Lounge Session : Tom Grennan

For those who came down to Jungle last Thursday evening, thank you. I hope you all agree that it was a fantastic start to the 2017 Native Lounge Sessions. 

Thanks to Sony Music, we were lucky enough to welcome the extremely talented Tom Grennan to perform for us. He was a total star, and despite the fact that he had a pretty serious operation on his cheek just the day before (!), still performed with all of the passion and emotion that had the audience eating out of the palms of his hands from the very start.

Tom performed almost all unreleased tracks (except for 'Something In The Water'), which just added to the exclusive vibes on Thursday as we enjoyed 30 minutes of soulful songs in the intimate space of the Jungle Lounge. 

We particularly loved the heartwarming vocals of  'Sail Away', and can't wait to see what the future has in store for Tom. 

Thanks to photographer extraordinaire, Julian Hanford for the fantastic pics below:

 

 

Lounge Session : Luke Sital-Singh

Thanks to everyone who came down and joined us for another fantastic Lounge Session at Jungle Studios featuring the very talented, Luke Sital-Singh. 

Luke treated the crowd to a selection of beautiful back catalogue and unreleased tunes - finishing up with one of our favourites, 'Fail For You'. Seriously stunning.

Massive thanks to Kobalt for making it happen.

Can't wait to see you all at the next one x 

Luke Sital-Singh

Luke Sital-Singh

Lounge Session : Tiggs Da Author

Another amazing Lounge Session at Jungle last week. Tiggs Da Author absolutely smashed it and had the audience eating out of the palm of his hands.

Thanks to Sony Music for making it happen and to everyone for coming down!

Lounge Session : JONES

We had another absolutely fabulous Lounge Session last week, this time with the mesmerising ‪#‎JONES‬ treating us to a stripped back and intimate set of beautiful new and unreleased tracks. 

Jones brings a fresh tongue to a classic style, blending polished electronic sounds with raw, organic elements, echoing her modern musical loves. For those who aren’t aware of her, you can check out her latest live performance on Later… with Jools Holland below =>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPoPBHlT5sM

Thanks to everyone who came down and keep an eye out for the next one happening soon!

Lounge Session : Anne-Marie and D/C

Thanks to everyone who came down to another fantastic Lounge Session at Jungle last Thurs. We were lucky enough to welcome Atlantic Records into the house, bringing with them Brixton-born pop/R&B artist and guest vocalist on the latest Rudimental album, Anne-Marie as well as R&B vocalist and South London Native, D/C.

D/C kicked things off with a handful of unreleased beauties; with a set up of just keyboard and the lushest of vocals. If you haven’t already have a listen to latest single, Longing For You.

Next up was the mesmerising Anne-Marie, fresh from her appearance at the #‎Brits2016. WHAT A VOICE. Anne-Marie spoilt us with a number of her newest tunes, and it’s safe to say the audience was won over by her charm. It was a privilege to have her perform for us before heading off to Glasgow to begin her tour with Rudimental. You will have heard her stunning vocals on ‘Rumour Mill’ w/ Rudimental but we urge you to seek out more of her solo material. ‘Do It Right’ is one of our favourites. Can't wait to hear more from her!

Thanks to everyone who came down. Looking forward to the next one!

Lounge Session : Labrinth Ends 2015 Sessions on a Massive High

After a stellar year of Lounge Sessions we wanted to finish 2015 with a bang. Our end of year 2014 session had seen Billy Bragg play a 45 minute set to a packed room, and we wanted to mark the end of 2015 with a similar high point.

We were very fortunate to be able to host the incredibly talented Labrinth. Once again, it was a packed room, the Christmas feel was just in the air, and the artist blew everybody away.

Labrinth played a set of his best known material, just himself on keys, backed by double bass and drums.

The room was his captive from the beginning of the set until the end, and his warm and infectious nature transmitted throughout the Lounge.

After the showcase he was happy to have selfies, and even recorded a wedding message for someone! Then we all retired to the (newly heated) roof terrace to dance and drink.

Labrinth and the band stuck around, and a lucky few were witness to an impromptu jam session later on in the evening, with everybody who was present joining in. 

It was a truly special and unique night, that was the perfect way to end a really successful year of Lounge Sessions.

Aquilo and Whilk & Misky : Island Records Takeover

At Native HQ we have just about recovered from last week’s Island Records Takeover. What a night.

Last Thursday we were honoured to welcome both Aquilo and Whilk & Misky into our home, Jungle Studios. It was a fantastic turnout and people arrived early in anticipation. Drinks and sushi were on tap.

Aquilo were up first, and what a way to warm up the crowd. Aquilo are a musical duo from Silverdale, Lancashire: Tom Hingham and Ben Fletcher. We had the chance to speak to the guys before their performance and asked for them to describe their sound. They put it simply, ‘we’re two northern lads who write sad songs’. 

Arriving fresh faced and with an incredibly clear musical aesthetic, Tom’s angelic lead vocals soar and when Ben joins in, their harmonies are hypnotising. You could hear a pin drop when the opening of 2014 single 'Losing You’ played out - definitely a personal favourite of ours.

If you are a fan of SOHN, London Grammar, old-school Blue Nile or any other band in the ‘mellow’ category, you will love Aquilo.

Second up were London duo Whilk & Misky. Nima and Charlie - AKA Whilk & Misky - have been quietly working on their sound for the past two years, and their love for both soul and electronica makes for an almost totally unique, intelligent sound. 

Charlie’s growling vocals (and devilish good-looks ;) had the crowd transfixed, and they couldn’t help but move their feet when Spanish-influenced, upbeat number ‘Clap Your Hands’ was played. Whilk & Misky delivered a hugely exciting, energy-filled performance that set us up beautifully for our move onto the roof terrace to continue the party.

Jungle’s very own resident DJ’s Joe Skinner, Jim Griffin and Stuart Allen-Hynd took over from here and kept the party vibe-ing with the perfect mix of Reggae sounds and House beats until the early hours.  

Thanks so much to all who came along, and a huge thank you to Island Records for helping to make it happen. We can’t wait until the next!

Lounge Session : Kiko Bun, Whilk & Misky and Aquilo

We are delighted to announce that on Thurs 23rd July we are joined by three of Island Records newest and hottest acts: Kiko Bun, Whilk & Misky and Aquilo.

Live acts start at 6pm in the Lounge, with a Kiko Bun DJ set starting at around 19:30 on the roof terrace.

The list is already pretty much full, but if you are quick we can add you to the list. RSVP to:

hello@nativemusicsoho.co.uk

We can't wait

Dan, Fred and Rach

Lounge Session : Lianne La Havas

Last week’s Lounge Session really was something special.

For those of you who missed it, we were lucky enough to experience the incredibly talented and mesmerising Lianne La Havas perform two live sets in the intimate settings of the RKCR/Y&R boardroom and then onto our home, Jungle Studios. 

Offering a mostly acoustic and hushed hybrid of alternative folk and soul, Lianne was born in London, to a Greek father and Jamaican mother. She began singing at seven, and cites her parents’ diverse musical tastes as having the biggest influence on her music. Her mother played with Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige, and her father, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, taught her the basics of guitar and piano. 

After a totally unplugged set at RKCR/Y&R, Lianne and crew headed over to Jungle Studios where they prepped for set two. After a quick sound check (which gave the guests time to pop to the roof terrace for a few glasses of bubbles) Lianne began with her latest single Unstoppable, a love song La Havas recently debuted on Later… With Jools Holland, a programme that was one of the original springboards for her career. She then spent the next half hour weaving between old and new works, all the while holding a totally captivated audience (lots of oohs, ahhs and gasps). All-in-all a totally flawless and touching performance.

As soon as the set came to a close, Lianne and audience took advantage of the wonderful weather and relocated back to the roof terrace where we were entertained by Jim Griffin from Jungle on decks!

Lounge Session : Laura Doggett

Last week we were graced, and we don't use that word lightly, by the presence of Laura Doggett. Our thanks to Sony ATV for arranging to bring her in. 

Our first stop was at RKCR/Y&R for a Tea Room Session, which we curate. And Laura sung to the room and captivated the audience. Sessions like these are always interesting as you see the artist go from arriving, and wondering what on earth they are in for, to being greeted by the warmth and gratitude of the agency - and leaving on a high.

We then jumped into a car and headed to Jungle Studios, our home and the venue for our own showcases - Lounge Sessions.

Laura (and Mark on keys), then wowed the packed room, with her incredible voice and strength of songs. The depth and weight of Laura's songs are counter-balanced by her light and playful personality that came across so well in between. The intimate environment always makes these showcases special occasions, but this one even more so. You could feel the connection between artist and audience from the outset. Watch a tiny clip here:

Everyone stuck around for drinks and food, and Laura hung out with us all for a while too. Nobody really wanted to go home. It was a special showcase, that we will remember for a long time.

Don't miss the next one - it's big.

The Native Team

Lounge Session : Great Good Fine OK

Really excited to see these guys while they are over from New York... join us by RSVPing to hello@nativemusicsoho.co.uk

Lounge Session : Billy Bragg

It's true! Billy Bragg is joining us next week for our last Lounge Session of the year.

RSVP to hello@nativemusicsoho.co.uk to attend, but be quick!

Lounge Session : We Were Evergreen

WOW. A packed Lounge Session, and deservedly so. We Were Evergreen cast their spell over us from the first to last song. Then we all headed to the roof terrace for beers. It wasn't a bad day at the office. Thanks to the band for making so many people's day, and great luck with the tour.

Watch The Shires

Check out this lovely little film of The Shires at one of our recent Lounge Sessions. Filmed and edited by Mark Roberts

Lounge Session : The Shires

An incredible duo from the UK who are wrapped in the American sound of country. They sing about British stuff (weather, fish and chips, tea!!!), but with an American inspired sound. Check them out - they are brilliant.

Lounge Session : Lucius

The first of our Lounge Sessions kicked of in spectacular style with the wonderful Lucius, who were over in the UK to promote their forthcoming album. The harmonies and songs were outstanding and the Lounge at Jungle Studios was packed out... look out for future sessions. Email hello@native-jungle.co.uk to be on the mailing list.

Lounge Session : Kimberly-Anne

It's official- we love Kimberly Anne. Great songs, wicked voice and a real good laugh. Another great Lounge Session.

Lounge Session : Nothing But Thieves

Another brilliant Lounge Session, thanks to Nothing But Thieves for giving everyone a few goosebumps - spellbinding vocals. Great guys too.

Lounge Session : Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor are a duo we reckon you're going to hear a lot about over the next few years - a pair of young, Irish, uber-talented and charming brothers - thanks for coming to play our Lounge Sessions.