London based producer Stray made his first mark on the Drum & Bass scene in 2009 but has since cemented himself in the wider underground electronic music scene.
Though initially known for his stripped back, dark & minimal 170bpm material, he quickly went on to showcase a remarkable variety of styles whilst keeping a distinctive and recognisable quality to the music. The range of influential labels who have released it over the years reflects the diversity of his output, from 2011's jungle-juke workout 'Break Your Legs' on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint right up to the slew of unique Hip Hop & Footwork hybrids released recently on dBridge's esteemed Exit Records, such as the 'Chatterbox' EP from 2014.
Stray is also one third of Ivy Lab, alongside his longtime friends and collaborators Sabre and Halogenix. To say that the trio's releases on Kasra's Critical Music have taken the scene by storm would be an understatement, and their London clubnight '20/20' has gathered ample recognition and success since it's inception in 2014. It's clear through these nights & their recent productions that the group are seriously influencing a new and fast expanding cross pollination of dancefloor tinged Hip Hop and british basslines which borrows heavily from the Drum & Bass aesthetic and engineering muscle.
Sustaining work on his solo output amidst Ivy Lab's success, Stray's material regularly continues to gain support from key tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Toddla T, Friction, Mark Pritchard, Youngsta, Om Unit, Alix Perez, Kutmah and many more. His recently released ‘Paradise’ EP on Exit Records was perhaps Stray’s most adventurous project yet; feauturing remixes from dBridge and Machinedrum, it saw him deftly spin all manner of tempos and moods into one cohesive web and served as a statement of intent for the producer’s future ambition.
Stray is also renowned for his ability to echo this production ethos as a DJ, both alone and in partnership with his fellow Ivy lab members. A catalogue of online mixsets have gathered much traction with fans, with the crew utilising their far reaching and meticulous taste to sculpt mixes with a trademark attention to detail and a purposeful flow. An increasingly busy schedule of shows reaching far outside just the Drum & Bass circuit indicate Stray’s burgeoning and scene-wide presence as a forward thinking DJ and tastemaker.