hmv.com reviews… Dizraeli and the Small Gods @ The Great Escape
Dizraeli and the Small Gods – British purveyors of live hip-hop infused with jazz and folk
The Spigeltent – Old Steine Gardens, Brighton @ The Great Escape
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The Spigeltent was at full capacity, but luckily this pop-up venue is spacious enough that there was still plenty of room for the crowd to get their groove on, and they did. The band’s drummer was knocking out the kind of funky beats you’d associate with Questlove of The Roots and there were more than a few heads nodding.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
This 7-piece outfit are a lively bunch on stage and their music blends Dizraeli’s rapping with double bass, violin and drums, with the band’s DJ Downlow decked out in a snazzy kimono-style number that made him look like he was about to go 12 rounds with one of the Klitschko brothers. Their 30-minute set rattled through a range of styles and the music was reminiscent of The Roots and Soweto Kinch, with an added folky, almost Eastern-influenced vibe on tracks like ‘Million Miles’ and ‘Never Mind’.
Any good between song banter?
Rapper Dizraeli has a natural rapport with an audience and was getting some crowd participation going during an amazing rendition of ‘Moving In The Dark’, everyone dutifully obliged with some well-timed shouting.
Did they put on much of a show?
There was a lot of conversation with the audience throughout and everyone was getting really into their set pretty much from the get-go.
What was the highlight of the set?
There was some successful crowd surfing from Dizraeli at the end of the set’s closer, which went down well with the audience and, incredibly, ended without injury.
Where can I catch them next?
They’ll all be at Scala in London on Thursday June 5th, but you’ll be able to catch sets featuring just Dizreali and Downlow on 30th May at The Hootenanny in Brixton, as well as the day after at Sunrise Celebration in on May 31st.