Friday 19 August 2011
Read the article here on The Argus’ website.
Dels and Ghostpoet put on a scintillating dual headline show at Concorde 2 to prove that not only are they the current stars of the British rap scene, but also perhaps the new stars of the British music scene itself.
Dels (Kieren Dickins) was up first, and showed rich promise with intelligent lyrics and impressive backing from his band of two adept keys players and complex drum work. Dickens is clearly a rare talent; the Ipswich-born artist trod a line that is often all-too-difficult to find for a frontman, in that he carried an immediate stage presence while steering clear of bluster. His fresh, precise style on the likes of single Trumpalump is a breath of fresh air; if there’s any justice left in the music business, we’ll be hearing a lot more about Dels in the near future.
Next up was Ghostpoet; after being nominated for the 2011 Mercury prize, 28-year-old Obaro Ejimiwe appears to be on the cusp of stardom. His flow is more languid than that of Dels, yet it perfectly suits the hazy dub rhythms like a beautiful hangover. Sparse, perfectly-judged guitar licks fluttered in and around Ejimiwe’s tales of love, loss and struggling to make oneself heard in a cynical world (“I”ve kinda lost my throne, I’m absent from the scene, I’m searchin’ for a way in life, I’m lookin’ for a theme”), and his rapper with the audience was intimate and touching.
Whether Ghostpoet wins the Mercury award or not, it’s clear that both he and Dels are destined for a busy 2012.