Posts tagged ‘Koko’

February 11, 2016

Kurupt FM presents Champagne Steam Rooms – Koko 04/02/16 @KuruptFM

West London stand up! Or should I say Camden stand Up?

Kurupt FM the pirate radio station crew known for their comedy show on BBC Three People Just Do Nothing with its second series complete last year, took to Koko for their headline showChampagne Steamrooms. With shows up and down the country, they returned to their home of London on Thursday evening to a sold out show.

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Foundation (Sticky & Scott Garcia) kicked off the night, warming up things nicely with a rotation of some of the most banging Garage tunes known to mankind and host DR. Psycho bringing the energy to the half full crowd who had turned up nice and early, getting their positions ready for the main act.

Big Narstie the bass controller was up next and got the crowd bubbling nicely with his hyped bars. He performed tracks such as ‘Gas The Pipe’ and new track ‘When The Bassline Drops’ ft. Craig David. The DJ also dropped classic tracks such as ‘Rhythm N Gash’ by Rebound X.

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Chabuddy G appeared on the screen on stage, and then popped up on the balcony to the left looking dapper in an all-white suit and obviously a bottle of champagne in his hand. He announced that there was going to be a special guest, making everyone wonder who, then introducing himself as the special guest. Only Kurupt could get away with this! DJ Steves was another funny arrival as he swung down from the ceiling above the stage, quite comically on a broken harness. Steves took to his spot behind the decks and began dropping some heavy duty Garage tunes and the whole crowd started to rave.

The Dancehall set in the middle gave a nice, relaxed feeling after the Garage tunes and skanking out (yes by me too), and allowed our weary feet to rest a bit. Decoy did a good job of curating the set with Damian Marley’s ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ playing and the crowd chanting “Welcome To Camden” with what seemed like every single person in the crowd getting involved.

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The highlights of the night were when the special guests started to arrive on the stage. Garage favourites DJ Luck & MC Neat appeared first performing classic tune ‘With A Little Bit Of Luck’. Grime Gods Newham Generals were next with timeless track ‘Hard’. After Grindah’s own attempt at performing ‘Shut Up’, Stormzy came to take the weight off his shoulders and bring the energy bouncing about on stage.

The boys ended the night with everyone from the night who performed joining them on stage for a crowded performance of ‘Get Out The Way’, packed full of energy and vibes.

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Kurupt FM have proved again that even though they are every bit comical, they need to be taken seriously. They have risen through the ranks and portrayed a culture to places unseen before. They aren’t just doing it for themselves; they are doing it for everyone involved.

June 8, 2014

Pusha T (@Pusha_T) (@Meridian_Dan) At Koko Camden [Review]

Pusha T was in London last night where he played at Koko in Camden to a sold out show, proving his status in the UK as one of raps current kings. The rapper who a lot of people know from Clipse, and where he will always be remembered, put on a an energetic and passionate performance last night showcasing his now King Push status as a solo artist…

Opening up for the Broxn born, Virginia based rapper was Bloodline’s Meridian Dan who has shot to fame recently when his track ‘German Whip’ blew up and he well deservingly signed with EGA and PMR. The North London rapper started his set with new track ‘I’m From A Place’, then leading into an unheard new track which could potentially be his next single ‘One, Two Drinks’. He then put his hit track ‘German Whip’ in the middle that really livened the crowd up ending on freestyle over S-X’s ‘Woo Riddim’. Great to Meridian Dan doing so well and opening up for someone like Push at Koko

King Push opened his set with a track off his 2013 album ‘My Name Is My Name’. It was only right that he started off with ‘King Push’, which was produced by his label boss over at GOOD Music Kanye West.

‘Millions’ a well-known track and collaboration with Rick Ross was of course added to the set list. Two Kanye West collaborative tracks that I heard last night was ‘Runaway’ and ‘New God Flow’ two tracks with a couple of years between them, bringing some older and newer material together.

The collaborative track ‘Mercy’ was performed and it was a bit of a shame not to have seen GOOD music artist Big Sean not come out as a surprise guest. He could have also been helped Push out when he did ‘I Don’t Like’ another big hit, it would have added something fresh.

He then went back to perform one of his newer tracks and a popular one again ‘Sweet Serenade’ featuring Chris Brown and produced by Swizz Beatz and Kanye West a thoughtful track looking at the rap game. He unofficially ended on another one off his debut album ‘Numbers On The Board’ with a percussion led bet co-produced again by Kanye. As King Push left the stage, the crowd demanded an encore and he delivered it to them coming back on stage to perform ’40 Acres’ ft. The Dream.

I give the show a 4.5 out of 5 for his energy and ability to keep the crowd happy and deliver his tracks like he has never performed them before with a new lease of life. You can see Pusha’s love for what he does on stage and he bounces around on the stage with such liveliness and this rubbed off on the crowd becoming infectious.

Pusha T is working on a new album  ‘King Push’ which will see production from Pharrell who along with Chad  (The Neptune’s) produced the first Clipse album ‘Lord Willin’ . Word is Timberland is also working on the album with him too. I look forward to that when it drops.

*Published on SBTV 7th June 2014

 

May 8, 2014

Ed Sheeran – Multiply Ed Showcase at Koko [Review]

Ed Sheeran was certainly a busy man over this bank holiday weekend as he showcased us some tracks from his album ‘X’. 3 days and 3 cities was the theme for the ‘Multiply Ed’ gigs where he went from Ipwsich to London to Dublin doing half an hour to an hour and then 2 hour sets, literally dashing off stage at each to get to the next one.

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Not wanting the crowd to feel shy and uneasy he began with a favourite among many ‘You Need Me’ which was a pretty long version and lasted nearly ten minutes with Ed showcasing his rapping skills too.

He lead into track ‘Don’t from the new album ‘X’ which was showcased in April on Saturday Night Live, and said to be about a cheating, famous, female.

Before going into ‘Lego House’ he announced he would be playing old and new material so everyone would feel comfortable and could join in with what they new. Very thoughtful of him.

The mood went quite somber as Ed asked people to be quiet for ‘Tenerife Sea’ a new one on the album, and another love song. Instead of cheating this one is about how in love he is and was inspired by someone after going to the Grammys.

‘One’ was another new one off his forthcoming album and a fresh one on people’s mind as he released a black and white acoustic video of the song last week as part of a campaign the Suffolk born singer is doing, releasing an acoustic video a week in the lead up to the album.

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Other tracks included the more lively ‘Drunk’ which was another fan favourite and one most people knew the words too and the moving ‘A-Team’ where a fan fainted near the front and he sang to the audience asking for security to help the person. He ended on single ‘Sing’ another recent release, produced by Pharrell and asking the audience to sing all the way home, and when they wake up in the morning.

I love how Ed Sheeran is a one-man show, with just himself, his guitar and now a looper pedal, which worked fantastically well for him at this show, and really showed how dedicated he is to make his shows purely about his amazing talent. There are not many people that could captivate crowds that big with just themselves.

Words: Shireen Fenner

*published on SBTV on Tuesday 6th May 2014

 

December 2, 2011

MTV Brand New for 2012

Flavour’s Shireen Fenner headed to Koko last night to the MTV Brand New for 2012, which was headlined by Wretch 32, who was named on last years list. Two other acts who were shortlisted for this year who also performed were Clement Marfo + The Frontline and singer Angel.

Clement Marfo + The Frontline kicked off the show with an intro to Barrel of a Loaded Gun. They also performed their song Champion, which has been used for the Superbowl XLV Ad and the Formula 1 video game on Xbox. The most notable performance of the night was their new single Mayhem, which is produced by Ishy (Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder) featuring Kano. When Kano came to join them on the stage, the energetic and lively Clement jumped onto the floor spraying the front of the audience with water. They finished their set with latest single Overtime, which features Ghetts, and a surprise performance from the man himself.

Angel performed next with single Ride Out, and singing another single Popstar, He pleased the audience with his rendition of Rhianna’s We Found Love, also giving an exclusive teaser of his next single. He told MTV how he felt about being nominated, “It’s been a long time coming and it feels like a blessing.”

Wretch 32 the headliner of the show was joined by surprise guests; Josh Kumra for Don’t Go, Etta Bond for Forgiveness, and an even more surprising guest Loick Essien. Wretch’s performance was amped up by accompanying singers, drummers and a guitarist. His performances of, Orthodox and Traktor got the crowd fired up and proved that MTV are spot on when it comes to naming ones to watch for next year.

The other nominees were announced for MTV’s Brand New For 2012 last night, here are all of the nominees voting closes on January 9th. http://www.mtv.co.uk/brandnew

Angel
Charli XCX
Clement Marfo + The Frontline
Conor Maynard
Delilah
King Charles
Lana Del Ray
Lianne La Havas
Michael Kiwanuka

*published at Flavour Magazine