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RAT BOY

Dingwalls, London. Photo: Caroline Quinn

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t’s not often that ambulances are pre-emptively called to gigs on Tuesday nights, but Rat Boy’s admirable reputation has evidently proceeded him tonight at Dingwalls. Jordan Cardy’s chaotically cheeky give-no-fucks attitude has already earned him a fervent fan base. From being sacked from Wetherspoons and rejected by McDonalds to playing the UK festival circuit and selling out 500-capacity venues, the mammoth hype for this 19 year old from Essex is blowing up like a NOS-filled balloon. A relentless machine of mix-tape making, his set tonight runs through an array of material - while crowd surfing and riding a mini motorbike on stage. Crowd favourites ‘Sign On’ and ‘Fake ID’ resonate deep, screaming of a mislead, misinformed and mistreated adolescence. The wonky voice of disaffected youth, there’s shed loads of potential for this “young, dumb, livin’ off mum” heart throb yet to come. (Joanie Eaton)

JAMIE XX

Brixton Academy, London, Photo: Matt Richardson

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his feels like a celebration. Jamie xx, the quintessential quiet party-animal, has had quite a year – his xx involvement momentarily suspended for a first full length solo dance album, ‘In Colour’, to drop to rapturous, Mercury-nominated acclaim. Tonight shows just why the 26-year-old is held in such high regard. If the history of dance music can be told in a clear lineage of influences colliding to domino effect, Jamie xx spends his time travelling in the opposite direction, floating between sounds. For better or worse, this is mainstream innovation in 2015, no rules, no boundaries, no scenester border controls. Encouraged and enthused by the packed out crowd, he throbs along to the sounds up on-stage, playing the role of pied-piper chameleon. The steel drum inspired ‘Obvs’ draws the first big cheer of the night, teased amongst layers of bassline subtlety, scaling everything from jungle to two-step garage. Artful Dodger’s ‘Moving Too Fast’ gets a play, spun in homage to the UK club scene, but the change of pace only heralds another immediate swerve - a jump up dubstep beat - all crafted out under the warm glow of colourful soft-focus lights, where nothing is predictable. (Alex Taylor) “Do you take requests, mate?”

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