All posts by Byron Biroli

Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

The Grammy award winning group Konono No. 1 was formed in Congo in the late 1960s. Their distinctive sound is driven by three likembas (bass, medium and treble thumb pianos). What separates them from so many traditional acts is the rudimentary, homemade amplification of the likembas. This sound is also known...
Review: Yeasayer @ Oslo Hackney (London, 10th June 2016)

Review: Yeasayer @ Oslo Hackney (London, 10th June 2016)

A sold out Oslo was treated to a reincarnated Yeasayer, complete with their unmistakable lush harmonies, jangly guitars and New York swagger. It was their second album, the 2010 Secretly Canadian and Mute Records release, Odd Blood, that bought Yeasayer to the world’s attention, when they enjoyed much hype including...
Review: Sons of Kemet @ Village Underground (London, 25th May 2016)

Review: Sons of Kemet @ Village Underground (London, 25th May 2016)

Indulgent, complex, studied and immediate. Sons of Kemet’s criminally conceptual rhythms belie the overriding catchiness of a sound that dishes out hooks a plenty. Ominous lighting introduced the band who kicked things of with Tom Skinner and, newly cropped, Seb Rochford battering syncopated West African rhythms. This was tribal jazz...
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