Last Thursday we arrived at XOYO Shoreditch to see Zebra Katz & Njena Reddd Foxxx. Not knowing anything about the support act, promptly at 8.30 this amazing lady entered the stage with her super human drummer. We were totally and utterly captivated by the lady that goes by the name of MOKO.
MOKO, 21, opened the night with her track, ‘Summon The Strength”. The girl’s vocals are a mix of Adina Howard‘s power and Jessie Ware‘s smoothness; a perfect entrend recycled 90s vibe that we’d describe as electronic soul. Not only did MOKO sing like a pro, she’s pretty on the eye with her afropuff pig-tail plaits and she already knows how to work a stage with her signature dance moves. ‘Hand on Heart’ is going to make MOKO a star; you can imagine the club remix too.
MOKO is from New Cross in London and has just completed her degree at Goldsmiths Univeristy. She sang as a child at church and during her time at university started experimenting her voice with bands. She only has 2 videos (so far) and 4 songs (see her soundcloud).
‘Freeze’ is beautiful; it starts with a melancholy Jose Gonzalez ‘esque piano intro and then a Massive Attack ‘Teardrop’ beat kicks in. When the song gets a bit more uptempo the tune samples a slightly modernised beat from Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. MOKO’s vocals have a Mica Paris meets Soul 2 Soul vibe:
If you want to see MOKO, and you should, you can actually get free tickets to her headline gig at Electrowerkz in Islington on July 4th. All you need to do is register for tickets at http://billetto.co.uk/moko – but hurry because we’re sure they will run out fast!
Connect with MOKO:
- Zebra Katz going Mainstream? (whenmiparty.com)