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Live Reviews

Jean Grae

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 31st January 2012
By Christopher Mitchell | 08 February 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
With a career spanning nearly two decades, Jean Grae has proven herself to be one of the most respected yet overlooked talents in all of hip-hop. Even though during this time she adopted various monikers, initially as a member of underground Natural Resource and then as What What, she is… Continue>

fDeluxe

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 19th January 2012
By Charles Waring | 25 January 2012
Published in: Live Reviews
As I watched fDeluxe going through their sound check in an empty Jazz Café, they began playing a groove that was taut, lean, and riding on a sinewy bass line. That was when something strange and remarkable happened to me: as I tapped my foot in time with the beat… Continue>

London Community Gospel Choir

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 23rd December 2011
By Andrew Kay | 24 December 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
Tonight was my second experience of choir participation. On Monday, I supported my dear mother at her carol concert in aid of Save the Children at Cadogan Hall.  Nothing wrong with a bit of traditional sing-a-long with hymns of old- it usually gladdens the soul and gives the vocals a… Continue>

Brian McKnight

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 11th December 2011
By Christopher Mitchell | 19 December 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
Not any and every artist can sell out the Jazz Cafe four nights in a row.  Brian McKnight is one of those rare artists that can command a sizable crowd regardless of where he goes and his string of shows last weekend was no different. Continue>

De La Soul

Venue IndigO2, London
Date 4th December 2011
By Christopher Mitchell | 08 December 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
There are three things in life that are certain; death, taxes and the fact that De La Soul are virtually guaranteed to put on an amazing show every time. This past Sunday was no different as Plug One, Two and Three paid a visit to London to give us a… Continue>

J. Cole

Venue Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Date 3rd December 2011
By Eric Maganga | 06 December 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
J. Cole is a hip hop rookie - at least in terms of studio albums. The North Carolina star has a string of well-received mixtapes. These are loved by his adoring fans, and he had a tremendous following and a substantially sized hype around him way before ‘Cole World: The… Continue>

Emeli Sande

Venue Koko, London
Date 29th Nov 2011
By Joanna Chaundy | 30 November 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
Before the major record companies snapped up Emeli Sandé she projected a girlie look with luscious, long curls. Today her shaven, Mohican-styled bleached hair presents a cool image of the street, somewhat at odds with the dowdy black kaftan she wore at London’s Koko. The Scottish singer-songwriter seemed grateful to… Continue>

George Clinton & Parliament/ Funkadelic

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 28th November 2011
By Andrew Kay | 29 November 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
In these tough economic times, we’d all probably like to bugger off on a ship to a faraway galaxy. 35 years ago, the funky, spacey Diaspora of the funketeers of Parliament came down from the Mothership to give the bland musical diet of the world a kick up the backside,… Continue>

Scarface

Venue Key Club, West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Date 18th November 2011
By Andrew Kay | 22 November 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
Scarface has never played in the U.K, so tonight was going to be somewhat of a rare event, even in Los Angeles, where he hadn't performed in a long while. Continue>

Elzhi

Venue The Jazz Cafe
Date 3rd Nov 2011
By Christopher Mitchell | 09 November 2011
Published in: Live Reviews
Following his unceremonious and somewhat confusing departure from Slum Village, Elzhi has been on a relentless quest to rebuild his buzz by slaughtering any instrumental that dares to cross his path. Earlier this year, he undertook the ambitious and some say downright crazy task of remaking the classic Nas album,… Continue>
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