Nu-age soul duo BLUE LAB BEATS (NK-OK and Mr D.M who work out of the Blue Lab studios) impressed all and sundry with their 2016 EP, ‘Blue Skies’. Then came the single ‘Keep Moving’ which is now followed by an equally languid an atmospheric groove ‘Sam Cooke And Marvin Gaye’. It’s not really a tribute to that mighty duo, more a jazzy, hip-hop reflection on the power of nostalgia with every generation having their own heroes. On the cut, the pair are aided and abetted by poetic lyricist Kojey Radical and London singer, Tiana Major9.
We’ll never know what Marvin and Sam would make of it; but I think they’d approve… the duo (like the Blue Lab boys) were always ahead of the trend and never afraid to try something new.
Anyway, the single is taken from Blue Lab Beats’ forthcoming ‘Freedom’ EP and has been A listed at Jazz FM.