Live Review: Emotional Oranges @ XOYO, London 06/06/19
Share This Article:
Emotional Oranges brought their infectious acid-funk R&B to London on their first ever tour, at a sold-out XOYO show.
Image courtesy of Emotional Oranges
There is a strange sense of trepidation in the air prior to LA-based R&B duo Emotional Oranges heading out onto the stage for an intimate gig at the Shoreditch nightclub for two main reasons: first, this is the duo’s first ever tour, and to see them go international this early with only eight songs to their name was a huge shock, and second, the duo have kept their identity incredibly anonymous, not releasing photos, keeping themselves private, and going by the stage names ‘V’, female singer, and ‘A’, male singer. To say that there is a mixture of excitement and nervous anticipation is an understatement. This sense of anxiety isn’t helped by the duo coming out 80 minutes after doors opened, with there being no opening act and no hype-man with a DJ set to keep people interested; just some vibey music played at a medium volume with a couple of hundred people seeming disengaged, sweating around, awkwardly jostling for space in anticipation for the main act. The delay is so excruciating that the odd boo can be heard amongst the North London crowd. This all changes when the duo finally comes out to perform. To protect their sacred anonymity, the room is completely smoked out, with strong backlights used to just make it that tiny bit harder to make out faces. With only eight singles in their discography, there are no surprises in the setlist, and the expectant crowd went word for word on every song, with some fans jumping around wildly at a vibey R&B gig, which was curious, and most in attendance even joining in on the harmonies. The duo does play an unreleased single, ‘Don’t Be Lazy’, which sounds great: warm, bouncy bassline, strong vocals from V - all that good stuff we have come to adore and expect from Emotional Oranges. They also pay homage to Ashanti and Ja Rule with a rendition of their classic hit ‘Always on Time’.
You might also like...
People who read this also read...
CONTRIBUTOR OF THE MONTH