Tonight on display are some of the finest musicians Glasgow currently has to offer. Opening up is the first (and possibly last) set from Ar Droops, aka the new hip-hop project from The Japanese War Effort, who’s not a rapper.
Droops still needs time to practice his breathing techniques, but is genuinely impressive in this entirely new set of five songs, including beats made by GRNR and Miaoux Miaoux, using some clever, often amusing word-play with strong flow.
It will be exciting to see what this project brings in the near future.
GRNR‘s set really gets things moving however, his mix of hyper-active beats and huge bass lines, puts tonight’s audience into a mini-frenzy which largely carries throughout the night.
A particular highlight is his finale, in which Julian Corrie (Miaoux Miaoux) joined on guitar for a particularly funky, disco jam.
Miaoux Miaoux‘s own set brings the mood back down to a more seductive place, with his still enjoyable, more subtle and brooding than before.
Corrie brings an impressive mix of moody yet still danceable electronics, and a delicate, crooning voice, akin to Matthew Dear.
It is no wonder Corrie is becoming a bigger and bigger name within Glasgow’s EDM scene.
Jonnie Common, of Inspector Tapehead fame, closes the night with his great blend of witty lyrical imagery and playful musicianship.
Common’s solo material is like a more stripped down version of Tapehead (minus the folk elements) and is a pretty good summary of all that’s gone on tonight.
Lyrically he shares much with Ar Droops, whereas musically Common blends the style and prowess of GRNR and Miaoux Miaoux, capping off a wonderfully enjoyable evening.
Words: Adam Turner-Heffer
Photos: Ann-Margaret Campbell