Hollie Cook - Live At Barfly, London

Young reggae singer impresses...
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Let’s ignore her family for a second, shall we? Sure, Hollie Cook’s father may be a Sex Pistol and her mum was a stellar musician to boot but the London artist has more than enough talent to stand on her own two feet.

Which is, perhaps, an understatement. Live, Hollie Cook’s graceful touch is deeply evident with her soulful vocals floating on top of some rock hard rhythms. Backed by a tight-as-hell outfit, the London artist’s material comes skanking out of the speakers at the Barfly, matching a dance-worthy spring to material that can pull at the heartstrings.

The set focusses on mainly on her debut album, produced by the eccentric studio magician Prince Fatty. Buoyant on record, Hollie Cook’s personality beams out onstage with tracks like ‘Walking In The Sand’ taking on a gloriously tropical touch.

Always moving forward, Hollie Cook recently paired off with Prince Fatty once again. Their new collaboration ‘And The Beat Goes On’ is ushered forward, and seems to superbly match the sweltering heat outside. Sure, it’s reggae – born in the Jamaican soundsystems – but it feels right for this city, this climate.

With the packed Barfly skanking the evening away, there was never any question of Hollie Cook escaping offstage without an encore. Coaxed back out by her band, the affable singer seems flustered, almost embarrassed. She’s no need to be – after all, Hollie Cook has more than enough talent to stand on her own two feet.

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