Koreless - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 9 Oct 2011
The youthful, bright-eyed dubstepper takes centre-stage at Sneaky's
Lewis Roberts may only be just about old enough to attend a club, but judging by this appearance he certainly understands what’s required to keep the customers satisfied. Still in his teens, this Glasgow-based Welshman has patented a form of lazy, low-slung electronica on his somewhat obliquely titled 12-inch single, ‘4D/MTI’ [listen below], awash with stop-start twitchy-fingered glitches and sampled divas that sounds designed for the playroom. Live, Roberts somewhat wisely cranks things up a bit, lest anyone think they’re at a groovily soundtracked dinner party where people think it’s okay to talk over the music. Some still do anyway, but they’re twats.
The novelty here is having Roberts perform behind his laptop on a stage mounted in the centre of the dancefloor, thus creating an in-the-round experience hitherto unexplored in Sneaky Petes’ bijou interior. As Roberts mixes and matches an array of beats and twinkles flanked by dancers on all four sides during a 40-minute set, a very up close and personal wig-out ensues, especially when a few show-offs take to the venue’s regular stage. The Koreless sound is a quietly commercial one, and Roberts could easily translate his appositely bright-eyed brand of dubstep to a full-on band situation. It worked for Moby.