Friday 16 February 2018, 7.30pm
A Lowki post Valentines recovery function.
Klein is a lowkey force to be reckoned with. A liveset on Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura’s first NTS radio show of 2016 preceded a video for ‘Arrange’, shot in parts in a blood red monochrome bedroom and taken from her debut album ‘ONLY’. The latter stage of the track courses through with off beat filtered percussion leading up to the “that heavy bit coming up”; awash with hums as the London based artist surfs the melodies of the introduced lighter tones. On ‘gaz city’ she nails in a mention of ‘WORTH’ before torching preconceptions of what fits inside what box with her singing, similar to her irisdescent adlibs on ‘babyfather chill’; a reference to Dean Blunt’s alias. Other influences range from brandy to kirk franklin. Hard to place, her capacity to surprise (even with one LP out so far).Not every artist is unique enough to change a landscape, or has to do be successful. However, with Klein, you get the sense she’s already made a head start on both. All at 18(?). In Bieber words ‘shes the fucking one.’
Larry B is a British-Ghanaian DJ and producer who’s been tearing up south London for a few years now. His presence has graced dancefloors around the world – but as his recent 5 Sad Songs EP revealed, he’s also a talented singer-songwriter to boot. As he told us when we profiled him back in 2015, “In my school in South Norwood, all the boys were in the playground playing grime out of their phones. But I was never a ‘spitting bars’ person. I used to sing.”
James Massiah, the 27-year-old south London poet, producer and DJ – who last year featured on the Massive Attack single, Dear Friend – recently spoke at a 5x15 event (five creatives, each speaking for 15 minutes) alongside former Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman. Taking inspiration from Talking Heads and James Brown – among others – charismatic creative Massiah has also read at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern and the Houses of Parliament. He’s created a film walking the streets of Dalston and Brixton, tunefully rhyming archetypes with arty types during a poem on gentrification. Massiah writes poetry that is sometimes performed to music and shares his work through The A & The E, a philosophy and arts-based project he founded in 2012 when aged 22, fresh out of university in search of a space to share his poetry and thought.