Live Review: Scroobius Pip with B. Dolan at London Koko – 27th February 2012

By on Tuesday, 20th March 2012 at 2:00 pm

There’s fake blood on the headline act’s hands, real blood on audience members’ faces, champagne being sprayed and the artists on stage are playing a cover of Prince. It’s a Scroobius Pip show of course.

Joined by support act B. Dolan across the tour, the evening started off in equally as boisterous fashion, if not quite as glamorously. B. Dolan brought his incredible show to the stage, complete with noose around his neck and oversized beard. Playing from his catalogue of assorted mixtapes and albums as well as premiering a few new tracks, ‘Film the Police’ slot in with ‘Who Killed Russel Jones’ as the crowd got on board for the Strange Famous rapper. Dolan could easily sell a smaller show to himself on those who love him by the end of this set and an on stage dance battle (yes, you read that right) with a Scroobius Pip lookalike from the crowd (aptly named Noobius Pip) only furthers the adoration of those present.

Without his partner in crime Dan le Sac, Scroobius Pip’s been doing pretty well. Whilst the dance vibe that saw the duo steal the show across festivals in the last few years has been lost, the energy and intelligence that Pip brings is still as apparent as ever. Coming on stage with two electric razors and giving himself a mid-tour trim during ‘Introdiction’ reminds the crowd that whilst the dance battles may be over for now, the originality on display is ever present.  Playing almost entirely and nearly in its entirety, Scroobius Pip’s debut album proper fills Koko with an incredible atmosphere from start to finish. With appearances from B. Dolan, Natasha Fox (for ‘Feel It’, by far the worst track on the record yet still well performed).

Tracks not featured on Pip’s recent solo effort also feature as the spoken word artist come rapper progresses through a lot of dark topic matters whilst still keeping a positive tone on the night. The crowd favourites tonight are ‘Astronaut’, a track about ambition “when I grow up, I want to be an astronaut, anything other than that is an afterthought” and ‘1000 Words’, performed from a comfy looking chair on stage and accompanied by a bottle of rose.

The last track for the night is a pandemonious Prince cover. By the end of it, regardless of your interest in the artist formerly known as… everyone’s moving, sweating and some are even bleeding. It’s been a night to remember for both crowd and musicians and it continues onto the next town. You have to wonder how much Pip can achieve when he teams back up with Le Sac.

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