GIG: Summer Bubblers @ Cargo
Last night saw the inaugural Summer Bubblers event at Cargo, in association with Brownswood Recordings and Peggy UNLTD. It was a fantastic night that saw immense performances from amazing singer Rox and her band, and also New York emcee Melo-X. There was also support from the likes of Seiji (of Bugz In The Attic), Midnight Rockers Express and Lixo.
South London songstress, Rox, really turned the heads of those (like myself) in the crowd who were unfamiliar with her work. Such a powerful voice, she delivered beautiful songs, filled with passion and sentiment. Ranging from soul to pop to reggae, it was plain to see that this dynamic performer would be going places in no time at all. Backed up by keys, bass, guitar, drums and a pair of backing singers, as a group they really set the place on fire. Not that I had any preconceptions, I was pleasantly surprised to witness a live performance with such energy and talent in equal measure – I was very impressed. Look out for Rox!
I was already aware of Melo-X from his appearance on the track Let It, from Machine Drum‘s recent Want To 1 2? album. An emcee with a wicked flow and refreshing attitude, he took to the stage with his MPC and proceeded to loop beats live and then rap to them. Always good to see performers approach their live act with something refreshing or different, and this worked perfectly. Melo-X really got into his performance and fully engaged the crowd, who in turn totally lapped it up. I spent quite a lot of time talking to Melo-X after his performance, about hip-hop and music in general, and he was an extremely approachable and well rounded guy. We then went onto the Brainfeeder event that was also on last night (hosted by Flying Lotus and friends), stayed about an hour and caught some of Joker‘s set – which was heavy! Anyway, keep your ear to the ground for the man Melo-X, cos I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from him very soon, and rightly so!