Last week, we headed to London’s bustling centre for Souled Out’s launch night at Relentless No. 5. Hosted by Reprezent Radio’s Rellik Tha Don, the night promised to deliver some the brightest and best talent from London’s vibrant pool of soul, jazz and RnB. As you’d imagine, we were pretty excited.
Opening the night was the back-to-back combo of up and coming RnB stars Tilly Bushay and Lottie Jade. Singing solo alongside her pianist, Tilly’s raw and smoky vocals did plenty to set the scene as we were treated to her breakthrough hits ‘Baby Bomb’ and ‘Fan Girl’. In turn, Lottie Jade’s renditions of debut original track ‘See Yaa’, as well as her Destiny Child’s cover, brought a combination of infectious energy and impeccable vocals to the setting.
Next up was Boadi and ‘The Banku Powers’. It’s an open secret that here at Somewhere Soul we rinse Boadi’s music all day, every day. And his outstanding performance was yet another reminder he deserves every success the last few months has brought him. His nostalgic fusion of honeyed basslines, gentle licks of guitar alongside his breathtaking vocals made his performance undoubtedly the highlight of the night.
Following an act like Boadi is always a challenge, but Rose Gray’s stripped back performance served her well. The East Londoner’s soft, gentle vocals flowed nicely atop the mellow backing of her brand of classic soul. Last up was Tottenham-born Bobii Lewis. The Wretch 32 and Stefflon Don-collaborator brandished his commercial-style RnB with both enthusiasm and precision, closing the night in style.
As launch night’s go, we were pretty impressed. We’ll certainly be watching out for whatever they’ve got coming next.