Anderson .Paak @ KOKO, 21/4/17

In Live Reviews by Jess Lumb

Anderson .Paak’s stint supporting Bruno Mars has proved a success, and tonight’s headline PA slot at KOKO proved no exception from the excitement amassed during .Paak’s time in the U.K.

.Paak’s live band The Free Nationals tonight offered a DJ set that was the perfect introduction for a celebratory evening. .Paak later works the stage tirelessly, despite this being his second set of the night amid an extensive tour.

Energetic as ever, the set showcases both collaborative work and cuts from studio albums Venice and Malibu. Side project NxWorries track ‘Suede’ was received euphorically, similarly to the excitement that ensued when the Kaytranada produced ‘Glowed Up’ dropped.

Opening with Malibu’s ‘Come Down’ .Paak demonstrated an ability to ignite a crowd that filled KOKO’s floors. The more soulful ‘The Waters’ and ‘Heart Don’t Stand A Chance’ offer some beauty and relaxation but are still impossibly dance-infusing.

Taking to the drums for ‘Put Me Thru’ the set is elevated to manifest not only .Paak’s showmanship but his stellar musicianship too. Anthem ‘Am I Wrong’ unsurprisingly garners a vibrant response before the electrifying set is brought to a close with ‘Lite Weight’.

Tonight the adoring crowd at KOKO are truly treated; an extensive set, far more than a low-key appearance, tonight proved that .Paak is ready for the biggest stages himself.

Words by Jess Lumb
Snaps by Sam Wilson