CC Tips 2011 - Camden Crawl 2012 @ The Bull & Gate - 28/10/2010 - Live Review
Posted: 1st November, 2010
Five years on and the Camden Crawl is regarded as the UKs number one urban (literally so) music festival with the quality of its line-ups throughout the years justifying its tickets sales.
Last week it launched the Camden Crawl Tips, a series of monthly showcases running until episode 7 of the CC saga, to get us acquainted with some notable upcoming acts.
The event started with soulful singer-songwriter, Martyna Baker dubbed the best thing that has happened since Eryka Badu and Tracy Chapman by Camden Crawl founder Lisa Paulon. Nothing I could really comment on, having arrived the venue as Baker was hitting the final note of her set.
She was followed by French born couple Nicolas Cong and Camille Berthomier aka John and Jehn, who performed some quality dark poptronica, full of bass (two of them for that matter) and well-thought harmonies _ think Joy Division meets Goldfrapp at their bare self. Their second album, Time For The Devil, released in March, deserves a stop-by.
Hook and The Twin, the duo extraordinaire championed by Zane Lowe, bewitched/enchanted with their hyperactive organic drum and bass and their looped falsetto vocals, as witnessed on the brilliant Bang Bang Cherry.
Then, Brit hip-hop new wiz, Dels aka Kieran Dickins, freshly signed to Ninja Tunes and produced by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, took over and converted the house of punters to a motion of sort, climaxing on the hightlight tune, Shapeshift. As for Delss flow of speech, to compare it the mighty Jay-Z is no overstatement me thinks.
Headlining Northerners, The Chapman Family, puffed their way to the stage right after playing the momentarily homeless Flowerpot (after it was forced out of its convenient premises by greedy entrepreneurs) a few blocks down the road, to deliver their lot of noisy pop (as per Kingsleys description); punk more like, by the look and sound of things- it was all there: the resentful anthem Kids, the attitude (courtesy of Pop mainly, who insisted on their set being performed in the dark -Halloween prevail?), and Kingsleys now expected pseudo-self strangulation. Their new single, All Fall is out now and will content their fans and other post-punk enthusiasts out there.
Despite this temporary darkness, Id say the future does look very bright for next years Camden Crawl.
The Camden Crawl Tips will take place at the Bull & Gate on the last Thursday of each month until D- Day of CC 2011.
Tickets for the Camden Crawl 2011 are on sale now.