KILO KISH and DISCLOSURE at the Hoxton, Thursday (April 11). Rating: NN
Woe the cliché, but the term "girl-crush" was invented for women like Kilo Kish. Her charm - demonstrated on her EPs and mixtape - lies in her trials-of-young-love lyrics and a concise, child-like delivery. She's groovy and funny and unselfconsciously honest. It makes you wonder how any of the boys she sings about could possibly not love her back.
This is an artist best seen in a room with a calm, peaceful intimacy. Unfortunately, her conversational hip-hop and experimental pop didn't transfer well to the Hoxton at 12:20 am.
She opened with her spin on Justin Timberlake's Suit & Tie and followed with Navy and Crosswire from her Homeschool EP. Her delivery lacked energy and her stage movement seemed sluggish.
A half-hearted version of Busboy ("Girls hate it when you don't respond/Girls hate it when you live with mom") had none of the recorded version's "oh-snap" zing.
At least her banter with the audience was gracious and good-natured, which is more than you could say about headliners Disclosure. The British electronic duo, standing behind their keyboards and mixers, delivered their brand of bass music with all the flair of an unflinching Royal Guard.
Band members - and brothers - Guy and Howard Lawrence are very young (Howard is still a teen) and have a sound that has a youthful zip, harkening back to 90s R&B, garage and hip-hop. Their soulful, consistently peppy songs defy you to stand still, so it was disappointing to find myself bored halfway through.