The wonderful London Afrobeat Collective release their new album ‘Food Chain’ on May 25th. Having been at the forefront of London’s live music circuit and attracting a plethora of international bookings following their self titled debut L.A.C, the 10 piece collective set out to encapsulate the energy generated during their live performances and combine this with a newly evolved songwriting ability and refined musical prowess.
Produced by Leon Brichard (Ibibio Sound Machine and Plan B) with graphic design by prolific artist Ben Hito (George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic) ‘Food Chain’ is an album of anthemic songs with socially conscious lyrics, set to bold brass lines and hypnotic danceable grooves.
After Nyne were lucky enough to be invited down to their album launch party on 15th May at the Prince of Wales in Brixton, and the band definitely lived up to the hype. POW, as it’s affectionately known, is a great venue, with a double decker outside roof terrace, you could easily think you were in Mallorca as opposed to next door to Brixton tube station and above a KFC.
I must admit that I was slightly underwhelmed by the turnout for the gig, as it’s a pretty big venue and LAC are a fabulous band, though this didn’t deter the group as their incredible front woman, Funke Adeleke kicked off the evening with ‘Prejudice’. LAC really do make music that is impossible not to dance to, even from just watching the band on stage, it’s so difficult to resist moving. Slowly but surely the crowd began to warm up to give the guys on stage the audience they really deserved.
I personally have been listening to the album taster in the morning to get me through my morning commute, and it’s always so great to listen to a band that are as tight live as they are on their record. To have a 10 piece so in sync with each other and full of so much energy is a sight to behold.
Hearing the album in full was pretty spectacular, and having ‘Lagos Junction’ thrown in at the end for good measure was a nice touch. Overall I don’t think I’ve danced as much as I did on this night for a very long time, and even though I must’ve looked like I’d just come out of the gym at the end, it was so worth it. London Afrobeat Collective know how to throw a party and obviously don’t do anything by halves.
You can catch the Collective over the summer:
24th May | Knockengorroch Festival | Scotland
29th May | Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch | London
12th June | Southbank Centre | London
19th June | The Fleece | Bristol
26th June | Glastonbury Festival | Somerset
12th July | Mondomix Festival | The Isle Of Wight