Let's dive in. The year is 2010, and we're in the basement of a cold, dark laboratory in Strasbourg. In one corner, a scientist is slumped over his workstation, his mind racing. Distraught by the lack of recognition for unknown performers, the scientist felt the need to create an elixir to promote them.
He immediately set about exploring all the avenues that would enable him to create the perfect preparation. In the course of his research, he discovered musical distillation: extracting evocative tracks from albums to condense the best into compilations.
By fusing molecules of French rap with trip hop substances sprinkled with glitch hop, the researcher created the first 3rd Lab compilation. With the secret formula in his possession, he kept repeating the operation. The same year, the scientist created a second compilation of liquid and gaseous compounds. The recipe for the potion never ceased to evolve and to be the subject of new experiments. Artistically varied and mysteriously composed, a series of 8 other 3rd Lab compilations was born.
The more the hourglass ticks, the more the compilations become a symbol of the laboratory. Particles of funky hip hop and fragments of electronics are added to the recipe. The scientist's solution is constantly expanding. He mixes abstract hiphop, footwork and samples in his flask. A pinch of trap here, a pinch of folktronica there, he picks out glitches and incorporates them into the mix, not hesitating to combine them with breakbeat samples.
The 3rd Lab compilations have become emblematic and are now part of the label's DNA. Each one as unique as the next, they perfectly reflect the artistic field of Strasbourg's music laboratory.