Reviewed: RÜFÜS DU SOL at Printworks
As far as live acts go, it takes a lot to parallel the likes of Aussie starlets RÜFÜS DU SOL. An electronic trio with more Spotify streams than you shake a stick at, naturally, the hype carries with it an air of intense expectation.
Let’s say this; you don’t go about getting a Mixmag cover if you’re any old Tom, Dick or Harry and we were swiftly reminded of exactly why they are a formidably pioneering force within the live electronic scene.
Printworks have gone hell for leather with their programming across this Autumn/Winter season, bringing groundbreaking live artists like Bicep and Skepta among others to the table.
The former, a statement that has resonated with the emergence of standout acts like RÜFÜS DU SOL has firmly cemented the venue’s intentions to carry on with their reputation of being London’s premier live club space.
After their North American tour, the trio made their descent upon London with clear intentions. Taking their ‘Solace’ album tour across the pond to a hugely well-received crowd; the RÜFÜS DU SOL boys effortlessly stepped up to the plate to deliver a performance that will see them placed comfortably within the ranks of top live shows within the big smoke this side of Christmas!
First of all, can we take a second to point out something hugely important?
The choice of support acts for this show were Zola Blood and Icarus. And when we say there couldn’t have been a better choice, we don’t mean that lightly. It was almost like a reconstruction of RÜFÜS DU SOL being put together piece by piece in the run-up to the final product. What a remarkable bit of programming, we haven’t seen support acts set the mood like that for a long time!
Reeling off tracks from their latest album (along with some past fan favourites), the trio held the crowd in their palm from the outset; starting mellow and slowly working their way towards more emotive, driving numbers. The unmistakable combination of Tyrone’s intense vocals, Jon’s melodic prowess and James’ supplemental rhythms is something that has carved its path within the electronic music industry in recent years. It’s easy to see why they have carried such an incredible amount of momentum over the years along with countless nominations and receipt of awards; their ability to captivate a crowd is nothing short of astonishing.
There were a few standout moments throughout their hour and a half set; all equally met with the same level of enthusiasm by the crowd. Two of the critical points of the night being their performances of ‘Treat You Better’ and of course the hugely-popular ‘Underwater’; in my opinion, these are two of their most melodically complex and emotive tracks, along with being two of their best.
We will say this, however, as much as Printworks is an excellent venue for club events, it still lacks that little bit of acoustic quality when it comes to live electronic acts. That may be down to the sheer size and shape of the venue, along with its treatment and the structural elements of the space which is something that can only be helped so far. That said, it is still up there with the best of the best, and the level of production potential is insane.
If we were to break it down into granular detail, we would be here for days upon end, but simply put; it was one of those occasions in which you had to be there to absorb the full gravity of the situation.
In summary, the show didn’t disappoint at all. We were expecting a lot, and RÜFÜS DU SOL delivered, effortlessly!