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Review – Labrinth Live at One Mayfair

In celebration of the release of Labrinth’s debut album, ‘Electronic Earth’, the singer/super-producer hooked up with Sony Xperia for ‘A Night Of Imagination’.

Held at the stunning One Mayfair venue, I walked into the glamorous ballroom to be blinded by pink and purple flashing lights and thumping dubstep sounds. With mojitos flowing like water and the crowd thickening, it looked set to be a grand night for the Hackney star…

As the music faded, the crowd exploded (too many mojitos, perhaps?) as Labrinth jumped onto the stage. Looking dapper in a white shirt and red waistcoat, the singer kicked off his set with ‘Climb On Board’. The stage setup was pleasing to the eye, set up like a church with flashing lights and smoke machines – it certainly made the whole arrangement look extremely epic. He swiftly moved on to ‘Express Yourself’, which was carried out with so much soul and energy that the audience couldn’t help but wave their hands with ecstatic smiles. His version of the Madonna classic took us back to the ’80s and made us feel a part of something timeless and classic.

Labrinth then slowed the pace down to perform the swagged-out track, ‘Sundown’. With a tremendous grin on his face, the singer happily went straight into ‘Let The Sun Shine’ before allowing the dance crew, iLuminates, take the stage. The group claimed their fame when they featured on ‘America’s Got Talent’, and this was their first UK performance. Dancing to a club remix of ‘Last Time’ in light-up superhero-style suits, they were a fitting support act for the night, with phenomenal choreography.

Labrinth then burst back onto the stage, donned in a light-up jacket to perform the original version of ‘Last Time’. But there was one song that everyone had been waiting for. When “Labrinth, come in” sounded through the speakers, the crowds cheers reached deafening levels. As he jumped around the stage performing ‘Earthquake’, his vocals didn’t falter and his energy only increased. He finished the song by strumming on a guitar before smashing it on the floor and before we knew it, Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s ‘N****s In Paris’ tune blasted through the speakers and Labrinth was gone!

Leaving the crowd whilst they were at their ultimate high, the man of the night later appeared on the dancefloor, warmly hugging fans and friends and having a dance. In support of their friend, Etta Bond and Josh Kumra were also spotted on the floor, alongside Labrinth’s proud family. ‘Futuristic Earth’ was clearly a well-thought through title and does exactly what it says on the tin – Labrinth is bringing back classic sounds with a futuristic twist. His album surely will become a staple in the new generation of quality, innovative British music.

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Review – Drake at the o2

YMCMB’s Drizzy Drake touched down in London for his second show in a row at the o2 arena in Greenwich last night, where he performed to around 18,000 people…

Supporting the emo-rapper was Labrinth. The Hackney-born artist delivered a smooth, futuristic set to compliment his debut album, ‘Electronic Earth’.

Looking suave and supported by great visuals, the singer was received well as he performed his hits ‘Let The Sunshine’ and ‘Last Time’, the latter certainly being the best song of his set, with the Quincy inspired sounds sounding indulgently rich. However, it was when the super producer performed his smash hit ‘Earthquake’ that the crowd went really nuts for the 22-year-old, thus kicking in our adrenaline for the headliner himself.

As Drake hit the stage dressed simply in black, kicking off the show with ‘Lord Knows’, which may seem as a surprising choice of introduction given that he seldom records heavy hip hop sounds.

Drake has kick-started a transition in rap, introducing a more emotive, humble approach to rhyming that has actually been embraced by hip hop. What was evident from the show is that the Toronto artist is midway through a transition of his own.

Taking a Jekyll and Hyde approach on stage, the 25-year-old frequently switched up the contrast from the emotional, love obsessed, brooding character to the arrogant persona that we have been seeing more frequently since his status rose so phenomenally.

Whilst performing ‘Take Care’, he danced around the stage as if he couldn’t believe he was actually living his dream. However, soon after, he stood emotionless in the middle of the stage, hands open and taking in the applause like an alcoholic does wine.

Being the emotionally open character he is, he makes no apologies for the way fame has affected him, in fact it only went in his favour, giving him an edge of realness that sometimes lacks in popular music today.

This allowed him to effortlessly blend tracks from ‘Best I Ever Had’, ‘Practise’, ‘Shot 4 Me’ to more rugged sounds like ‘Stay Schemin’ and ‘I’m Goin’ In’.

Highlights were ‘The Motto’, ‘Take Care’ and ‘Crew Love’, notably being some of the fans favourites.

Drizzy took (perhaps a bit too much) time shouting out audience members, including the ones “in the glasses who can’t see a mother f***ing thang!” The set in itself seemed rather rushed, pushed by Drake’s own adrenaline perhaps. The Young Money artist has not had years of experience connecting to such as large audience, which showed as he didn’t keep the audience captivated consistently throughout the show.

The show seemed to end quicker than I would have liked, but I assumed that this was because time flies when you’re having fun. But was I in Club Paradise? Very nearly.

After his final London show, Drizzy went down to West London’s club ‘The Low’, where he relaxed and partied with his buddies, including Rihanna.