First before you get your knickers in a twist, I'm simply using the acronym EDM as an umbrella term here because Rudimental is leading the way in electronic music performance across the board. The sub-genres are Drum & Bass, Future Funk/Soul, House, and Breakbeat.
Read: Stop Calling EDM, EDM
So to the point here. Last night I had the opportunity to catch them live at The Fonda here in Hollywood with DJ Samo Soundboy from DJDS opening up with a silky bass-heavy set.
I've been paying attention to Rudimental for a little while and been loving what they are doing. It reminds me of the bygone era of Drum & Bass when guys like Roni Size, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, and Grooverider were holding court.
This performance was purely about the music, not one ounce of LED wall, lasers, pyrotechnics or other distracting bullshit. Rudimental have put a show together that is like watching an old school funk/soul band that just oozes with charisma and energy with an electronic twist.
This band is tight; they are having so much fun up on the stage that everything seems almost effortless and sounds perfect. You just are immediately mesmerized by that in a way that is quite different than being visually drugged by an LED wall.
They rolled through some of the earlier Drum & Bass numbers and then on to some of the new stuff from the album that they are touring for right now, We The Generation on Big Beat Records.
It's just a rare treat to see an 11 piece band (that's the number I counted, I might be off) completely jamming and going nuts with electronic music at the foundation of it all. It's not easy or cheap to take a show like this on the road, so huge props to them for that and to the label for supporting.
I hope we see more EDM acts like this that can truly put on a show that feels like a proper concert and less like light bright theater because that's kind of getting old.
If you have a chance to catch them, here is their remaining tour schedule
They play again tonight in LA, I suggest you find a way to get there even if you have to lie to your granny. You just don't want to miss this show.
Here is a video of one of their live performances and a tune from the old school act Breakbeat Era (Roni Size), you can hear the connection in many ways. It's great to see really solid music coming back into the electronic music scene, I was starting to lose hope.
Props to Mixerati for providing the tickets!