Billed as a Clown & Sunset Showcase, the star of the show was undoubtedly the label’s boss Nicolas Jaar. More than 3,000 fans packed into Camden’s Roundhouse for his live performance, and were repaid with an engrossing set of finely-crafted electronica with a splash of live guitar.
Arriving at The Roundhouse the air of anticipation was apparent. People were eagerly queuing to get inside, even an hour-and-a-half before Jaar was due on stage. The early arrivals got the chance to see Clown & Sunset’s Soul Keita and Acid Pauli, the latter warming the crowd with a progressive house set that provided evidence Jaar’s latest signing echoes his philosophy of finely-honed electronic music. Acid Pauli’s eerie rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” rounded off a 90-minute set of audio journeying nicely and, by now, the main circular space of the Roundhouse was heaving with glowsticks spied in the middle of the packed mass. The scene was set for Nicolas Jaar to take to the stage.
Jaar is on the crest of a wave right now.
Stood surrounded by two keyboards, a laptop, microphone and synth pad, edged into his set with subtle electronic flavours as he eased into his stride. Taking to the microphone to add his vocals over the melodic beats, his sumptuous debut album Space Is Only Noise came alive and he scored one of a series of cheers from the crowd when he dropped his latest release “With Just One Glance You” featuring Scout LaRue Willis. Jaar’s delightfully minimal house tones stepped up a notch when he introduced a guitar player in the second part of his main set to add an extra dimension to his sound – a feat that sent fans into wave after wave of adoration and ensured the sold out Roundhouse welcomed him back for a lively encore with huge applause. The man is on the crest of a wave right now and he’s set his stall out early this year – and if he continues on this form, he’ll have wowed the critics all over again come December.