Ivy Lab release the 2nd E.P of their Winter 2020 trilogy of releases with help from elusive South London Rapper Rocks FOE.
A month on from the “Fidget E.P,” Londoners Gove & Jay (Sabre & Stray) are dropping 5 more tracks taken from a prolific summer of beat-making - squeezed into the aperture that followed Lockdown#1.
Shifting in mood somewhat from the jaunty playfulness of its proceeding entry in the series, this latest E.P has a far more hostile outlook. Unsettling from the get-go with the B-Movie inspired title track, by the time you’re half way through the E.P, there’s an assault of vocal chops from the track ‘Gutted’ proclaiming I’M PISSED THE FUCK OFF, I’M MAD as they flicker between edits of a Lynn Collins breakbeat.
Witty South London rapper Rocks FOE (Black Acre / Fire in the Booth) jumps onto ‘Dark Horse’ with a grime-streaked flow and tommy-gun delivery in a rare appearance for Rocks to make on somebody else's beats.
The doom of its opening withdraws in place of warmth as the E.P closes up with the tracks ‘Pain’ & ‘Together Plus Mute’ - the former channeling a distinctly Dipset bravado, the latter bringing the energy down significantly to provide a warm-blanket-hug. As with the ‘Fidget E.P’, the series comes accompanied by a gallery of images from photographer Above Ground whose shots give mood and accent to their partner-track.
“Fidget E.P was the sunshine release of this trio, this one is way more angry, way more brooding - winter has arrived”
“Lukas (Above Ground) might just be our favourite street photographer. Curating his imagery to specific tracks has given this series a really interesting episodic / soap-opera feel” ~ Ivy Lab