Last Thursday, we took our NME-curated lineup to Soho Music Month’s Newburgh Quarter Sessions. Teaming up with Platform LDN and Tunecore, the outdoor event introduced Londoners to some of our favourite acts on the NME Emerging platform.
Estee Blu got things off to a fine start, incorporating a smooth cover of SZA’s 2017 hit ‘The Weekend’ and her own songs about psychic connections
North London’s Loux was up next and proved to be the night’s most energetic performer. Pairing old-school beats with a throughly modern mindset, there’s legs in this young rapper’s brand of hip-hop.
Effie, meanwhile, incorporated some of her biggest influences in her electrifying set. First incorporating some of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ into her opening song, then paying tribute to a rather famous art pioneer in her own lyrics: “Like Salvador Dali, the clocks are melting”.
Showcasing a powerful voice, Nina Hudson’s stripped-back show was a welcome intimate moment in the showcase – allowing her to command the stage and soar.
Koko Clay closed the showcase with a pulsating blend of electronic music, pop and R&B – clearly taking influence from the her t-shirt’s namesake, Diana Ross.
It was Effie who stole the show, though, and crowned our favourite act of the night.