Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Review: ILUVLIVE Presents: Tinie Tempah/Disturbing London Records Showcase

Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to the ILUVLIVE presents: Tinie Tempah/Disturbing London Records showcase @ Bar Rumba.

Due to some, let's say some 'unfortunate' circumstances with the bars sercurity I missed Mister Who's performance, but was told by quite a few people that he's definitely one to look out for!

The first act I saw was the lovely Vanya Taylor (as well as her back-up singers) and she absolutely blew the crowd away as she sashayed through three tracks which displayed a varied vocal style from high to low pitch which, was very impressive. Speaking to her after her performance she said she hasn't performed for over 6 months, but it definitely did not show.

Second to the stage was elektro/pop/indie All About She. Although I had not heard of the boys before they had quite a following and had the crowd rocking and singing along as they ripped through two of their tracks and hyped the crowd for the main feature of the night.

Last, but definitely not least to the stage was the man who is Tinie in name but not in personality, Tinie Tempah. I think many people may have under-rated him and pigeon-holed him as an artist who only makes songs for the ladies (who were in full attendance) but that changed with the releases of 'Hood Economics: Room 147' and 'Sexy Beast Vol.1' mixtape respectively. I also remember a very memorable freestyle on Kiss FM DJ Logan's show which certainly showed me that Tinie is a true MC.

The first track performed was 'I'm Hot' featuring M.I.A who was replaced by the equally talented Disturbing London Records affiliate Sasha. The second track was off of Tinie's new album 'The DISCovery' which will be out January 2010. Tinie closed the show with smash hit 'Tears' and an acoustic refix version of the song that really put him on the map 'Wifey'.

Tinie's vibrant performance showed why he is fast becoming a festival favourite as he is not afraid to experiment with different sounds whilst staying true to his Hip Hop/Grime roots. It is easy to see his development as an artist and also the influence of having a good team behind him.

All of the artists on the night performed with a live band which only enhanced the show!

Everyone at Disturbing London Records have been working hard for many years to bring through credible UK talent and if last night was anything to go by they have no plans of easing up off of their grind anytime soon...

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