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Brought together by shared desires and experimentations on the fringes of the drum and bass scene producers Sabre, Stray and Halogenix joined forces to form Ivy Lab – a North London based production trio who cross-pollinate UK soundsystem culture with notable influences from future beats, the Mo’Wax era, and Los Angeles' Low End Theory championed beat scene.
Debuting in 2013 with the 'Afterthought/Brat' EP on Critical Recordings, the crew have spent the last three years propagating a new generation of sub-genres housed within the framework of their '20/20' project. Initially established as a clubnight, 20/20 is broadened its scope with the launch of a record label, providing a platform for the emerging sounds operating in the hinterlands between footwork, jungle, drum’n’bass, hip-hop and future beats – often referred to under the stop-gap moniker of ‘halftime'.
Following on from the summer success of their 'Fortuna' EP on 20/20 back in June, the trio return today with their remix of Fono's chirpy mainstream dance anthem Feet On The Ground. Taking to the remix pack alongside the likes of Adesse Versions and GotSome, the Ivy Lab rework takes things down a notch by stripping back the beat and drawing out the vocal to add a melancholy and reflective edge.
Speaking on the remix, Ivy Lab said:
"Remixing Feet On The Ground was a lot of fun; the vocals are very strong and we knew straight away we’d be able to concoct something special with them. We tried to keep the remix minimal, clutter free and sharp-edged, whilst at the same time paying homage to the epic and lush music found in the original."
To mark the release of 'Feet On The Ground (Remixes)' and revisit Ivy Lab's halftime 10 best from last year, we invited the boys back to expand on their selections with an extended playlist of tracks that have inspired both themselves and the halftime movement as a whole.
Fono's 'Feet On The Ground (Remixes)' is out now on Polydor Records.