Review: As a label, we never quite know what to expect from the 20/20 LDN Recordings crew, who always manage to keep us on our toes with a constantly evolving release style. This latest four track project from DEFT is a great example of that, as we firstly dive into the glitchy hip-hop arrangements of 'James Woods'. This is then followed closely by the horror-style soundscaping and grizzly percussive layers of 'Zimma' alongside the liquidized sub structures half time drum slaps of 'Click The Snap'. Finally we round off with a look at the title track 'Pressure', which deploys super groovy hi-hat lines with bouncy percussive pops to add something very different at the close!
Review: We are always keen to sit down and explore the more unusual areas of electronic music, often finding ourselves loving more ambient, stripped back pieces of production. With that in mind we have found an absolute gem in this brand new album from Deft, who gets busy with 12 original pieces of stunning sound design. The title track 'Cracks' shows exactly what we are in for, as a wash of colourful synths and harmonies cascade upon our ears, followed by the more experimental drum work and unpredictability of tracks like 'Rollon' and 'Scope'. For us, we have to recommend this one being taken in during a long play sitting, but want to highlight both the incredible atmospheric designs of 'Coil' and squishy percussive expanses of 'Constant K' as favourites for this one.
Review: Ivy Lab are most certainly known for their musical creativity and they here put that on display yet again as they are housed on the fantastic 20/20 LDN Recordings imprint. We kick off this wicked four tracker with the swampish, popping drum switches of 'All Day Swimming' which simmers below breathy lead melodies and above hard hitting subs. Next, 'Betty White' arrives in funkadelic fashion alongside 'Barclay Crenshaw', before the purple synth expressions 'When I Go' roll into the field of play. Finally, we take a look at the stunning percussive movements and vibrant drum work of the title track 'Stars', again showcasing just why Ivy Lab are held in such high favour by EDM heads worldwide.
Review: With a reputation for being one of the most creative artist tags in electronic music, Ivy Lab returns here for a six track extravaganza, kicking off with one hell of a collaboration. Onoe Caponoe & L-Zee Roselli are drafted in to supply some high energy vocal pressure on the title track 'Space War 169', and they most certainly deliver. The EP also boasts a strong selection of instrumental pieces, from the shuffling electronic tones of 'Wideboi' and super choppy drum slaps of 'Rococo' to the trap-like bass jangles of 'Zip It' and frankly phenomenal hip hop grooves of 'Suburbia'. This is yet another production masterclass from Ivy Lab.
Review: It is genuinely becoming more and more difficult to find flaws in the genius of Ivy Lab's production, with this latest drop on the illustrious 20/20 LDN Recordings being yet another top quality delivery. We begin with the emotive key expressions and crunchy percussion of 'Ophelia', which sets the mood perfectly, alongside the more raucous bass pounds and high energy vocal lines of the title track 'Fidget'. From here the party continues to ignite as 'Merlot' provides us with a stunning shuffle up of new school hip hop themes, alongside unpredictable syncopation and moody dissonance of 'Wanderlust'. Finally, we jump into the vocal blender as the sliced vocal tones and guitar plucks of 'Baywatch 480p' unleash something truly special to round us off.
Review: What a combination of brilliance we have here as 20/20 LDN Recordings return for yet another mind boggling addition their already exquisite catalogue, as they unveil this naughty collaboration between Ivy Lab & Two Fingers, who really to go to town. The track takes the name 'Hotline' and is a stuttering synthy behemoth of electronic artistry, showcasing just how creative the half-time sound can become. Amazing stuff as per from two incredibly forward thinking producers.
Review: Lifted from the Swamp 81 camp is Sumgii dropping the Deadline for Ivy Lab's 20/20 LDN Recordings. Soaked in a thick coat of dredd, "Deadline" hisses with reversed breathes and vocals that strafe left to right between stepping chimes and a three-tone bassline. "303 O'Two" sees the drunken beats and samples of Sumgii fall and trip over a plodding, almost comical bassline, tick-tocking percussion and detuned horror synths. Tip.
Review: Who's ready to get wonky? This latest offering from the 20/20 LDN Recordings crew is bound to make you do just that as they invite in the futuristic production sounds of Up High Collective and Vorage for two wicked new originals. We kick off with the dip inspiring drum grooves and warbling bass stutters of 'King Consom', which sits as the title track for this one. On the flip side we face another major switch up as 'Mounth Paramount' drifts into the forefront, driven by it's eerie atmospheric textures and unpredictable drum arrangements, this is definitely one for the zoners.
Review: It's safe to say that the 20/20 LDN Recordings crew have struck dynamite with this one as the engulfing sounds of Up High Collective team up with Vorace for two absolute heaters. Firstly, the circulating bass tones and creepy chord expansions of 'HelophAoo's Hunt' swarm into play, packed with unearthly energy and unique drum ideals. Secondly, we look at the completely unique title track 'Binomium', a super electronic adventure, filled to the brim with stunning synthesizer work and minimal drum movements, created a real retro feel from start to finish.