London-based Blue Lab Beats, made up of producer NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM, have built a buzz around them for their supreme ability to explore a heritage of hip-hop and grime with a background of jazz, blending the analogue with the digital and presenting jazz in it's new incarnation. They will release their debut album, Xover, in March 2018, and have shared it's first single, the irrepresibly groovy 'Pineapple'.
The track opens with Mr DM’s bubbling guitar hook, laid over a staccato percussive rhythm provided by drummer and guest Moses Boyd, the smokey brass of jazz collective NÉRIJA's free flows, evoking a relaxed, tropical ambience befitting the track’s name. You feel as if the summer is back listening to the track, before the dawning reality that it's over sets in again.
Xover is set to include the likes of Kojey Radical, Nubya Garcia, Otha Soul and more, and will be a thrilling chapter in the rise of the group and the London jazz scene they represent. Listen to 'Pineapple' below.