10 Gigs To Book Now (16/04)
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Ah, April - the transition month. Around now is the time when we all start considering going to the gym to get that summer bod (except we don't); start peeling the cobwebs off our t-shirts; and start enjoying the slow release of serotonin rushing back to our brains post-Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here's a list of our fave gigs to book right now that should make the perfect soundtrack to the colour coming back to your face.
There aren't many MCs that can boast a MOBO nomination at the age of 17, but Novelist ain't your average guy, is he? Since he came onto the grime scene in 2013, he has been going from strength to strength - he's worked with Skepta, Jamie xx, Wiley and Mumdance, just to name a few; got signed to XL Recordings; and now he's gearing up to release his debut record, Novelist Guy. If his previous tunes are anything to go by, it's gonna be belter, and his live show won't be any different.
You may recognise Daniel Blumberg from his gigs fronting indie bands Yuck, Cajun Dance Party and Hebronix, but over the past few years he's been focusing on writing, performing and recording tunes under his own moniker at Cafe OTO - the result of that is his debut solo record, Minus. Although he's still keeping it indie, his sound has branched out and become more expansive and experimental, with orchestral tinges and guitar oddities thrown into the mix. His show will be nothing short of crushing, so pop down to Rough Trade East to watch him play new songs, do a signing and launch the album.
After meeting at jazz school in London, 8-piece Afrobeat collective Kokoroko have been lighting up stages up and down the country. Led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, the group play West African Afrobeat tunes, all with a tinge of soul, funk and jazz. Inspired by the greats like Fela Kuti and Ebo Taylor, they're on a mission to represent the African artists and multi-instrumentalists that inspired them the most. This show will be a riot - get down for some serious dancing.
Brigitte Nagar - aka Common Holly - is making the kind of sweet, lo fi bedroom indie tunes that will both break your heart and nurse you through your brutal breakup in equal measure. The Montreal-based, New York-born singer/songwriter has been making waves since releasing her debut record Playing House and has nabbed support slots with Tim Darcy (Ought) and Devon Welsh (Majical Cloudz). We can't imagine she'll be playing shows this intimate next time she's over on our side of the world, so get in while you still can.
Joe Armon-Jones has worked tirelessly to bring the South London jazz scene to the forefront of UK music - he co-founded jazz group Ezra Collective; released the Idiom EP with Maxwell Owin; has regular show slots on Worldwide FM; and is held in high regard by Giles Peterson himself. Now, the keyboard player and producer is gearing up to release his debut album Starting Today, which is a collection of experimental songs fusing jazz, Afrobeat, soul, hard bop and more. Don't miss a chance to see this live.
We know we don't have to tell you that Miles Davis was one of the most influential artists to ever grace our wild little planet. With a career spanning over 50 years, he brought jazz to the forefront of culture with his exceptional trumpet skills - now, the folks at The Jazz Cafe are enlisting an ensemble of musicians to play a tribute to his hit record, Kind of Blue. The album is absolutely iconic - don't count on the gig being anything less.
This bank holiday weekend, Norwegian producer and DJ extraordinaire Lindstrøm is coming to The Jazz Cafe to help us cut shapes, yet again. Think of him as the OG Todd Terje - disco licks for days, electronic beats to last all night. Lindstrøm has been around since the early 00s, and has seen through a staggering 10 record releases - if that's not proof enough that this guy's got bangers to last the year, then well, we can't help you. Catch us cutting some serious shapes in Camden.
They don't come much more chill than Jamie Isaac - the Croydon-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist makes the kind of soul-tinged electronic tunes that wind and whirl in your headphones, perfect for listening to on your ones on a night bus, or chilling out with bae in your room. He's got collabs with King Krule, Rejjie Snow and even Denzel Curry under his belt, so if that's not an indicator that this show is worth your time, then there's not much else we can say. Head down and let his chill vibes wash over you.
For anyone looking to get in the Dojo good books, start by combining jazz-tinged songs with soul and electronica, and you'll be on the right track. South London multi-instrumentalist Tenderlonious is doing exactly that - and as founder of 22a Records and member of jazz collective Ruby Rushton, he's putting a host of homegrown talent on the map, so don't miss your chance to see him put his magic to work.
Daniel Lopatin - aka Oneohtrix Point Never - is one of those electronic producers whose musical range is so wide it's impossible to pigeonhole him into a single genre. And that's the way we like it. Since starting his career in the early 00s, he's released tunes that go from synth-wave, ambient and drone, all the way to downright minimalist classical compositions. Now, after announcing his new record No Age, set to release in June, he's bringing his first ever live touring ensemble to the grandiose surroundings of the Barbican. It's going to be special.