January 24, 2011

V4YS Concert Review - Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards - Koko, London, 220111

Another year, another great Worldwide Awards evening set-up by Gilles Peterson and his great crew at Brownswood Recordings and BBC Radio One!

This 2011 edition took place at Koko in London and offered an ambitious line-up focusing mostly on the up-and-coming electro/dubstep/abstract beats scene that was the source of many of last year most interestings releases.

The highlights of the evening were the remarkable live acts from James Blake, Flying Lotus and Mount Kimbie as well as cool dj-sets from the likes of Ramadanman, Scuba and LeFto.

James Blake
On vocals, keyboard/vocoder & piano, James Blake came on stage in a trio format with a drummer and a guitarist/sampler. 
He offered a glimpse of his long-awaited first LP to be released early february. 
A mixture of beautiful folk melodies and innovative electro samples & rythms, his sound signature is already easily recognizable by those (like me) who are addicted to his first few astonishing Ep's (see our 2010 favorite records review for more info on these!).
Still, I had never seen him perform live and this short set was enough to definitely convince me that James is much more than a talented home-studio producer.  
I was impressed by the pureness of his singing as well as his mastering of voice effects in live conditions. His Feist cover of the song "Limit To Your Love" was a moment of grace!
Can't wait for the LP!

Flying Lotus
Featuring as a surprise guest and being awarded the album of the year award for "Cosmogramma", Flying Lotus energized the crowd with a condensed live version of his brilliant LP (on that matter also check the brand new "alternate takes" of the album just released on Warp records).

Obviously really happy to receive such a warm welcome, he insufflated a breeze of laid-back californian coolness inside a Koko room that would surely have voted for a much longer session of his magical discontructed abstract beats if the timing of the evening had permitted it.

Below a rough video of "A Cosmic Drama" & "Computer Face/Pure Being" :

Last but not least, let’s mention the great live act from the Mount Kimbie duo. 
Buzzing around their samplers, a drum-set and an electric guitar, they interpreted a few tracks from their must-have LP “Crooks And Lovers”. 
A short but outstanding vocals impro by James Blake on their last song should give them some ideas!

So overall a stimulating musical evening (with also nice performances by artists like Brandt Brauer Freak, Four Tet & Rocketnumbernine) that gave an extended snapshot of a musical space currently blooming.
Thanks a lot to Gilles and all his team for consistently setting up events of this quality!


  1. Nice review! Damn, wish I could have been there...

    PS: BRANDT Brauer Frick :))

  2. thx, spelling amended (too complicated as a name for me;)