Every Tuesday at the beautiful Curve Garden, from June to September with 3 amazing musical acts, delicious Latto's pizza and the incredible Curve Garden atmosphere.
BLUE LAB BEATS
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 Jodie Abacus, Dua Lipa, Rag n Bone man to name a few. The production style is raw but also sophisticated - musical but not introvert. Their recent Blue Skies EP intro video caught the attention of Dazed and Confused Magazine and has been clocking up views ever since.
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. 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 - Wretch 32 all played a huge part in his musical upbringing. The Jazz came later. It's this musical mishmash of Mr DM's music instrumental wizardry and a whole lotta NK-OK bottom end and programming know how that gives Blue Lab Beats the edge and takes it out of straight Jazz format whilst paying full respect to the artform.
With an average age of 19, TriForce is a Jazz infused band coming out of a vibrant London live music scene. Dominic Canning, Ricco Komolafe and Benjamin Appiah came together after meeting on their first year at Middlesex University and finding common interest in the music of Thundercat, J Dilla, Austin Peralta and Funky Knuckles.
The exciting guitarist, Mansur Brown, completes the band line-up that have already made a name for themselves within London’s alternative jazz community, due in no small part to their raw youthful energy.
In their own words, “The driving force behind TriForce are the values that we take into our everyday lives. Creativity, innovation and empowerment. We aim to empower those in the younger generation to take a lead and think outside of the box. Regarding our music, we wanted to take it somewhere that people haven’t explored before, people have done hip hop, done swing, done RnB, it’s time for it go somewhere else – it’s time for it to be elevated.
The beauty of music today is that everyone is open to ideas, when new styles of music come on the scene people are all ears. It forces people to be creative and think in places they’ve never gone to before, whether that’s through spirituality or going back home to the motherland. Music today is reaching peaks it has never reached before. It’s now the UK’s turn to show what we have to offer.”
£5 in advance
£7 on the door
Woodburner at the Curve Garden is supported by Knights Cider.