Rudimental – 'Home'
Rudimental have a clutch of hook-laden singles which appear on this debut LP, but it’s the album-only ‘Hell Could Freeze’ that really grabs you by the balls. Guest rapper Angel Haze’s biting, quickfire rhymes are layered over a post-dubstep beat, while the chorus is all clean piano and breathy soul.
It’s a delectable juxtaposition of textures – something these Hackney boys barely reveal in the bustling drum ’n’ bass of Number Ones ‘Feel the Love’ and ‘Waiting All Night’. But on ‘Home’, the four-piece (a bassist, drummer, keyboard player and DJ) expose their varied musical backgrounds. For example, slap bang in the middle of the record, ‘Hide’ hits you with a trumpet solo. Rudimental may come across as simply a drum ’n’ bass act, but this record is the stuff of big bands. From the Marvin Gaye that bassist Amir Amor grew up singing, to Piers Agget performing piano in his dad’s blues band, the foursome have managed to incorporate all their loves on ‘Home’. There’s no doubt these guys will continue to top our charts with the sweet sounds of victory.
You haven't 'done' Soho until you've been to a gig at The Borderline, simple as. This much-loved venue with a loyal audience has given a platform to countless bands and artists throughout its long history – stretching back over 20 years – and is still going strong today, showcasing both new and revered talent. Head in for a gig on any given day and you could find yourself moshing to rock and metal, getting busy on the dancefloor at an indie club night or perhaps soaking up the sweet tone of a folk, blues or Americana singer-songwriter. It can get a little cramped when the 275-ish capacity fills up, but that's all the better for creating an intimate atmospherewhere between artist and audience, and means you won't have to worry about elbowing your way to the front past thousands of people. A Soho musical institution. We were there when The Borderline reopened in March 2017: