GOAT Music’s Borderless Series has established itself as one of London’s best platforms for discovering live music talent of all creeds and colours. In their previous home at Battersea Arts Centre, they played host to the likes of Andrew Ashong, Fatima & The Eglo Live Band, and grime veteran Trim. This winter the Borderless team plant their flag in East London, setting up shop at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Once again they have curated a line-up of new voices and underground legends to take the stage at an iconic performing arts venue. Here we run down what you can expect for the rest of October.
ANUSHKA + XOA (DJ / Live) – 12th Oct
Based in Brighton, producer Max Wheeler and singer/songwriter Victoria Port are Anushka, melding together crisp clubby sounds, with the accent on bass and broken beats, gleaned from UK funky house, and Port’s jazzy vocals. The pair are signed to Gilles Peterson’s trusted label Brownswood Recordings and are sure to make good on their promise of embodying “vocal music for sound systems”. Joining them will be London’s XOA, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson, fusing the rhythmic intensity of 70s Afrobeat with unapologetic dancefloor grooves.
Sola Akingbola’s Critical Mass + Special Guests – 20th Oct
Jamiroquai percussionist and bandleader Sola Akingbola will be taking his live group Critical Mass to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, promising a heady collision of synths and gnarled guitars to match the equally tumultuous times in which we live. Conceived by Akingbola as a way to make something distinctive and new from a collection of diverse styles and backgrounds – the band boasts a Cuban drummer – Critical Mass’s zeitgeist-y futuristic funk is certainly worth experiencing.
Horace Andy – 21st Oct
To round things off will be king of the dancehall Horace Andy, a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as “Government Land”, as well as “Angel” and “Five Man Army” with English trip hop duo Massive Attack. For an artist who rarely plays solo gigs, this is a great opportunity to see the spellbinding reggae veteran in a beautiful setting.
Buy tickets at www.stratfordeast.com
Words by David March.