Review: Vitalic

@ KOKO, 28/3/2013

Getting my Easter weekend off to a fantastic start, I had the pleasure of seeing Vitalic headline what was a great show at Camden’s Koko.  Presented by The Playground, the lineup also featured Kap Bambino, Dragonette, Yuksek, Goose and Étienne de Crécy.

Vitalic, the stage name of French electronic music composer Pascal Arbez, performed an engaging set, buoyed along by dramatic strobe lights, catchy electronic loops and a lively audience.  With songs pulsing with a hard edginess but made undoubtedly for the dance floor, it was clear to see why Vitalic is famed for bridging the gap between rock and dance music.

Continuing the electronic delight, Yuksek took to the stage followed by Étienne de Crécy, both of whom delivered excellent performances.  The crowd’s enthusiasm for Yuksek’s amalgamation of pop, dance and electro built up a steady anticipation for de Crécy’s DJ set. An expert in his field, de Crécy certainly didn’t disappoint with his electro-techno textures which created a whole new energy in the crowd.

The night was perfectly orchestrated with the electro-pop sounds by acts such as Drangonette and Goose off-setting and bouncing off perfectly from the more adrenaline-charged and rockier sounds of the likes of Kap Bambino.  With a mass array of great lighting effects and a vibrant audience, this night was a sure-fire hit for both dedicated electro fans and those looking for a quality night of good music; one thing is for sure though: the French are still maestros when it comes to electronic music.

Words: Kitty Lungley