Jessie Ware - King Tut's, Glasgow, Wed 7 Nov 2012
Confident, anthemic soul-pop set from the sometime SBTRKT collaborator
It may only be the second date of her first ever solo tour but Jessie Ware’s relaxed chatter and friendly interactions with a sold-out King Tut's crowd reveal a singer at ease with performing. Gaining wider attention after contributing vocals to SBTRKT’s album Nervous, her debut single alongside the producer was actually released a year earlier on Glasgow’s very own Numbers label; a fact she acknowledges and gives thanks for tonight.
While Ware’s previous collaborations have seen her work more on upbeat, dance-orientated productions covering dubstep, house and garage, the sound of her Devotion album mixes pop with 80s soul, and she cites Feist, Prince and Chaka Khan as influences. Backed by a three-piece band, who deliver thick drums and fat guitar licks, she triggers her own backing vocals and effects, her voice easily filling the room as she sings lyrics of love and longing, with ‘Swansong’ truly emphasising its power. All smiles, Jessie seemed to be truly enjoying her set, at one point asking for the lights to go up so she could 'see what her fans looked like' and later, when bringing it to a close with ‘No To Love’, ‘Running’ and the anthemic ‘Wildest Moments’, it was easy to understand why, with tracks of this quality, the singer should have such confidence.