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Ivy Lab - Double Blind EP

Ivy Lab head to Deadbeats for enthralling minimalist bass EP, ‘Double Blind’

Ever the consummate tastemakers, the UK’s Ivy Lab continue to conjure acclaim and allure behind their constant output of incredulous sound design. For their latest turn at imprinting upon modern electronic music, the duo has now officially landed themselves on Deadbeats for their enthralling Double Blind EP.

The EP spans 3-tracks, leading with a hype-inducing title track, which the pair describe as a “smashed, high energy skate-park anthem.” The song opens with a groove-inspired looped vocal line backed by a sweltering beat that calls focus to crisp, bouncy percussion and off-kilter lo-fi moments. Fans of the duo’s more uptempo early catalog will find a lot of familiarity in “Melrose,” which demands attention for drums and sensational rhythms – until a beat switch halfway introduces a trap-related vibe.

The EP is rounded out by “SVCAR,” a bombastic, slow-moving heater that offers a journey through sound and feeling. In an official press statement, Ivy Lab speaks of the track as “a drifting minimalist creation, staged to be hypnotic and unsettling in its darkness. Probably the closest to some of our recent work. It’s teetering on over-serious whilst still trying to pull a smile outta the listener.”   

The highly sought-after London outfit first collided in 2012 out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentation in the UK bass music scene. The duo has marked their territory where leftfield bass and halftime meet hip-hop—a neighborhood characterized by the coalescences of both Los Angeles and London.

The now scene staples, “Cake” and “Orange,” with Two Fingers, really launched Ivy Lab’s ever-growing loyal audience in North America. A handful of EP releases like Fidget, Teacup, Blonde, and Everythingmustchange continued to break the mold by doubling down on minimalistic bass. The past year has proved their impressive trajectory with multiple Red Rocks performances, the legendary Press Play EP on Dirtybird, and an official remix of Flying Lotus’ “TO FIND LOVE IS TO SEEK THE END.”

With their recent performance at the second weekend of Coachella, marquee dates at Lightning In A Bottle, Bass Coast, Shambhala Music Festival, and tour dates with Flume this summer, the duo heads into these upcoming shows and festival slots with an anchored presence in the bass scene and a notable reputation as 20/20 LDN label bosses.

Ivy Lab – Double Blind EP

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