Every Wednesday the good people at Woodburner put on a free music event at Flat Iron Square and this week we were treated to one of the hottest names in the London music scene, Blue Lab Beats.
Meshing together Jazz, hip-hop and soul, their infectious sound has propelled them into the limelight and seen them play a successive string of recent shows including bookings in Ireland, France and Germany. Having seen Facebook live streams of the sort of vibe that they bring to their live shows, we were extremely excited.
Opening up proceedings for the evening was singer and songwriter Ruby Francis who set the tone for the evening with her energetic set that fused her slick RnB vocals with weighty electronic beats.
Next up were Blue Lab Beats who instantly got the crowd moving to their soulful beats. With NK-OK on the sample pad and Mr DM on keys, bass and guitar, they worked their way through a set that had everything we could have wished for including exclusives, mash-ups, old favourites and even a wheel up.
The talent on display was quite remarkable at times. NK-OK had a drum pad solo that was so unbelievable a member of the audience walked on stage to see how his fingers were doing it, and Mr DM played the bass guitar and the keyboard at the same time for one of their tracks. Other highlights included mash-up renditions of 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine' by Roy Ayers and 'Be Faithful' by Fat Man Scoop.
It was a great evening and a fantastic performance from a duo who are in high demand at the moment for very good reason.