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Arkestra EP
CRIT 088
26 Feb 16
Drum And Bass
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Maiden - (6:27) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Arkestra - (4:53) 174 BPM
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The Last Light - (5:28) 174 BPM
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Tell Dem - (3:44) 157 BPM
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Stop It - (3:37) 59 BPM
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No One Else - (4:14) 172 BPM
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Review: Underground hero of the modern drum and bass sound Alix Perez delivers more smooth liquid breaks and bass again on his new effort titled Arkestra, in collaboration with Ivy Lab. Starting out with the deep breakbeat science of "Maiden" featuring some gorgeous vocals he then launches into the fierce peak-time soul of the title track, the dark sci-fi hip-hop vibes of "Tell Dem" and "Stop It" before closing out proceedings with more deep and slinky futurist blues on "No One Else". Legends such as LTJ Bukem, Alex Reece and Peshay would be proud that their legacy continues via the new breed of the sound.
Gettysburg
2020 LDNGETTY
30 Oct 15
Hip Hop/R&B
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Gettysburg - (4:27) 131 BPM
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20/20 Vol 1
2020 LDN001I
06 Nov 15
Bass
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Rorschach - (4:06) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shamrock - (4:38) 61 BPM
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Third World Cop - (4:37) 85 BPM
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Love Is Here - (3:20) 128 BPM
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Hiya (feat. Havelock) - (2:57) 123 BPM
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Gettysburg - (4:27) 131 BPM
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Cherokee - (3:42) 160 BPM
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Click Clack - (3:08) 114 BPM
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Ubane - (3:33) 58 BPM
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No Answer - (3:51) 85 BPM
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Slipped - (3:27) 88 BPM
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Microwave - (3:16) 100 BPM
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Voltage - (3:28) 88 BPM
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Deus - (3:00) 90 BPM
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Woodland Princess - (2:52) 97 BPM
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Delirious - (3:32) 134 BPM
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Shamrock
2020LDNSHAM
23 Oct 15
Hip Hop/R&B
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Shamrock - (4:38) 122 BPM
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Can't Say No
2020 LDN004CSN
12 May 16
Bass
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Can't Say No (feat Roses Gabor) - (3:47) 148 BPM
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Played by: Sherry S
Review: A casual little one-track number from the intrepid 20/20 LDN trio. Featuring Roses Gabor (who played the role of Noodles in the most recent work by The Gorillaz), and taking a step away from the loose-limbed hip-hop joints they've been flinging out lately, "Can't Say No" is much more of a sci-fi-vibing Autonomic sound that sits somewhere between R&B and cyberpunk. Bang on-point as always.
Twenty Questions EP
CRIT 080D
09 Mar 15
Drum And Bass
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20 Questions - (6:03) 172 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gomeisa - (5:48) 174 BPM
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Forex - (4:51) 172 BPM
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Slinky - (3:29) 131 BPM
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Two By Two - (3:49) 55 BPM
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Planebeats - (2:37) 57 BPM
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Taste The Mango - (3:30) 57 BPM
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Live On Your Smile (El. Train remix) - (3:18) 174 BPM
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Slinky (Sam Binga remix) - (3:24) 174 BPM
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Fortuna EP
2020 LDN004
10 Jun 16
Bass
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Can't Say No (feat Roses Gabor) - (3:47) 148 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Alix Perez - "Fortuna" - (4:02) 150 BPM
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Salt Toffee - (4:11) 118 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Tim Parker - "U Smart" - (4:16) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Spooky Dub - (4:01) 160 BPM
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Berlusconi - (3:21) 159 BPM
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Review: Along with much respected producers like Alix Perez, the Ivy Lab trio have been important purveyors of contemporary minimalstep - that is, d&b-minded r&b music with a streamlined kind of flair. Here on 2020 LDN Recordings, we have six new tunes, each one more expressive and diverse than the last. "Can't Say No More" opens with a delicate pop swagger, but following cuts like "Fortuna" or "Spooky Dub" concentrate much more on the beats and the basslines, taking the listener into a vivid new world of sound with a distinctive cutting-edge.
Peninsula EP
CRIT 096
17 Mar 17
Bass
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Peninsula - (3:37) 91 BPM
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Magikess - (4:07) 83 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thirsty - (4:08) 57 BPM
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Eyes Down - (3:55) 159 BPM
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Forex VIP - (4:40) 147 BPM
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Afterthought
CRIT 068D
04 Feb 13
Drum And Bass
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Afterthought - (5:46) 170 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Brat - (5:21)
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Brat (South London Ordnance remix) - (7:09)
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Missing Persons EP
CRIT 074D
24 Feb 14
Drum And Bass
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Ivy Lab - "Missing Persons" (feat Frank Carter - original mix) - (6:11) 172 BPM
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Ivy Lab - "Live On Your Smile" (original mix) - (5:36) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Emperor & Ivy Lab - "Pepper" (original mix) - (5:09) 174 BPM
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Ivy Lab - "Sunday Crunk" (original mix) - (4:12) 174 BPM
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Ivy Lab & Emperor - "Pepper" (Deft remix) - (5:10) 170 BPM
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Review: Ivy Lab provides Critical Music with its first physical release of 2014 with a four-track EP. To begin with there's the piano-ambient introduction of "Missing Persons", which in a way sounds like a highly sped-up Burial track combined with Frank Carter III's vocals full of a similar sounding soul heard in Storm Queen's crossover hit "Look Right Through". The drums remain super-quick on "Live On Your Smile" alongside warbled computer bleeps and melancholic female vocals, while "Sunday Crunk" is a hip hop-inspired, MPC-styled slow jam that may well take its inspirations from southern rap. Lastly on this deluxe package, Project: Mooncircle and 2nd Drop artist Deft touches-up Ivy Lab & Emperor's "Pepper" for something verging on heavy dubstep mixed with some growling, Fis-like effects
Division VA 001 EP
DVSN 026
05 Feb 16
Bass
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Noisia/Ivy Lab - "Possession" - (3:36) 96 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Monuman - "Rise" - (4:17) 86 BPM
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Signs - "Diesel" - (3:26) 136 BPM
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Arktkt - "Drownt In It" - (3:11) 139 BPM
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Ponicz - "West Coastin" - (3:52) 57 BPM
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Jnthn Stein - "Cata" - (3:36) 92 BPM
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Review: Noisia's Division operation deliver their very first multi-artist EP featuring far-out bass tests from the likes of Monuman (AKA northern D&B upstart Emperor), Signs, ARKTKT, Ponicz and JNTHN STEIN. Not a well-travelled road in sight; each act delivers something resoundingly fresh and exciting : Noisia & Ivy Lab get insanely lopsided, Monuman digs a filthy bass grave before lifting us to the heavens with evocative chords, Signs gets the motor running with an array of twisted engine samples while ARKTKT activates a spacey trap mode, all bouncy and gravity-free. Last but not least, Ponicz shreds up with a toxic instrumental hip-hop swag while JNTHN STEIN kidnaps a rainbow then pushes it down the stairs... In the same way Division push the envelope.
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