We're still flying high on happy vibes today.
Last night we attended the Converse x The Fader party at the legendary 100 Club in central London.
We were there to watch Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes. A singer/songwriter on a strict focus to bring back everything 80s. Dev's slender form was on the stage long before he started performing, sound-testing his own equipment in a way that made him immediately likeable and approachable. This feeling was later confirmed by his inviting audience members up on stage, and then joining the rest of the audience in the crowd. We haven't even mentionned that his accommodating personality even means that his fellow stage vocalist is also his GF.
Opening his set with the most liquid hip dance moves we've ever seen, the audience were immediately in over zealous dance mode. No one cared; none of us could resist the funky bass and incessantly brilliant saxophone backdrops. As Dev sang in his Prince-like manner, we looked on in awe, and wished we could wear old school baseball caps and look cool. I also was personally wishing i could have been given a free pair of white leather converse boots - those are crisp!
Beginning with 'Chamakay' and 'You're Not Good Enough', i was immediately happy, although slightly apprehensive as to how he would maintain my attention, considering those are my favourite tracks. I needn't have worried. Whipping out Skepta for a feature on one track, and finshing with 'It Is What It Is', Blood Orange hot footed it into the best gig of my year.
[PHOTO CREDITS: CONVERSE X FADER]