The always excellent BBC 1Xtra Live tour makes a stop in Hammersmith with a phenomenal line-up. Ok, so perhaps Jamaican reggae/dancehall star Sean Paul is a bit old hat these days, but the rest of the bill is bulging with contemporary brilliance. Such as newbie Naughty Boy – this London-born, producer and songwriter kicked off his career with a £5,000 grant from The Princes Trust, and then won £44,000 on 'Deal or No Deal'. He then invested in some high-end audio equipment, and put together a collection of hip, squelchy, spacy R&B and garage tracks and bagged vocal contributions from Emeli Sandé, Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempha, Ed Sheeran, Professor Green and more to make up his hook-laden debut album 'Hotel Cabana'.
Also sure to get the audience vibing, is Fuse ODG (aka Nana Richard Abiona) with his Afrobeats and dancehall, accompanied by a good amount of Azonto-ing. Limber up for this one, the dance requires bendy legs and fluid arms and hips. Alternatively, those who prefer the opposite end of the spectrum will be into the languorous drawl of Angel Haze, a 21-year-old rapper from Michigan who slots somewhere between Nicki Minaj and Drake and is one of the hottest voices in hip hop at the moment.
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