On a cold Wednesday evening in November we went down to The Kings College site just off the strand int he hope that some sunny California girls could brighten up our evening. Haim consist of three sisters with a west coast sound that’s oh-so nu-folk-nineties. They are one of my favourite musical things from 2012 because they come from a movement of bands like Tribes, Palma Violets, Savages and Pond, who for the first time in a decade, have all threatened to show up everyone who had come before them. When I first heard their debut song, Forever, it instantly sent me straight back to my memories of California, where I was earlier on the year for Coachella, so I was hoping their show would do the same. True to the sounds heard on their EP, these girls made us forget about the bitter cold outside and got us rocking out and our heads shaking and forget about she bangs the drums, it was all about they bang the drums as they finished off with each of them pounding in unison while the crowd went wild. They’ve taken girl power to the next level and are certainly ones to watch in 2013. Now all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for them to release their album and catch them on the festival circuit next year, which I’ve no doubt that they’ll rock just as hard, if not harder, then they did at this gig.
Last week I went to the sold out Jessie Ware gig at the intimate Electric Brixton. Her debut album, Devotion, has been gracing the top of the most played list on my iPod since it was released in August. After missing her at Field Day, Hackney Weekend and briefly watching her set at the back of the Big Top tent at this year’s Bestival (whilst stuffing my face with a burger) I couldn’t wait to see her play her own show. As she stepped out on stage, the twinkling intro to Devotion started played and she immediately burst into song. She continued to sing most of the songs from the album including my favourites, Swan Song, Sweet Talk and Night Light. Jessie’s album reminds me of something with a smooth 90s vibe, almost Shola-Ama esque and her live voice was as strong and soothing as it sounds on the recordings. She seemed overwhelmed and endearing to the crowd as she thanked everyone humbly for her support dedicated a couple of tracks to her best friend and brother. At the end of the show we walked out cooing about how much we enjoyed ourselves before continuing to get in the car, put the roof down (in the freezing cold) and blasting her album along The Embankment and all the way home.
A few weeks ago I went along to a really exciting event called PowerUp hosted by Intel Ultrabook at Hoxton Galleries. For four months Talenthouse had been on the hunt to find the next best DJ, scouring the UK and listening to many submissions before deciding on the final six who got to play alongside Benji B at the grand finale of the competition. Not only were the sounds pumping but onedotzero and Marshmellow Laser Feast had decked out the venue with an amazing, 3D interactive visual show with the use of the Ultrabooks. The evolving installation explored multidimensional animations using infinity mirrors and moved in time with the music and the result was pretty spectacular. Thanks to Talenthouse for inviting me down to experience it all first hand.