Blue Lab Beats is the brainchild of NK-OK and Mr D.M - The pair are the engine room behind many of the freshest new acts - Age Of Luna , Ruby Francis, Louis VI and also remixers for Emelie Sande, Laura Mvula, Jodie Abacus, Dua Lipa, Rag’n’Bone Man to name a few. With Spotify plays in the millions, they have become a name that crosses from Spotify playlists to clubs to radios. Their production style is raw but sophisticated, musical but not introverted.
Their Blue Skies EP charted in 5 countries and their intro video caught the attention of Dazed Magazine, became the Vimeo Critics’ Choice and has been clocking up views ever since it was first posted.
With all this music happening, they decided to make their own album. Their journey began at a weekend arts club - WAC in Belsize Park. NK-OK met Mr DM, invited him back to the studio and from there the two started making music in the now infamous Blue Lab Studios.
Many production rooms that produce a lot of good music historically are tiny. Motown in Detroit was one. Sun Studios was another such studio and Blue Lab boasts a shortage of space that would leave scratch marks on many an elbow. Still, the music is hot and that's what counts.
The duo cite the following as influences: Mad Lib, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Knxwledge, J Dilla, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson and A Tribe Called Quest. But the interesting part comes from the fact that NK- OK's production journey started with grime. He learnt to programme at age 12 against a background of UK grime; Kano, Ghetts, Wiley and Wretch 32 all played a huge part in his musical upbringing. Jazz came later. It's this musical mish-mash of Mr DM's music instrument wizardry and NK-OK ‘s bottom-end programming and studio know-how that give Blue Lab Beats the edge whilst paying full respect to the jazz art form.