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Duke Dumont - Live @ Oslo, Hackney (20th August 2014)

Grammy nominated producer Duke Dumont was joined by an array of special guests last night for his debut live show at Oslo, Hackney. Support came in the form of Bla Boys Club signee and 'I Got U' co-producer Jax Jones.

Arriving at Oslo just after 8.30pm, I immediately headed to the restaurant below keen to grab a quick pint before the show started and avoid the inevitable crowd congestion at the smaller top level bar. This my second visit to the venue, having caught the first of The Temper Trap's run of three headline shows at Oslo last month, I was once again pleasantly surprised to find that despite the show's sold-out status the organisers had been sensible in their allocation of space and with a crowd of between 200-300 people there was more than enough room to move and dance as Jax Jones warmed things up with a DJ set full of recent House favourites. 

With the lights still down, it was not till around 9.40pm that Duke Dumont, accompanied by two session musicians, finally took to the stage. The trio primed and ready with little fuss, they immediately launched into 2013 chart-topping hit 'Need U 100%', playing an elongated version of the track's intro before being joined on-stage by the first guest vocalist of the night A*M*E*. With Duke positioned towards the back of the stage, where he could concentrate more readily on a mixture of drum pads, keyboards and samplers, it was immediately obvious that, unlike many other electronic artists I have seen take on the live setting, the English born producer was keen to position himself outside of the spotlight and it was instead left to A*M*E to get the crowd going as she screamed "Hackney, I need you to make some noise!" The crowd response to this was phenomenal and the track's instantly recognisable vocal hook and melody ensured things got off to a high energy start.

First song out of the way, for his next track Duke took things into his own hands losing the guest vocalist and segueing straight into his 2014 remix of Tensnake & Nile Rodger's collaborative single 'Love Sublime'. The track, building on the excitement generated by the first, also provided an early indication that Duke Dumont is a performer more than capable of his holding his own in a live setting, even when without the support of a guest vocalist, a problem many electronic artists struggle to overcome. Indeed, despite the absense of a vocalist to lead the crowd Duke quickly had the entire audience dancing along to the infectious beat as they sang every word back to him in perfect rhytm. This is not to say, however, that the producer didn't still have a few more supriseguests up his sleeve and as the evening progressed the crowd was treated to further guest appearances from Kelli-Leigh for a flawless rendition of former 'I Got U' (despite being still relatively unknown Kelli-Leigh is also the vocalist from Second City's chart-topping single 'I Wanna Feel'), as well as the ever impressive MNEK who laid down vocals on the more downbeat of Duke's recent singles 'Hold On'. 

Indeed, throughout the night it was the set list that acted as the ultimate testament to Duke's own hard work over the last 18 months and there was barely a song played that the audience didn't already seem to know from start to finish. This said, the producer did still manage to fit in some of his older material in too and fan favourite 'The Giver' was played too much applause, along with Duke's 2013 remix of Haim's 'Falling'. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was new single 'Won't Look Back', however, that seemed to recieve the bargest crowd reaction of all, with a sea of hands raised into the air as the song's anthemic chords blared out of the venue's PA system for the first time. That being said, for myself it was the final track of the night that truly stole the show. An instant contrast to the dance orientated songs that had come before, the final song saw Duke welcome Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow to the stage as he prepared to play a piece of new and previously unheard material. With a voice not unreminiscent of long term SBTRKT collaborater Sampha, McMorrow's vocal perfromance was quite simply breath taking and beautiful complimented an atmospheric mixture of synths and electronic chords crafted by Duke. Entitled 'Higher' there is no word yet on when the track will be formally released, but if you're a Duke Dumont fan rest assured the best is still yet to come.

Tickets to Duke Dumont's live European tour go on sale tomorrow (22nd August 2014) at 9am. You can also pre-order his new single 'Won't Look Back (Feat. Jax Jones)' HERE now. 

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