Since their self titled debut in 2015, Nubiyan Twist, the powerhouse 10 piece London and Leeds based collective have been tearing up live shows across Europe. Their unique fusion of Dub, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Afro-beat and Hip Hop creates a truly extraordinary sound that is a must hear for fans of truly original, impactive and creative live music.
When I saw that Nubiyan Twist were on tour and gearing up for their new project, i was, as you can imagine, excited to see a group that we’ve been supporting since their first single released in 2014 (Figure Numatic) and they did not disappoint.
With the Worm Disco Club DJ’s holding down the good vibes and getting the crowd in the right mood for the evening the stage was set for Bristol based Sounds Of Harlowe, who in their own right have been doing some huge things of late. Their lead vocalist, Solomon OB is the reigning UK Slam Poetry champion, has been mentored by Kate Tempest, and is currently working on a solo album which is due to be released early 2018. The band are super tight and are great at getting a crowd hyped up and moving. Solomon was Wordplay Amplify Artist Of Month in 2016, and we’ve been keeping a close eye on Sounds Of Harlowe, who are set to make big waves this festival season.
Then it was time for the main event. Nubiyan started playing and immediately the crowd responded with a tangible rise in energy. The players level of musicality is incredible. Every member being of an incredibly high level, and every one seeming to be completely in the moment, enjoying themselves and not missing a note, well, if they did, they did it in style!
After a short instrumental piece, Nubiya stepped on stage and the crowd went crazy. She was completely emersed in the music, slowly moving, winding and grooving to the vibes and seemingly unaware of the jam packed venue. She began to sing, and from that point onwards the band created a constant wall of sound, fusing vibes and sounds from each members influences.
A really nice touch was Nubiya stating which of the band had written certain songs, and the authentic feeling continued when a few times the band went to play a track and Nubiya planned to do something different, and they just laughed it off, and interacted with the crowd. The set lasted for well over an hour, with certain more recognisable songs being tweaked and changed to expand the sound, allowing the band to enjoy their performance even more. Sometimes, seeing technical players won’t be all that enjoyable, but these guys kept everyone involved, jamming with each other and constantly looking to and interacting with the crowd.
A highlight was the bands arguably best known song, Work House which sounded incredible. For any fans of live horn sections, the combination of Tenor, Alto, Soprano Sax and Trumpet was incomparable.
The band are currently on their Dance Inna London Tour, and on that tip, be sure to check out their brand new single in anticipation for their new project later this year on Wormfood Records.
Words by James “Vice beats” Kennaby