool down from post-show-adrenaline before rushing off to another tour stop. We ain’t messing about with any of that lark this year . We’re on site from start till finish, soaking up the spectacle, transitioning from performer to audience member and back again as fully invested witnesses to one of the most celebrated gathering anywhere in the continent. Gassed is an understatement.
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Clearly, based on their desire to curate, perform and make a variety of genres, they’ve carried this attitude to their performances and value system. It’s this belief in complete immersion in the experience, coupled with a burning desire to create, observe, and celebrate, that makes Ivy Lab’s Shambhala 2019 mix our MMM.