Live. Rizzle Kicks

Rizzle Kicks exploded onto the scene less than a year ago, and on May 2nd 2012 they played at o2 Academy Bournemouth as part of their first UK headline tour, which completely sold out weeks in advance. Support came from Josh Osho and Mikill Pane.

Josh Osho is a singer/songwriter from London in a similar vein to Ed Sheeran with soulful vocals over an acoustic guitar but with a dance slant. He sounded promising, already incorporating a full band into his live show, but didn’t set the stage alight with his presence which is half the battle when you’re trying to make a name for yourself in a scene as crowded as his. His latest single, Redemption Days, is something a little different though and well worth checking out. Redemption Days.

Mikill Pane is generating a lot of buzz at the moment after the release of  the fantastic ‘You Guest It’ EP and after listening to it, and seeing him live it’s easy to see why. Opening with a remix of Goyte’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ he instantly sets the pace for his set, and has the audiences attention, laying down heavy hitting verse after verse over the dreamy and light chorus of the original song. Mikill Pane knows how to work a crowd and deliver a support set, having been on tour extensively with Ed Sheeran throughout 2011 into 2012, being careful not to focus to much on his own material but instead displaying his skill and finesse as an MC with reworkings of other songs which included Little Lady, the A-Team remix that bought Mikill Pane into the spotlight when it featured on Ed Sheeran’s No. 5 Collaborations EP. On stage Mikill Pane is quite laid back, not trying to hard, but letting his music do most of the work to get the crowd going, and it works. With a debut album out later this year, I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from Master Pane who gave Rizzle Kicks a tough act to follow.

Rizzle Kicks bounded onto the stage backed by  jazzed up version of the ‘Inspector Gadget’ theme tune and led the audience in a singalong of “duh du duh du du Inspector Gadget” which acted as a wake up for everyone before the Brighton duo launched into Miss Prophet. What followed was an hour and a bit of intense bouncing fun.

Harley and Jordan were relentless in their energetic approach to the show, constantly jumping around the stage while maintaining a clear and distinct vocal delivery. Their backing band was amazing, jazzing up Rizzle Kick’s songs and expanding their scope of sound as well as throwing in covers of theme tunes including James Bond and Harry Potter to rapturous applause from the crowd. ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and ‘Down With The Trumpets’ received the biggest reactions of the night, with an animated and potent reworking of Ed Sheeran’s ‘You Need Me…’ also garnering a massive response.

If you like Rizzle Kicks on record, then you absolutely have to see them live. The duo put on an intense and sprightly show that won’t disappoint though,with a winter tour already selling out, you’ll have to act fast.

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~ by justdip on 16/05/2012.

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