Blue Lab Beats are enjoying a purple patch. With the ink still drying on their publishing deal with Stellar Songs and Tim & Danny Music, the jazz-fusion production duo soundtracked the trailer for Raine Allen-Miller’s debut feature-length film Rye Lane. Producer NK-OK (Namali Kwaten) and multi-instrumentalist Mr DM (David Mrakpor) also make an appearance in the movie, which is set in South London.
Blow You Away (Delilah) features Afrobeats artist Ghetto Boy and Mrakpor tells Music Week that the filmmakers fell in love with the track.
“We were told that the script writers had it on repeat and they wanted it for the movie,” he says. “They also wanted another instrumental song of ours called Memories.”
Bandmate Namali Kwaten says Rye Lane presented a big opportunity.
“Sync for any act is a huge chance to connect with a new audience,” he says. “Blow You Away (Delilah) is now our top song on Shazam and we are being contacted by people as far away as Japan sharing screenshots of us in the movie.”
Blue Lab Beats have also been invited to tour in Japan thanks to the film, which streamed on Disney + and Hulu in the USA and in cinemas across the UK and Europe.
Unsurprisingly, the duo’s team are elated with the results.
“It shows the growing interest in their unique jazz-fusion style and we really hope that this is the first of many syncs,” says Shaurav D’Silva, UK CEO of Stellar Songs.
Ferocious Talent’s Kwame Kwaten adds that Rye Lane will have a lasting impact.
“It’s groundbreaking and will be with us for a while yet,” says the manager. “It’s simply brilliant, a soulful, romantic film that portrays a piece of South London life that is not often seen in the movies. We are proud to be a part of it.”
Spot: Rye Lane
Title: Blow You Away (Delilah)
Artist: Blue Lab Beats (Feat Ghetto Boy)
Writers: Namali Kwaten, David Mrakpor, Kevin Kameni
Master: Blue Note, Universal/Blue Adventure
Publisher: Metropolis Songs (Ghetto Boy Publishing CC)
Music Supervisor: David Fish
Director: Raine Allen-Miller
Air Date: 12.01.23