- Alex Clare - Too Close
- Trophy Wife – Sleepwalks
- Yasmin - American Wedding
- Vassy - Bliss
- Anjulie - Love Songs
- Trophy Wife - Microlite
- Yasmin - 5 Minutes
- The Killers - Sams Town
- Artful - Could Just Be The Bassline
- Q-Tip - Heels
Alex Clare – Too Close
Anyone who follows me on twitter knows me and Microsoft don’t get along very well. I’m working late… you can be pretty certain there is a Microsoft product crashing its heart out to make me work even later! Well one thing I can thank Microsoft for is their IE9 advert, the soundtrack to which reminded me about Alex Clare. This track is stonking, and even better when heard live! Trust!
Conya Doss – Don’t Change
Sweet sweet soul music from Conya Doss. Seeing her in the Jazz Cafe was a blessing and I hope she returns this year because her new album is better than the last one. Don’t Change is the first single.
Trophy Wife – Sleepwalks
It’s been a while since I have heard any decent Indie music at all. Until last week, when a good friend sent Trophy Wife my way. Think Two Door Cinema Club on a chill-pill. Great sound and I hope we hear a lot more from them.
De-Lor – Cruel
This one is a nice little acoustic track from singer De-Lor. Totally new on my radar he has very much a Bruno Mars feel about him (and there is nothing fundamentally wrong with thinking Bruno Mars is OK). Looking forward to hearing a lot more.
Dubstep has come a long way in a short space of time. From being seen as Grime’s bullied little brother, it has gone down the gym, drunk gallons of Maximuscle and now looks down and laughs as Grime cowers in the corner. This night epitomised that, the maturing of the sound that now represents youth rave culture.
Live Dubstep however does have to potential to be tedious and unimaginative; DJ’s simply pressing play on pre-mixed songs and throwing in a few samples for good measure. It can lack the the raw, impassioned spontaneity of the best bands. As the four laptops were rolled out, black tape suspiciously where the Apple logo should have been (it was their festival) my heart sunk a little… no drums, no guitars, the stage looked empty. Just four laptops on a table. What could they really do?
What they did was announce, define and confirm how exciting four laptops can be. Whereas bands give you beautiful confusion, Magnetic Man provided heroic perfection. The concentration across all three was intense. It seemed each soundwave was being studied. Any time something went slightly out, a knob was turned, a button pressed and the sound perfected once again. Add on top the special effects, the tweaks and the bravado, Magnetic Man crowd created something quite special and enthralling. Earlier today Skream tweeted the Roundhouse was “sounding MASSIVE!” and he was not lying. The basslines vibrated your spine and shook your entire body.
With this epic sound being clinically perfected the crowd were worked up into a frenzy, like the Roundhouse had turned in to a Roman Amphitheatre. The mob was craving blood, so, Skream, Benga, and Artwork, played their part; teasing with mellow instrumentals, sadistically punishing with hard hitting basslines then rewarding good behaviour with vocal anthems.
It was easy to identify the highlights of this show, it was the perfectly paced vocal bangers. Each bringing its own treat, Ms Dynamite hitting the stage to rap Fire, Alex Clare flawlessly impersonating John Legend on Getting Nowhere, P Money instigating mayhem over Slang Like This and Anthemic. The former induced a wild mosh pit more akin to an Arctic Monkeys festival performance than to a free gig in Camden. Katy B’s appearance was a real crowd pleaser – Perfect Stranger creating just as much a karaoke session tonight as at her show last week. Magnetic Man were flying.
Whilst the sound they created was immense, it would have been nice to see some live instrumentation. Maverick Sabre really raised the bar with his live Dubstep and I think it would have added a whole new dimension of excitement to the show, and raised the bar yet again. Then again, it would have also been great to see La Roux ride in on a white horse to sing In For The Kill before donning a JetPack and rocketing through the roof… but you can’t have it all (Boiling Water would have been a nice addition to the set too).
Magnetic Man proved to be superheroes tonight. The set was sonically clinical and wildly energetic. Great show, and it is definitely worth catching Magnetic Man live if you have the chance. It offers far more than you’d expect from four laptops on a table (with a bottle of Petron for good measure!).
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