Blue Lab Beats: Working jazz and soul into a hip hop format

Blue Lab Beats, the twosome behind some of the freshest beats, melodies and multi-instrumentals with a hip hop/soul/jazz vibe, play their first headline gig at Jazz re:freshed tomorrow night.

The North London-based production duo, Blue Lab Beats – who have produced remixes for the likes of Jodie Abacus, Dua Lipa and Rag’n’Bone Man, and collaborated and worked with the likes of The Age Of L.U.N.A, songstress Ruby Francis and Otha Soul rapper Louis VI – released their debut EP, Blue Skies, last year.

Largely instrumental, Blue Skies EP is a four-track feel good introduction to Blue Lab Beats whose influences are far and wide – from grime artists Kano and Wiley, hip hop hall of famers Public Enemy, through to jazz legend Oscar Peterson.

Raising the blue vibes of divine love, Blue Lab Beats are a talented duo who are a reflection of a new generation of artists coming together in London with jazz as a common thread.

Eighteen-year-old NK-OK (aka Namali Kwaten) is the one on beat production and samples while Mr DM (aka David Mrakpor) gives it multi-instrumental action switching from guitar, keys to bass.

NK-OK and Mr DM, who aptly describe themselves as “actually some cool dudes that like making music”, express themselves in a “hip hop format while at the same time combining it with jazz and soul elements”.

Blue Lab Beats play Jazz:refreshed at London’s Mau Mau Bar on Thursday 2 March. Tickets cost £5. 

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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