It’s definitely a great time for music in the UK. A week to date from the release on Friday saw Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer becoming the UK’s first Grime album to reach number one in addition to 7 singles in the Top 40. Seeing the support across all social platforms was really warming to see.
At the beginning of the week, Monday 27th Feb, ILUVLIVE returned for another dope night, bringing you the best UK artists, showcasing their music live.
First up was a singer called Malaika. With her sweet jazz vocals, the young female singer has already begun racking up achievements and was also handpicked by multi-instrumentalist and broadcaster, Jamie Cullum to receive backing from the PRS for music foundation. Her new song I Don’t Feel The Same has a catchy jazz/pop feel and it was great watching the singer/songwriter in her element as she performed. With more music on the way this year, Malaika’s future looks bright.
Levelle London was next to turn the heat up. He is a multi-faceted individual who has been in the industry for years, representing UK RnB whilst defining his own unique style. As well as a singer/songwriter, Levelle is also a producer. Often incorporating a dancehall feel into his music, Tension his soon to be released single is definitely bound to make you catch all sorts of vibes and performing his set with a live band for the first time, all seemed very organic as the band and Levelle worked well together. With more projects in the pipeline, I can’t wait to hear more!
Next was South London’s Flohio. A young and fearless female MC. Swagged out in pieces from Addidas, Converse, Le Coq Sportif and a custom denim jacket, things were bound to go off. With her clever, honest lyrics she engaged with the audience well, providing a great live experience. Having collaborated with God Colony, the track SE16 received a lot of love and recognition across multiple platforms such as Fader and Noisey, Flohio is already making waves and this is just the beginning of her career. Personally, I look forward to seeing her grow as an artist, solidify what is her own unique sound.
Last to perform was Jas and boy oh boy, does she have a voice! Drawing on inspiration from Gospel roots, it was only right that she began her set with Joyful, Joyful. Having performed back in the summer of 2016, it was great to see her back again, this time exuding even more confidence. Her next songs were covers, singing Jordan Rakei’s Selfish showing off her reggae influences. Following this was a mash up of Drake’s Houstatlantavegas with Marvin’s Room. Without disregarding the young singer’s amazing interpretations through her covers, what we must talk about is Jas’ song called Yellow Painting. After introducing the title, no one really knew what to expect but by the end of the song, Jas had us all singing along and even had a wheel up! Her voice is undeniably soulful with a clear and direct tone. This performance was almost like an appetizer, leaving the audience wanting more. With her up and coming project, a release date said to be “coming soon”; I can’t help but wait to see what this talented female has cooked up for us.
That concludes the February edition. If you weren’t there, I feel bad for you. Not to worry though as the next one is happening on the 13th March at the same place, Zigfrid Von Underbelly. Make sure you don’t miss out; I’ll see you there!