Ivy Lab and Alix Perez have been sculpting refreshing beat-centric bass music everywhere from indie beat junkie label Alpha Pup to Ivy Lab’s 20/20 imprint. Now under the watchful eye of Critical Music, Alix unites with Sabre, Stray, and Halogenix to put forth the beautifully crafted and highly anticipated Arkestra EP.
Stunning bits like the clean and addictive “Maiden” roll out with shiny breaks and raw emotion, followed by the relaxing sounds of a soft rain shower. Delicious funky halftime beats are showcased on the vibey “Stop It” along with the other halftime banger “Tell Dem,” which features detailed switch ups and nostalgic rave stabs.
“The Last Night” goes all in on the dreamy liquid-soul vibes with a nice build and smooth male vocal, while the title track carries a crashing break with progressive percussion builds and heady richness. Those who scoop this up direct from Critical are treated to the bonus track “No One Else,” a snappy, easy-going roller with gliding tambourines.
You can get a hold of this gripping release February 26 on both digital and vinyl formats, but keep in mind that the aforementioned bonus track is a digital exclusive, available for pre-order direct from Critical here.