LIVE: Andreya Triana at the Ninja Tune 25th Year Annervsersary Montreal

by Winston "Stone" Ford

The UK’s venerable Ninja Tune label, started by Coldcut over 25 years ago in London has morphed into one of the largest independent underground labels of it’s kind. Although it might not be a household name to some, the label (and its subsidiary Big Dada) has launched the careers of such notables as Diplo, The Cinematic Orchestra, Roots Manuva, Mr. Scruff, The Heavy, and more.

So it was only fitting that the Montreal Jazz Festival would pay tribute to the label and it’s contributions to music, and kicking off the celebration is none other than their newest signee Andreya Triana.

Already gaining buzz in her native UK, the Brighton-based singer was flown over to North America for a rare appearance. And like most of her UK soul sisters, she’s got the chops–great looks, amazing voice, and a vintage soul attitude which most singers in the States lack.

Fronting the massive Metropolis venue is not for the faint of heart. The spot can fill almost 2000 people and her nerves were showing through the performance in the packed venue. But Andreya pulled through, balancing Donny Hathaway covers with her own hits “Lost Where I Belong,” and “A Town Called Obsolete.” Both tracks quickly quelled the skeptical (and more electronic loving) crowd.

Later in the night she showed her left-field chops by joining fellow Ninja Tune (and producer/collaborator) Bonobo on stage during his set.

Watch this space, because Andreya Triana is surley going to be on everybody’s “it” list by the end of the year. Her UK pedigree and soulful stylings have already won over the Jazz Festival crowd in Montreal. World dominiaiton is surely next on the agenda.