It’s almost definitely drizzling and chilly right now so what better way to keep warm than by seeking out a sweaty room full of adrenaline-pumped music fans? Here’s our guide to the best London gigs happening this November.
Led by animated singer Nic Offer, !!! (aka Chk Chk Chk) tout an exuberant, intensely physical and ferociously intelligent brand of house- and techno-literate punk-funk. After the group’s ‘Shake the Shudder’ album with a couple of groovy radio-rinsed singles (including ‘The One 2’) released earlier this year, Chk Chk Chk’s mission statement remains as clear as ever: making folks get down. Be prepared to move at this one.
This young trio found fame by covering the songs of hip hop troupe Odd Future in a cool jazz stylee, eventually collaborating with Tyler, The Creator himself. They’ve since gone on to turn tracks by Lil B and Waka Flocka Flame into awesomely groovy post-bop jazz jams. The dilemma at this live show, then, will probably be deciding exactly how to dance to their genre-hopping, killer grooves – but we’re sure you’ll find a way.
The wildy creative Scottish musician and producer of numerous imaginative electronic and acoustic compotitions hits Bethnal Green. She’s a former composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and her music has been pretty much everywhere and anywhere over the last few years, from proms to club nights to prime-time radio. It’s kind of pointless to try and second-guess what she’ll be performing tonight, but there’ doubtless be some material from her debut album ‘Varmints’, plus tons of other mindboggling, body-shifting sounds.
Psychedelic space soul-fusion and stoner low-end theory collide here in the hands of Flying Lotus/Gilles Peterson-endorsed bassist/singer Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner. His album ‘Drunk’' from earlier this year, was a riot of kaleidoscopic funk, fretboard-melting bass wizardry and wicked humour, so get ready for a similarly action-packed live show.
The MOBO Award-winning songwriter, drum ‘n’ bass producer and onetime ‘EastEnders’ villain gets his orchestra on once again (after coming second in BBC conductor talent show ‘Meastro’ in 2008). Tonight he’ll be performing alongside members of the Heritage Orchestra in support of his new double album and tour, both named ‘The Journey Man’. And fear not, D&B-heads – there’ll most definitely be at least a few banging beats weaved in to the orchestral arrangements.
The rocky, scuzzy-guitar-loving duo from Brighton perform a big show in support of second album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’, the follow up to their self-titled debut from 2014. Supporting the Royals are excellent US outfit At The Drive-In – reunited once again and still belting out their whirlwind of punk, hardcore and post-rock.
The Seattle indie-folk collective are back in London, just in time for winter – which is handy, as their lush, harmony-drenched songs are the perfect warming antidote to the incoming cold weather. They’ll be performing tracks from their well-received latest album, ‘Crack-Up’, but listen out for longstanding favourites too, such as the enchanting ‘White Winter Hymnal’.
Traditional and rootsy Irish singer Dillon (formerly a member of folk-pop group Equation) possesses a terrific voice, clear as a mountain stream, and her 2010 LP – a set of covers of traditional songs called 'The Hill of Thieves' – was voted album of the year at the BBC Folk awards. More recent work has seen her re-embrace the likes of Planxty and The Bothy Band, who both originally inspired her.