Alex Nemmy, Thursday 20 July, The Dome at Station Hill
Review by Samantha Bessant
From the moment we were called to our places in The Dome at Station Hill for Alex Nemmy to start, it was clear that this was to be a performance packed with energy. Sure you expect that from a hip-hop act but you’ve probably underestimated just how much it’ll hit you in the face with this act.
For the most-part, Alex Nemmy is joined by co-performer NSG and if Nemmy is energetic, NSG’s enthusiasm is off the chart. It works brilliantly well when combined with his cheeky grin. The two performers have clearly worked hard to pull together a really polished performance, which deserves a bigger crowd than they had on my visit – not that they seemed too bothered by that, they projected enough energy for a crowd of thousands!
This isn’t just a happy-go-lucky pair sharing beats and lyrics though, this is a well thought out, honest and raw show. Nemmy shares some poignant moments in his life through what he calls his “stories” and it’s during one of these heart-felt tracks that vocalist Louise de la Harpe makes her cameo. Her appearance on the stage lends an altogether gentler angle to the story and she’s certainly got the voice to take on bigger roles in future.
You have to hear Nemmy’s lyrics to fully understand the beauty of his word craft; for me the “stories” were like listening to epic poems which had been given just the right intonation and tempo to deliver their full power. I felt the highs and lows and by the time Nemmy announced we were done with the stories and moving on to a Grime 101, I was ready. I was desperate for a break into something a bit more upbeat and light-hearted and boy did Nemmy and NSG deliver.
The Grime 101 is fantastic. It’s exactly what you’d be caught car-dancing to at traffic lights if you had it blasting out of your 6×9’s! From thereon out, it’s party-time all the way and you’ll even find NSG leading the way with Nemmy off-stage for one track. When they’re re-united you can expect some extreme rapping; I don’t know exactly how many words per minute NSG can throw out to the crowd but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s a higher number than I can count to!
The show wraps with what Nemmy describes as his fan fave, ‘Freedom.’ I can see why it’s favourite, it puts a smile on your face and the lyrics are incredibly catchy. It was a great way to end the night but it would also be a great way to get everyone up and running at the beginning.