“You’re like, the KING of remixing” said a very excited fan as she fawned over Friday’s headline act, Jarreau Vandal. And she’s not wrong. The Canadian producer’s Vandalised edits of massive tracks, such as Rihanna’s ‘Work’ have so much swag and funk about them, that he’s simply too good to just pass by. He’s a unique act with a unique sound, semi-belonging to the ground breaking Soulection school of hip hop and future beats.
The night was kicked off admirably by London native Warren Xclence, who focused on bringing dancy beats to the floor. Camden Assembly, the choice of venue for the evening was packed to the rafters, and the crowd was constantly jostling for more dancing room. Never the less, his two hour set was warm and good natured; a perfect introduction for Mr Jarreau Vandal. Xclence will be also featuring as support in Jay Prince’s KOKO residency soon if there are any fans out there.
Vandal’s sets are famously eclectic and this one was certainly no different. From Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, his Vandalised Edits all have individual character but all share his signature kick-bounce. The stage at the small-upstairs Camden venue was also filled with people, grooving and moving to his funked up mixing. A dangerous game, if you’re worried about people messing around with your equipment, as Vandal discovered half way through the set. After the little hiccup the crowd were back and kept firmly and completely under his spell… until support act Evil Needle pulled out the power cord on his controller. Things came swiftly back online after a generous individual plugged the party back in.
Evil Needle spun his Soulection synth tones late into the evening and kept a reduced, but dedicated crowd humming. Jarreau Vandal’s audience was a constant sea of smiling faces; evidence that music is a cure, an escape and an inspiration in all of our lives. You can catch Jarreau Vandal on the 29th of March at Kamio.