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Live Review: Snakehips @ The Electric Brixton

Monday 11 September 2017

On Friday night, Spindle headed down to the Electric Brixton to catch DJ duo Snakehips at their first headlining show in London since October 2016.

Even if you haven’t heard of the names that make up Snakehips, consisting of Oliver Lee and James Carter, you’ve almost definitely heard their singles and remixes blowing up your radio as far back as 2014. Their 2015 banger ‘All My Friends’, featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rapper, peaked at number 5 on the UK singles chart, and since then they’ve charted with the likes of Zayn Malik and Danish singer-songwriter MØ on tracks ‘Cruel’ (2016) and ‘Don’t Leave’ (2017). We were excited to see what their live set had in store, and we were not disappointed.

The first act to open for Snakehips was East London outfit Bless DJs, followed by Sydney native and producer MXXWLL. Often supplementing the sounds from his laptop with his own electric guitar playing, MXXWLL produced a varied set that steered the crowd in exactly the right direction, ending with a well-received remix of Craig David’s 2000 classic ‘Fill Me In’ that left everybody in high spirits.

Shortly afterwards, Trippy Turtle took the stage in his signature green turtle hoodie to give us an upbeat set that delivered good vibes all round. Bobbing his head and pulling out all the dance moves behind the decks, it was clear that he was as into his own sounds as we were, and his enjoyment built a sense of crowd camaraderie that was truly something special.

Then, finally, it was time for Snakehips to come on.

Performing from atop a colour-changing neon sign bearing their name, the pair were greeted with huge enthusiasm by the crowd. New track ‘Either Way’ featuring Anne-Marie and Joey Bada$$ featured early in the set, drawing a great response from the crowd which bodes well for the future of this pop banger.

In honour of their return to a London stage after almost a year, Snakehips brought out two special guests on the night, beginning with Sinead Harnett, their collaborator on 2014 track ‘Days With You’. Harnett took the stage by storm, delivering flawless vocals and a killer confidence that instantly had fans in the crowd singing along.

We were delighted to also see our fave gal Malika take to the stage later on in the night for a rendition of Snakehips’ track ‘Falling’, which she collaborated on with them in 2016. (You can read more about Malika’s experience working with Snakehips in our interview with her here! )

The singer encouraged the audience to sing the song’s chorus directly to Snakehips on their lit podium, undoubtedly one of the feel-good highlights of the night, and the pair even commented that ‘It’s like a house party in here!’ We couldn’t have agreed more. With remixes of tracks from DJ Khaled’s smash hit ‘Wild Thoughts’ to 2007 Soulja Boy classic ‘Crank That’, the whole venue felt as relaxed as if you were in your best friend’s living room – albeit at the party of the year. Their 2016 hit ‘Cruel’ featuring Zayn made a welcome appearance before the duo closed out their set with fan favourite ‘All My Friends’, ensuring that Snakehips finished their headlining gig in the manner of all the best house parties – with everybody dancing, singing along at the top of their lungs.

Watch the video for Snakehips’ most recent single ‘Either Way’ with Anne-Marie and featuring Joey Bada$$ below, or catch them if you can on their tour, starting October 2017 – we highly recommend it!

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