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Review: The final Outlook Orchestra of 2017 blew the roof off The Troxy!

In Hip Hop, Reggae & Dancehall by Nick Russell

The fourth and final Outlook Orchestra show of 2017 took over East London venue The Troxy on Thursday night. Taking a festival experience, and containing it to one of London’s most theatrical concert venues, this was a celebration of UK soundsystem and bass culture in all it’s forms.  The result was a 100 minute live mix which was a loud, proud and multi-instrumental nod to some of our favourite tracks from the past 20+ years! From a live rendition of Foreign Beggars’ 2003 anthem ‘Hold On’ to Jenna G’s collab with Chase & Status ‘In Love’ which changed the game in 2006.

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The night captured some of the UK’s most celebrated, respected and talented vocalists such as General Levy, Flowdan, Jehst and Foreign Beggars. A host of talent were placed with the 20-piece orchestra. Led by Tommy Evans (not the rapper!) the night gave the illusion that maybe it wasn’t so bad to have missed Outlook’s 10th anniversary now that this was experienced! From reggae, to electronica, to dubstep and grime, this offered something for everyone who had a love for bass culture.

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Reggae legends like Horace Andy, Dawn Penn and Congo Natty also showed theyre still hot property and performing to a live orchestra made it that much more indulgent on the senses! Other notable performances were the orchestral recitals of electronic and dubstep classics from the likes of Burial and Skream.  An experience which sent a shiver down the spine of anyone who was able to flash back to late night raves in their younger days.

Photos credits: Troxy

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