On Tuesday May 17th, the Denver underground forces known as Sub.Mission and Recon team up to bring you a fully stacked Electronic Tuesdays. With two international headliners on the bill and a cast of solid local support, this one is set to be a marathon. Hailing from the UK, Ivy Lab will be making their Denver debut.
If you pay any attention to drum and bass, you know there has been some serious hype around Ivy Lab ever since they became a thing. Composed of artists Halogenix, Sabre, and Stray, the trio made their debut in 2012 with the seductive ‘Oblique’. Gaining momentum with a series of releases on Critical, people fell in love with their smooth, liquid rollers that shine as much as they rumble.
Last year, they really stirred things up as they mined new territory in the half-time drum and bass sound. Inspired by hip hop, Ivy Lab’s new 20/20 sound is nasty, sparkly, and most of all fat. You may recognize these tunes from one of Youngsta’s memorable Denver appearances in recent years. And as even more artists (such as Noisia & Alix Perez) hop on board, it’s clear that this is just the beginning for Ivy Lab.
After Ivy Lab, things get dark and murky for the first time with badman Content. In the constantly evolving dubstep scene, Content has really stepped up to the plate in recent years. His label Encrypted Audio is leading the charge in evil dubstep, filling the void that Osiris left behind. Avoiding being pigeonholed to one sound and remaining stylistically diverse, Encrypted Audio is helping shape modern dubstep with a heavy emphasis on an otherworldly aesthetic.
Content’s recent collab project with Samba, known as Δ, journeys even further into leftfield with messages like “we are all Equilateral but some are more Rhombus than others”. It is this striking medium of weirdness and functionality that keeps it fresh. The sheer output on Encrypted is a testament to the current state of dubstep - with so many up-and-coming producers making waves.
To map out the night, we have Recon boss Despise, who always kills it with the selection, getting things going after the battlers. Then after an hour and a half each from Content and Ivy Lab (represented by Stray), we get a heavy outing from Denver locals Valac (comprised of DMVU and Binary). For those of you with work on Wednesday, we salute you! This is going to be a long night of fresh and sinister sonic wizardry. Big ups Recon and Sub.Mission for making this happen!