This Kwabs article was written by Jorden Pinchen, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse
The Roundhouse is an iconic venue, and is a long way from the Royal Academy of Music, where Kwabs studied jazz and harboured dreams of being an established songwriter. Kwabs has really come to his own this year, playing a series of great venues including the Somerset House series. Also featuring on Disclosure’s album, 2015 has opened up a lot of doors for for the artist, and one senses bigger things are to come for this young man.
As Kwabs walks onto the stage, his confidence is high with the enthusiasm of the crowd encouraging him. He opens with ‘Love and War’ and his incredibly powerful, gospel inspired voice fills the Roundhouse. Playing well known tracks ‘Walk’ and ‘Fight for Love,’ his moves and bravado accompanies his sharp and well put together band. The catchy tracks are heavily textured with an electro beat, synths and a heavy bass line. These well produced tracks have beautiful contrasts of softer moments against his slick hiphop beats and are just as fantastic live as they are on record.
For other tracks such as ‘Perfect Ruin’ and ‘Forgive,’ the audience were captivated. The crowd came alive in the London venue and these stripped back tracks exposed Kwabs’ incredible vocal ability. The songs were raw and intense; the production fantastic; and the tracks overall were performed in their purist form – which literally sent shivers down your spine.
One of the highlights of this show has to be Kwabs’ cover of ‘Lean On’ by Major Lazer. Hips were moving, the audience was singing every word, and the ever appreciative crowd lapped up everything Kwabs threw at them.
His natural ability as a showman is clear throughout, making use of the stage and feeding off the crowds energy. His forthcoming European tour should not disappoint.