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Live Reviews

The Robert Glasper Experiment

Venue Koko, Camden, London
Date 14th November 2016
By Andrew Kay | 17 November 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
If anyone calls themselves the “Experiment”, it’s usually a get-out-of-jail-free card if anyone has the audacity to think the “experiment” didn’t work.  As much as I love jazz, and as much as I love Robert Glasper on wax or CD, J Dilla and the rest of his backpack hip-hop ilk… Continue>

Lady Wray

Venue CLF Art Cafe, Peckham, London
Date 12th November 2016
By Andrew Kay | 17 November 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Down on London’s Southside there’s a soul music explosion. Harking back to the 80s/90s warehouse parties, this is an all-night soul affair from The South London Soul Train collective, and I hitched a ride tonight for a night to cook up moments of sweet nostalgia. Continue>

UK Fresh 2016

Venue Qube, Victoria, London
Date 1st October 2016
By Andrew Kay | 06 October 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
U.K Fresh ’86 has become the watchword for U.K hip-hop vicariousness: were you there? Did you witness it? Was it as legendary as people say it was?  To be honest, I was 13 when I went, and mostly what I can remember is sitting in the front row and witnessing… Continue>


Venue The Rainbow, Birmingham
Date 22nd September 2016
By Mark Devlin | 23 September 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Returning to tour after a four-year hiatus - one of which was spent on activist work in Palestine - the biggest question about Lowkey's series of comeback gigs was whether his time away would have affected his draw in the fast-moving world of hip-hop, or whether he remains the type… Continue>

Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Venue The Garage, Highbury, London
Date 2nd September 2016
By Andrew Kay | 04 September 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
I was shocked to realise that it had actually been 25 years since I last saw Pete Rock and C.L Smooth live. That was in May 1992 at the Hammersmith Palais  (a venue now replaced by a homogenized chain gym). The crowd at the Palais was a nervous, energetic sort… Continue>

Masta Ace

Venue Xoyo, London
Date 10th May 2016
By Andrew Kay | 20 August 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Masta Ace has a carved a niche out for himself in the world of hip-hop. An independent, with an abundance of talent, his embryonic beginning happened under the Marley Marl ‘In Control’ banner in the late 80s. That didn’t work out- Ace has never really been a company man, unless… Continue>

Dilated Peoples

Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date July 2016
By Joanna Chaundy | 11 August 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
London's Jazz Café has now been taken over and newly refurbished by nightlife operator The Columbo Group, who have done a fantastic job in not only keeping it as an intimate venue for hip-hop, but have (most importantly) got the air conditioning working. Continue>

Michael Kiwanuka

Venue Cadogan Hall
Date 31 March 2016
By Jess Denham | 07 April 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Michael Kiwanuka is back, and getting ready to force those pigeonholing him as yet another soul revivalist to open their minds. Continue>

The Pharcyde

Venue Electric Ballroom, London
Date 1st April 2016
By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Billed as the 20th Anniversary show of their second (and better) album, “Lacabincalfornia,” (which was supposed to be played in full, according to the Electric Ballroom blurb on their website,) the two remaining members of The Pharcyde, Imani and Bootie Brown, came on stage to rekindle some of the 90s allure… Continue>

A look back at Phife Dawg's show at London's Jazz Cafe 

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 18 March 2010
By Christopher Mitchell | 23 March 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Honestly speaking, despite being a huge fan of Phife and A Tribe Called Quest as a collective, I went to this show with a sense of apprehension. There was no Q-Tip or Ali Shaheed Mohammad on the bill and its been ten years since Phife's last solo album so what… Continue>
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