CONVERSE GIGS: BLOOD ORANGE REVIEW

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February, 2014

Blood Orange, Stay Bless, NTS DJ's

The Converse Gigs @ 100 Club series is known for hosting some of the brightest and most exciting talent in music and this month’s edition was no exception.

NTS DJs kicked things off and began working the already packed room, providing everything from soul to reggae, setting the mood with their eclectic choice of cuts. 

Support on the night came from the hotly tipped Stay Bless, AKA George Cassavetes who delivered his modernist take on R&B complete with power ballad guitar lines and intimate lyrics taken from last years Faded EP, before building up to single Always. George admitted that this was his very first show, something that was hard to believe from witnessing his seemingly natural display of confidence throughout. 

By the time Dev Hynes and co took the stage, London’s oldest music venue was about as busy as it’s ever been. With this being his first visit to the UK in 3 years, the room full of Blood Orange loyalists were clearly eager to hear tracks off 2013′s critically acclaimed Cupid Deluxe. Beginning with album opener, Chamakay, Dev’s charming charisma was made clear from the offset, as the 28-year-old flamboyantly moved around the stage in what’s quickly becoming his own signature dance style. Collaborator and girlfriend Samantha Urbani was also in tow, providing mesmerising vocals for You’re Not Good Enough, as well as other Cupid Deluxe favourites, including Always Let You Down and No Right Thing.

After momentarily jumping back to Costal Grooves’s Sutphin Boulevard, Dev was joined on stage by surprise guest Skepta to perform their track High Street, much to the excitement of the audience. With energy levels at an all time high, by the time the funk guitars of Uncle Ace began to ring out for the evening’s penultimate song, people needed little encouragement to join Mr Hynes on stage as he began to invite gig goers from the crowd to dance with him. With what seemed like the entire venue’s capacity now in Dev’s chorus line, the evening ended with a rousing edition of the soulful ballad Time Will Tell, rounding off what was a truly special 100 Club performance.

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