Two gigs to go to tonight, so I’ll have to cut the review of this one short. Shame as I would have liked to stay and see Bonobo’s band but there you go…
Matt Black and Jonathan Moore from the innovative group Coldcut are the brains behind the Ninja Tune label and it’s fantastic that this ecletic indie label has been going for twenty years. I played in a band that toured Japan with Coldcut in 1990. They were great blokes then and seem to have managed to maintain their integrity and love of music right up to the present day.
Brighton being the eclectic musical place that it is has an affinity for the label that goes back a long way, and their artists like Bonobo, Roots Manuva, Toodla T and Mr. Scruff all regularly play down here.
There are various artists on tonight and Ninja Tune DJs playing in between the acts. The main one I catch before having to cycle off to the next gig is Roots Manuva. He’s got a new album out “Duppy Writer” and his set tonight is made up of material from here. It’s bass heavy, trippy dub and sounds good in the Brighton Dome hall. He’s accompanied by a great singer who sings in the old roots reaage style, which is always going to go down well with me. A good but not great set as Mr. Manuva’s stage presence isn’t all that in my opinion, but there are some good songs on that album.
I missed Bonobo’s set which is a huge shame as I heard that he had a very good twelve-piece band with him. All in all from what I saw of the evening it was a decent celebration of the labels first twenty years. I hope they have many more to come.
Anyway, time to cycle over to the Duke of Yorks for the second gig of the evening and also my second date with a cute lady :-).