The BBC’s eclectic late-night music show Later… With Jools Holland celebrated its 25th annivesary on Friday night, televising a pre-recorded performance featuring a bunch of big acts at the Royal Albert Hall. It was, in keeping with the regal surroundings, a slightly more straight-laced group than usual: Paul Weller, Van Morisson, and Foo Fighters were the marquee names; grime hero Dizzee Rascal and Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall bolstered the top of the bill; French singer-songwriter Camille and jazz artist Gregory Porter changed the pace. It’s all decent—save for the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These,” where Dave Grohl’s voice sounds real tired—and you can watch the performances here.
There were two standouts though. Horn-heavy Malian rock ‘n’ roll troupe Songhoy Blues played the kinetic “Bamako,” with lead singer Aliou Touré bouncing behind his mic and Garba Touré flying from one end of his SG to the other, holding down a funk rhythm and switching to a rising riff when the chorus hit. This band rules.
The other highlight came from Kali Uchs—your favorite rapper’s new favorite singer—and Walsall-born artist Jorja Smith. They performed their recent single, “Tyrant,” and it worked perfectly. Uchis’s voice was smoldering and flawless, and Smith sauntered through her verse. It was great and you can watch it below.
May Later… with Jools Holland never go off the air.
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