The usual duo, Kyle “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott, were accompanied on a brilliantly lit stage by drummer Nathan “Tug” and vocalists Lulu James and Josh Barry. I was aware that this project was growing in popularity, especially out in the UK, but wasn’t too sure what to expect. Clearly, the rest of the crowd knew exactly what was coming and was unbelievably thrilled as soon as the beat dropped. The sound quality was absolutely crystal clear and the addition of the live drums created an irresistible pulse that grabbed ahold of the crowd instantaneously.
As soon as the venue was warmed up, Josh Barry sauntered onto the stage with an infectious smile and a spectacular presence. Josh added a strong but smooth vocal layer to the driving drum and bass that the fans were clearly in love with. He backed up just briefly to give credit to the musicians he was sharing the stage with. Watching Kyle work was like no other DJ I have ever seen. It looked like he was going to either hurt himself or break his equipment by how hard he was cranking on various lever and knobs. With the same intensity, Matt was switching from working his magic on his board, to the mounted drum pads next to him. Between him and Nathan, the syncopation and cadence of their drum parts was like a well-oiled machine.
As soon as I thought the party was reaching its peak, Lulu James snuck her way through the shadows to the front of the stage. The first few tracks she was very reserved and subtle, just accenting Josh’s parts and harmonizing beautifully. Once they both found themselves grounded, the gravitation between them began to amplify the entire show in outrageous ways. Not only did their voices mold together wonderfully, but their magnetic energy resonated throughout the rest of the stage and the entire crowd. One of their most successful tracks, “Ready for Your Love,” had the entire place chanting along as the floor beneath us began to shake. The only complaint I heard throughout the entire crowd in the aftermath was that the show ended too soon. It only points towards more success when the crowd leaves wanting more.
With occasional tribal breakdowns similar to that of Juno Reactor, African drum influence reminiscent of Afro Celt Sound System, and a vocal spirit mirroring that of classic soul, hip hop, and funk, this UK-based house duo is worth looking into. Keep an eye out for them coming near you; they will get your feet moving and lift your spirit to say the very least.