Having postponed their Toast to Our Differences tour earlier this year, the East London lads didn’t disappoint fans when they landed in Perth on the weekend, bringing a fresh spin to their electro-pop, reggae-esque beats. From the school yard to the global stage the four producers and musicians have grown in musical prowess, melding genres together through an array of instruments. Joining Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Leon Rolle (DJ Locksmith) and Amir Amor, Ghana-born Bridgette Amofah and fresh-faced 2016 Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, Morgan Connie Smith, brought feminine swag, whilst world-class trumpet player Mark Crown and renowned keeper of beats Beanie lifted their live performance with individual flair.
No instrument or role leads any one of the ensemble’s songs. Instead, the music allows each musician space to express their own voice and identity—whether that be through the jazzy trumpet solos, distinct synth riffs, rolling electric guitar or bold vocals.
Rudimental’s music is more than just beats to rave too—though their earlier tune Rumour Mill transcended me back to my teenage years—it’s about feeling alive and the power that comes from living life in the moment.
The divine goddesses graced the front stage several times throughout the night. The hair-raising vocals from Bridgette Amofah for Free were elevated by the underlying bass and the gospel choir-like harmonies. Morgan Connie Smith and Leon Rolle (DJ Locksmith) took to centre-stage, bouncing to the reggae melody of Let Me Live—a gesture of both women being empowered by one another in song.
A crowd favourite, the feel-good title track of their latest record shouted a powerful message of “live let live”, alluded to subtly throughout the album. Unlike the drum N bass sounds that precede their latest record, Toast to Our Differences explores social and cultural themes bringing a unique sound influenced by the members’ heritage. Though these experiences are wholly their own, they resonate with multiracial audiences because the struggles spoken about are not exclusive but completely human on varying levels.
The varied tempo of Beanie’s drums in Summer Love ebbed and flowed building to climatic levels controlling how the audience moved like marionettes. The dream like vocals floated over the top of the marching drum beat meeting the electronic dance feel of the synth Rudimental is famous for.
The raving crowd ceased when acting MC, Piers rose his hands in a heart-shaped formation, instantly reflected by the concertgoers whose anticipation grew for the song that started it all. Feel the Love launched the ensemble from a few thousand UK punters ‘party’ playlists to global stardom in 2012. Distinguished by the trumpet solo appearing halfway through the track, Mark Crown didn’t disappoint with an extended melody melting into chants of “one more song” before the band had properly exited the stage.
An encore of Waiting All Night belted out by Amofah and Rolle gave the crowds that final spur of energy to pump them up ready for a Friday night of house beats at their local nightclub.