Thanks to Daft Punk’s 2013 record Random Access Memories, disco music has been undergoing a renaissance as of late. Between new music from Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers, and Chromeo and Todd Terje finally getting the recognition they deserve, it’s hard to see how it can get any better for the genre. The answer of course lies with the infectious post-disco-80s-RnB of Ekkah. Ekkah’s music represents a wonderful marriage of vintage grooves and more modern sounds that, whatever the weather, will have you imagining yourself out on Venice Beach drinking rum until your legs go numb. Tonight, Ekkah bring this fantasy to life in the basement of the Sunflower Lounge, and by the end, even the coldest of hearts find themselves melting under the sheer heat of the funk.
Live, the band are a cohesive and tightly-polished unit, with their drummer and bassist working in perfect unison to allow the guitarist to serve up the wonderful Rodgers-esque chords that create the meat of the groove. Coupled with the best use of a saxophone solo since George Michael’s Careless Whisper, this ensures that Ekkah’s performance makes for one of the greatest live shows this side of the 70s. However, where the band really come alive is in the inescapable chemistry of its two front women, with it being easy to see that these two have been friends and playing music together for a very long time. From the choreography that flecks the set with little moments of charm to the fact that Last Chance to Dance is about their love affair with Birmingham’s very own Snobs, the duo’s passion and soul is what is truly inspiring about a live Ekkah performance. If you haven’t seen them yet, you owe it to yourself to do so as soon as possible.
Words: Matthew Burdon