Ross from Friends – Village Underground, London, UK (26th September 2018)

It’s certainly been a big 2018 for Ross from Friends. Building on the success of ‘Talk To Me You’ll Understand’ and his EP ‘The Outsiders’, he recently released his debut album ‘Family Portrait’. After seeing him at Field Day this year, GIGsoup went down to catch him at his show at Village Underground.

The show was sold out as hundreds of his enthusiastic fans crowded into the venue to catch his brand of downtempo house which has made him famous. Tonight he was accompanied his friends Jed Hampson on Guitar and John Dunk on Keyboard and Saxophone, with the trio working off each other nicely to deliver a great show.

The show started out serenely with ‘Pale Blue Dot’, his music’s ambient quality easing everyone into the set. Ross from Friends really has mastered an atmospheric form of music that feels incredibly deep. All this was put to great effect through Village Underground’s famously high-quality soundsystem, as the audience felt every note cascade around them. Combined with bright lights dazzling the crowd, ‘Project Cybersyn’ came on with its souring sax notes, capturing a melancholy but also euphoric feeling. Keeping the energy high the trio launched into ‘Suzinak’, it’s broken drum beat breaking the set up nicely. The set peaked with crowd favourite ‘Talk To Me You’ll Understand’. The crowd sang along to six words of the song. It was a killer show with the crowd chanting for more song the trio came out to perform Bootman to close out a memorable evening.

Check out Ross from Friend’s album ‘Family Portrait’, out now on all major streaming platforms.

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