LIVE: Laura Mvula, Alice Russell, Roots Manuva & The Invisible on BBC6
by Ayian C.
British radio station, BBC6, is hosting a series of live music in front of an audience at the historical Maida Vale Studios. Last weekend the Couch Sessions was there to witness some mind-blowing, stellar performances.
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show on Saturday featured female vocalists Alice Russell and Laura Mvula – both big favourites of the Couch Sessions.
It’s sometimes hard to believe that such a big, powerful voice can come from the small body of Alice Russell, but she certainly raised the roof.
Laura Mvula delivered a riveting performance, categorically taking her pride of place amongst the stars. She sang songs from her forthcoming debut album She, due to be released on 4th March 2013.
Laura has placed herself in the accomplished hands of musical director and drummer Troy Miller, who has worked with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Adele, Roy Ayers, Don Blackman and even Q-tip. Included in her band are some of the UK’s most talented musicians Xantone Blacq (keys), Karl Rasheed-Abel (double bass) and Vula Malinga (backing vocals).
Sunday brought a very unique experience on Huey Morgan’s show, with an unexpected collaboration between celebrated British rapper Roots Manuva and Mercury Prize nominee The Invisible. Coming from very different genres, but equally established talents, this momentary union performed reworks of some of their respective tracks including The Invisible’s ‘Generational’ and Roots Manuva’s ‘Banana Skank’, which made for an exceedingly enjoyable gig.
Rodney (Roots Manuva) exclaimed,”this has never been done before. This may never be done again.” Watch it here.