Saw SG Lewis this evening at Koko. I’m a sucker for electro soul vibes so I was in bliss throughout.
Are you around in London on 3rd February? Want to see these guys at Club NME at KOKO? I’m going, and the lovely people at KOKO have given me a couple of free tickets to give to you guys too.
To enter just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘KOKO’ on the header bar. I’ll pick a winner at random on the 24th January at 12:00 and drop the winner a line.
Visit KOKO’s website if you want to buy tickets here.
Sam Sure & Giacomo are a duo with their eyes set firmly on the top. The mixture of slamming production, hooky melodies and straight up heart felt lyrics demand you to sit up and pay attention. Immersed in music the pair consistently push the boundaries of what a hip hop act can do, to the point where their sound no longer conforms to one genre but is a melting pot of a million influences. Experimental in the studio and mad energetic live, this is a band to watch in 2011.
At High Fidelity in the Gallery: Fabio Lendrum is a 19-year-old, South-West London-raised musician who as 2010 rolled around was already celebrating his first Top 10 hit as a writer on Example’s song ‘Won’t Come Quietly’. However it’s his own catalogue of songs that demand attention. Having already performed some brilliantly received spots at Matter and Bestival and now signed in a worldwide deal with Warner Music, Fabio is busy juggling bringing his debut album to completion and DJing as much as he can.
The last time I saw Patrick Wolf live was at London’s Astoria before it got demolished to make way for an evil new train route. That was what, maybe three years ago? Maybe four… It was when he’d just released his ‘Magic Position’ album. That show was ridiculously over the top but very fun. Tonight I saw a different show though. There weren’t as many outfit changes or stage antics- just beautiful, colourful songs that have an optimistic vibe around them. Maybe it’s because he’s fallen in love, or maybe he’s just getting better the older the gets, but whatever it is, Patrick Wolf is super gifted.
Just came back from this TV recording of the Album Chart Show for Channel 4, being filmed at Koko in London. Playing tonight were N*E*R*D, The Hoosiers, The Klaxons and The Script- but we only stayed for the first two (I’m not a huge fan of Klaxons or Script, and we had to wait something like 15 minutes between the sets so we just got old and went home instead). Check out the pics from the night on my Flickr right now. We were right at the front -thanks N*E*R*D for winning us some tickets! The Hoosiers were pretty good, but Pharrell and N*E*R*D were OUT OF THIS WORLD! You have to go see these dudes out when they hit a town near you.
I was really excited about seeing Hurts perform for the first time in a big venue- they’ve been the talk of blogs since last year and they were super good. The whole set was just really swish (does anyone use that word anymore?). Everything Everything were also sharing the top bill but I wasn’t so keen on them, although Photoshop Handsome was loads of fun. I feel like they try to do too much at the same time. Darwin Deez was supporting, and much as I think he’s really cool, some of the songs sounded a hot mess. The dancing was between tracks with his band was so awesome though! When I arrived I discovered that Active Child was also playing on the night but I didn’t get there in time to catch it, so I’m off to see him tonight at the Garage.