Represent: SBTRKT Live Review


June, 2012

With performances by John Talabot, Rudimental, Man Without Country and more.

After three nights of raucous guitars it was time for Represent to turn it’s attention to a different slice of the musical spectrum last night as the 100 Club embraced the pulsing electronic sounds of SBTRKT, John Talabot, Rudimental, Lemonade and Man Without Country. The dark and intimate surroundings of the club suited the music just fine with New Yorkers Lemonade starting proceedings with their wildly psychedelic yet melodic sound layering colourful washes of noise against Callan Clendenin’s vocals.
The first band streaming live on Converse TV were South Wales duo ‘Man Without Country’ whose sound filled the room with big synths and accomplished vocals that felt like they could have easily been at home on much larger festival stages.

Having played the 100 Club before at a previous Converse Gigs event John Talabot knew exactly what to expect and his live show, since honed on much larger stages like Sonar in Barcelona, was utterly captivating. Balancing atmosphere and raw emotion with dancefloor energy he had the crowd moving by the end of the first track and by the time big hitters from his debut ‘Fin’ came round like ‘Destiny’ all arms were aloft. It’s easy to see why the XX have chosen him as their main tour support this year.

Rudimental leaped in to the collective consciousness earlier this summer with ‘Feel The Love’, a gospel tinged slice of feel good drum and bass that featured vocalist John Newman. They didn’t disappoint, closing the set with an extended rendition featuring live vocals from the man himself. Before that they had worked through a selection of garage and bass heavy cuts adding a shade of the UK underground to proceedings.

SBTRKT also has the roots of his sound firmly in underground UK bass but over the course of an hour those roots flew in all directions on a kaleidoscopic whirlwind that took in house, techno, electro and more set against tribal live percussion and vocals from special guest Sampha.

The result is one of the most impressive, accomplished and downright danceable live sets out there today. A few hundred people in The 100 Club were lucky enough to see it first hand, and many thousand watched it live on Converse TV. If you didn’t manage to catch it watch the video footage above and then get out there this summer and see the man in action, you won’t regret it.

Stay tuned to for updates throughout the rest of the shows.

Comments (29)
  • Sally OMG HOW DO I GET A TICKET Sat Jan 12, 2013
  • Represent: All The Action » Converse UK [...] shows: Mon 6th Aug SBTRKT, Rudimental, John Talabot, Lemonade more info… Tue 7th Aug Santigold, Django Django, Best Coast, Citizens!, Friends more info… Wed 8th Aug [...] Mon Aug 06, 2012
  • AC I will wear my Converse every day for the rest of the summer if I can get tickets to see Lemonade.. What am I saying ? For the rest OF MY LIFE. And I will also drink lemonade until I die if that helps .. Sat Jul 28, 2012
  • Daniela sanchesm OMG!!! Really want that ticket Wed Jul 25, 2012
  • Sarah Hay SBTRK are my reason for breathing at the moment OMAG please give me tickets converse gods Sun Jul 22, 2012
  • Chanel first heard SBTRKT while locked into onemans show bought all his albums on itunes straight after been hooked ever since !!!!! Sun Jul 22, 2012
  • San-D Godoy I did just post, but I’m not sure if it worked. Basically, I love SBTRKT. I haven’t listened to an album as much as I’ve listened to the SBTRKT album. I love every single song on it. I also love Sampha, his voice is incredible and so pure but raw at the same time. I think they work together really well and really compliment each other. I love that it’s not just typical dance music, it’s like a new kind of dance music and I find it so inspiring that they are keeping it fresh and exciting. I would love to see them so much, especially at an intimate venue like the 100 club, I think it would really just show off how amazing they are. Also, it’s the day after my birthday, and that would be so epic! Pleeeeeeeeeeeease!!! Thu Jul 19, 2012
  • Greg Herriett I have produced 3 children who now all wear Converse - I deserve this! Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Millie Smythe CONVERSE 100 CLUB RULE! Want a ticket big style... x Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • Kate Watson I saw the poster for this event on my bike back home from work! I would love to see them in such an icon & intimate space as they rock the deli! Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • Camilla Castle I drove from London to Amsterdam just to see SBTRKT. Nothing would make me happier than to be able to see him in London!!! Please please please make this dream come true :) Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Aneesha Kotwani Don't think you could get a better combination than Sbtrkt and John Talabot! :) Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Lauren Newman If i'm not here, i don't know what i'm alive for. Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Jack Bannerman PLEASE. Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Fernando SBTRKT Rules Yeah!!! I have never seen them yet also with John Talabot in the line up it could be like a wildfire!!! Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Carrie yes thanks........ Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • FAME RECOMMENDS: LEMONADE ‘SOFT KISS’  | [...] NYC based trio (Callan Clendenin, Alex Pasternak and Ben Steidl) Lemonade’s new album ‘Diver’ is one of the albums of the summer, a fresh, dreamy, intoxicating collection of electronic pop songs which are a glorious melange of 90’s R&B, UK 2-step Garage, Balearic house and NY freestyle. The album “Diver” is out now on True Panther Sounds/ Matador LONDON LIVE SHOWS: July 3 White Heat w/ Cave Painting, Neon Lights Madame JoJo’s, London Buy tickets here: August 6 Converse Represent w/ SBTRKT, John Talabot, Rudimental, Man Without Country 100 Club, London More information here: [...] Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • mirella Will trade hair for tickets Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Leah k Saw SBTRKT at Field day and were AMAZINGGGG NEED TO SEE THEM AGAIN!!!!!!! Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Flora-Emma BONAZ STRIKE SBTRKT !!! LEGENDARY Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Jennifer Tickets to hear SBTRKT would make my summer and most definitely make me smile Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Jennifer Having tickets to see SBTRK would make my summer and most definitely make me smile Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Helen John Talabot - yes please! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • randolph i would like to see rudimental please. Big up converse Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Stephanie You will make my summer :) Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Simon Mockler I NEED tickets to see SBTRKT ! ! ! ! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Raeanne Lawrence I would absoultley love to win tickets to see SBTRK !! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Anto Great sbtrkt! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Lauren Faith SBTRKT are my Most looked up to artists at the moment, as they influence the music I make. There style is so unique and the music industry has been missing that for a LONG TIME!! They also collaborate with a artist named Jessie Ware who is also one of my influences. I would love the chance to be able to see them close up as I would find it would be a great experience and something I can take away from the performance and there stage presence and would potentially be helpful with the dream that I am following. Tue Jun 26, 2012
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