It was that time of year again. Somerset House Summer Series has came and gone. After missing out on 2017 and 2018 – I was sure to have a double helping with Jacob Banks & Soulection.
I’m rather guilty to admit that I fell in love with Jacob’s booming voice through Fifty Shades Freed advert. I feel ashamed that I didn’t discover him sooner. My excitement intensified even more after the announcement that Ray BLK would be supporting act.
This would be the second time I would see Ray BLK and will definitely not the last. Born in Nigeria, raised in Catford. She’s worked with the likes of SG Lewis, Rudimental, Wretch 32, Raye & Stefflon Don – a bundle my favourites from the British music scene.
She most popular tune My Hood features fellow South Londoner, Stormzy, they describe the good, the bad and the ugly living in the what is considered “the endz“. The contradictory feeling of pride but also disgust for living in a dodgy area.
A voice with both strength and soul. She graced the stage with high energy and vocal prowess that I couldn’t help but
attempt to singalong.
Jacob Banks just strolled on stage oozing with confidence knowing fully well just how good he looked. He sounded equally amazing. Captivating the crowd with one hell of a baritone voice reminiscent of soul and blues forming genre blending tunes ranging in flavour and texture.
My companion was instantly gushing over him. Honestly speaking he is one of the reasons I am still attached to men.
I picked up two crushes on that day.
Experienced on 14.07.2019