Submotion Orchestra / LV feat. Joshua Idehen [Live Review – Concorde 2, Brighton, 15/11/14]

Submotion-Alium-Dan-Medhurst-High-Res-JPG V2If you love diversity, Brighton (aka Camden-on-Sea) is damn near perfect. Its top alternative music venue, the Concorde 2 – situated next door to the beach – hosted batshit crazy prog-metal mentalists SikTh on a school night last week. Now, just a few days later, a mixed-bag crowd of dub lovers are filing in to spend Saturday night the right way – enjoying music that moves the hips as much as the head.

LV feat. Joshua Idehen get things off to a banging start, keeping a steadily swelling crowd entranced and entertained with a fun mix of heavy bass, abstract rhythms, and wicked lyrics. Although a too-dry vocal threatens to suck the life out of Idehen’s words, it ultimately fails thanks to the frontman’s full-frontal passion. By the time Idehen and LV leave the stage, the amount of applause suggests that they’ve won a fair few fans over this evening.

Submotion Orchestra are on a high right now. The night before this show was the biggest of their lives, performing a headlining set at the Forum in London. Now, they’re set on enrapturing another room, taking us through a series of top-drawer tunes fresh from the currently unreleased Alium (reviewed here) before launching into It’s Not Me, It’s You. The hypersyncopated banger is greeted by a warmly cooking audience who cheer for Thousand Yard Stare‘s one-two punch to the familiars, new tune Worries‘ Portishead atmospherics, and a host of heavenly bass riffs, beats, and lyrical lines that sweep all present away before All Yours closes the night via a venue-wide singalong.

When people start to turn and leave, I’m struck by their faces. After SikTh finished here, their fans looked battered; Submotion Orchestra’s followers, however, have tears in their eyes more often than not. The guys tug at sweat-soaked shirts while the women stare into smartphone mirrors, repairing the damage to their makeup. As for me, I’m still getting my breath back as I write this. I can safely say that this was one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2014.


Submotion Orchestra official website.

LV on Facebook and Twitter.

Joshua Idehen on Facebook and Twitter.

Concorde 2 official website.

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Posted on 17 November 2014

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