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Review: Reeps One at the Jazz Cafe, Camden

Thursday 05 December 2013

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Words Lizzie

He’s toured with Prodigy, been shipped off to Tokyo to talk about beatboxing and last Thursday found himself performing to an intimate crowd at Camden’s notorious Jazz Cafe on his birthday. Reeps One is no ordinary beatboxer, he does more than create the sound of a helicopter in the room. And that’s why I would encourage anyone to go see him live.¬†

I arrived at the Jazz Cafe knowing what to expect. Reeps One has over 20 million hits on youtube and uses his voice to compose music that crosses a number of genres, from grime and deep-house to dubstep. However, what I didn’t expect was to be fully in awe of his raw passion, technique and willingness to share his journey. He told a personal story, identifying how much he had learnt and how ‘something personal became outward’ when he saw his friend dancing to his ‘mouth noises’. And that’s precisely what the crowd did at the Jazz Cafe – they danced, they laughed and were mesmerised by the visuals (some with the help of narcotics), which were controlled by Reeps One’s voice vibrations. Screw computer generated images. These visuals were on another level.

What made Reeps One’s gig even better was his eagerness to showcase other musician’s talents. His ‘Music Face Sessions’ on youtube are dedicated to acoustic collaborations, and in Camden he brought on-stage Josh Bevan (Brighton based soloist) and Marcia Richards (from The Skints) to perform Kiss From a Rose. Check out the video:

Reeps One is refining the art of mouth production and is¬†performing in Brighton at the Haunt on December 13th as well as being part of the incredible NYE lineup at Village Underground, Shoreditch. Don’t Miss Out.

Twitter: @Reeps1


Words: Lizzie Ashby