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Issue 1093

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THE INTERNET: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19

The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com
The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com The Internet: O2 Academy Brixton, London 21/3/19 @bluesandsoul.com

In a year of high points, 2018 was a breakthrough year for The Internet... Latest long-player "Hive Mind" showed just how far they'd come since breaking off from California's Odd Future collective, which boasts Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt among its alumni.

Third album "Ego Death", released in 2015, was a tough act to follow, but the group took it to another level with last year's record. No surprise then that their show at Brixton Academy was a sell-out weeks in advance, with a diverse crowd packing into the iconic South London venue to watch the soul/hip-hop act do their thing.

The show, as does the album, began with a hypnotising version of "Come Together", lead singer Syd bounding onstage and delivering a masterclass in understated vocals.

With Matt Martians on keyboard, Steve Lacy on guitar and Patrick Paige II on bass and Christopher Smith on drums, the group gel together seamlessly to combine a wall of sound with lo-fi, neo-soul jams.

"Under Control" and "Mood" were highlights, while a trippy version of "Stay The Night" gave Syd the chance to demonstrate what she can do to a delighted crowd.

"It Gets Better (With Time)" built into a superb crescendo, while "Wanna Be" sounded superb performed live.

"Get Away" - the opening track from "Ego Death" - brought the night to a triumphant close.

The Internet are due to return to London in the summer to perform at Somerset House. Judging by this show, it could be one of the must-see shows of the next few months.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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