London Grammar live performance in the KEXP Studios
February 18, 2015 11:13 AM   Subscribe

London Grammar is amazing live in the KEXP Studios English trio London Grammar combine sparse electronic pop in the model of The XX with dramatic, big-voiced lead singer Hannah Reid, whose vocals evoke contemporaries Florence Welch and Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes. Here, they play a beautifully restrained set and leave the KEXP annpouncer speechless. If you like this, check out their cover of Wicked Game
posted by bobdow (22 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
Sadly, not actually available to watch in London
posted by dng at 11:16 AM on February 18, 2015


This playlist works for me in Canada while the full-set performance does not.
posted by pahalial at 11:24 AM on February 18, 2015


Mod note: Replaced first link with full url; please avoid url shorteners on Mefi, they don't save any screenspace and make it harder to tell where a link is going.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:28 AM on February 18, 2015


Wow. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 11:38 AM on February 18, 2015


dng: "Sadly, not actually available to watch in London"

I share your pain, so here's Hey Now, one of my favourites from the session. I woke up to the radio playing this song one morning, and I went from zombie to fully awake and rapt in Reid's gorgeous rasp in the space of about 30 seconds.
posted by vanar sena at 11:50 AM on February 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


I got to see them in an eensy weensy venue where they played for a crowd of about 30 people. It was magic stuff, and Reid's voice makes prickles go up my arms. I'm delighted to see them getting more attention in the US.

This is my favorite song they do, even though it's a cover. For comparison, the original.
posted by joyceanmachine at 11:52 AM on February 18, 2015


They are tops. Thanks for sharing.
posted by mykescipark at 11:56 AM on February 18, 2015


Very nice smoky contralto...
posted by jim in austin at 12:05 PM on February 18, 2015


I bought a London Grammar CD a while back when I was drunk-Amazoning. I didn't know who they were or what it would sound like, but apparently the name appeals to drunk Shelley (and why the hell not?). Turns out drunk me is pretty good at picking music because I love them.

I found out the next day that I also bought some really cool boots and a wonderful teeshirt with robots on it. It was a good time all round.
posted by shelleycat at 12:41 PM on February 18, 2015 [8 favorites]


I play a lot of house-y London Grammar remixes, but this one is one of my favorites. If garage / bass house is your thing, anyway.
posted by 1adam12 at 12:47 PM on February 18, 2015


The Sasha remix is also very nice. I'm looking forward to checking this out, her voice is fantastic.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:48 PM on February 18, 2015




I was very fortunate to see London Grammar a couple of weeks ago when they concluded their tour in Oakland. I consider it to be one of the best live performances I've seen.

While we're on the topic of house-y London Grammar remixes, I've got to post my favorite: the Arty Remix of Hey Now.
posted by zackfern at 1:26 PM on February 18, 2015


> a couple of weeks ago when they concluded their tour in Oakland

This happens to me so often - learning about a great new musician/band from an fpp, then finding out I JUST missed them - that I'm beginning to believe I've done something to offend the Cabal.
posted by rtha at 2:13 PM on February 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


Woah... a cover of Kavinsky's Nightcall
posted by rebent at 2:17 PM on February 18, 2015


KEXP's YouTube channel is pretty awesome.
posted by Nevin at 2:48 PM on February 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


KEXP has a great treasure trove of in studio performances.

(on preview--JINX!)
posted by crush-onastick at 2:50 PM on February 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is my favorite track featuring London Grammar: Help Me Lose My Mind
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 4:58 PM on February 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


KEXP's YouTube channel is pretty awesome.

KEXP is the bomb. I haven't lived in Seattle for ~20 years but I still send them $ every year!
http://i.imgur.com/k50Ceho.jpg

Also, London Grammar, wow. Thanks, bobdow, for the post.
posted by hapax_legomenon at 8:26 PM on February 18, 2015


I'm pretty sure I listened to the session last year but I hadn't heard the Wicked Game cover. Thanks!
posted by immlass at 8:57 PM on February 18, 2015


I was just down a KEXP Live YouTube hole a couple days ago for the first time. Highlights: Silversun Pickups, Charlie Parr, Macklemore.
posted by mcstayinskool at 6:59 AM on February 19, 2015


The War On Drugs' KEXP session is also fantastic.
posted by schmod at 10:05 AM on February 19, 2015


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