Stefan Anfield and Laurie Carroll aka Mind Vortex are classically trained musicians, Laurie on the clarinet and saxophone, Stef on the piano, the pair both dropped out of their jazz bands the following day. Picking up old bits of hardware and whatever software they could afford, the duo spent the following six years chiselling their craft. Soaking up influences far and wide; soul, jazz, funk and classical were all added to the menu as the pair munched through music, digging deep to understand what made certain tracks so powerful and all the best hooks come with that tangible sense of magic.

2009: research and development over, they were confident they had a sound sharp enough to unleash. They wrote a wishlist of labels they wanted to work with. Ram was top of that list, so they picked up the phone.

The rest is D&B history! Ram instantly recognised Laurie and Stefan's talents and, after a debut on Plush Recordings, signed them exclusively.

On the verge of their NZ tour Laurie from Mind Vortex took time out to give us a play by play account of their forthcoming "Against The Grain EP".

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24-04-15 Studio, Auckland
25-04-15 Dux Live, Christchurch
26-04-15 Bodega, Wellington

Mind Vortex - Against The Grain EP (Ram Records)
Released 04 May 2015

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After the incredibly good Colours EP one of the best duos of the D&B scene, who need no introduction – Mind Vortex, are ready to release their next EP and it will hit twice as hard as the last time. We are getting another four tracks, that will be played everywhere and everyone will love it, even those, who are not really into the D&B music, it’s just that amazing.
Title-track ‘Against the Grain’ serves as an great example of how insane and powerful their ideas and production are. From the first seconds you recognize their signature sound. And these words apply to all the four tracks, but still, all of them are different. 2015 is probably the year of Ram Records and this release is so far one of the most… wait, why are you still reading this? Just listen to it, don’t waste your time!

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