Thursday, 17 November 2011

Live Review: Chase & Status @ O2 Academy Bournemouth, 10/10/11

The packed out O2 Academy is moist with anticipation of tonight’s showcase of the best in UK’s urban/electo talent. Dot Rotten a London MC and producer, gives a decent yet slightly monotonous performance. Another London rapper, Labrinth, provides something a little different. Although the artist who collaborated with Tinie Tempah on his smash hit ‘Pass Out’ does look and sound remarkably like his colleague, his tracks still manage to sound fresh and original. The supurb 'Express Yourself' - which samples the track from Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm don't ya know - injects a bit of old school funk and soul into the evening and it's also refreshing to see and urban artist wielding a guitar on stage.

The audience start to get a little restless waiting for Chase & Status, but the duo are well worth the wait. They fire out hit after hit, accompanied by stunning visuals on the big screen behind them. An awe-inspiring light show  and astounding laser display help create a breathtakingly magical atmosphere, which sadly yhe mostly intoxicated  audience fail to appreciate. Although it's not really needed, MC Rage keeps the energy levels up and an appearance from Delilah on tracks 'Heartbeats' and 'Time' gives the boys a bit of eye candy. It's truely incredible just how many great songs Chase & Status have produced and although the crowd we're a little violent at times, they mostly stumbled from the venue feeling sweaty and euphoric.  

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