Kwes (left) Sampha (centre) Chairlift (right)
Last night I went to see a stellar line up of acts hosted by the Young Turks label.
First on the bill was Kwes and the thunderous talking from the East London crowd that schlepped to Soho could have ruined it. It was on what seemed like a fragile ballad that it all got kind of lost. There was however enough funk and fuzz complementing his sparse and efforless vocal on the rest of the set and especially on Get Up to impress.
Kwes – Get Up (download MP3 at http://emailunlock.com/kwes/get-up ) by kwes
Next up was sometime SBTRKT collaborator Sampha and his micro- 15 minute set was ablaze with soulful vocals and piano. I highly reccomend a listen, below.
Sampha-Indecision by samphamusic
Bullion got the energy levels going either side of Sampha with an ecletic and funky DJ set culminating in Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. Yes, that eclectic!
Bullion & Sampha – XX Fantasy Cover by bullionness
The headliners Chairlift didn’t disappoint sadly for those left in long lines down Oxford St. Caroline Polachek rocked every corner of the stage, sharing embraces with fans and writhing on the floor as if the sense of the history of the venue had possessed her. The tight touring band tore through a selection of new album Something and old favourite Evident Utensils to raptuous response.