From across the pond, the U.K. has produced yet another infectious dance outfit that the U.S. has been sleeping on. Since their debut in 2010, Rudimental has topped the U.K. charts with tracks featuring the most gifted singers Europe has to offer including: Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre, Lianne La Havas, John Newman, Emelí Sande, Alex Clare, and the list goes on. This 4 member group bridges the gap between drum & bass and funk, which has been aptly titled: 'fluid funk'. Rudimental has topped the charts with their debut album, Home and now their newly released sophomore effort, We The Generation. Their incredulous musicianship also won numerous awards in the U.K. including a MOBO award for best album.
Personally, I have had Home on repeat since its release and I'm still not sick of it, two whole years later. Once I discovered Rudimental was due to release their second album, I became intoxicated with the thoughts of another magical album filled with hits like, "Waiting All Night" and "Feel The Love". I certainly wasn't about to miss a shot at seeing the entire live band perform once they rolled around to Los Angeles again, after missing them open for Ed Sheeran at the Hollywood Bowl. I made the trek out to the gorgeous Fonda Theatre in the center of Hollywood to see how their live performance measured up to their recorded tracks.
The opener, Samo Sound Boy, set the mood for the night by mixing a set full of house tracks while the crowd filtered in. I was surprised to see that there truly wasn't a median age of the audience; I saw older couples and even teenagers who had brought their parents. Nevertheless, the entirety of the crowd seemed well informed of Rudimental's discography, chattering about what favorites of theirs they might play.
After Samo's set, the crowd was warmed up and ready to dance 'til they dropped. Rudimental has a traveling band of about 10 or more people, two of which are singers that are featured on about half of the tracks on the new album, Will Heard and Anne-Marie. I was in awe of their raw talent and ability to not only sing flawlessly, but simultaneously connect with the crowd. The traveling band also includes a live saxophone and trumpets. All the different facets and sounds of their record came to life on stage with a full band, as opposed to a DJ set. The constant smiles and infectious laughter, accompanied by endless dancing amongst the band exhibited how much they truly enjoy themselves on stage. My expectations for this concert were extremely high and they managed to meet those and then some. Rudimental live is something everyone should witness, especially before their impending explosion onto the U.S. music scene.