Giraffage delivers spellbinding London performance as part of ‘Too Real’ tour

Although the day had typically been a wet one for the city, it was time to descend upon London’s Jazz Cafe for the night, as Giraffage’s ‘Too Real’ European tour stop was bound to inject some brighter rays into the day’s mood.

Bringing something different to the usual scenes celebrated on the venue’s stage, US duo Hotel Garuda were also on the bill, ready to perform to UK audiences, after building quite the following for themselves back in the States.

Supporting the music record producer on the UK leg of his tour, the crowd were really receptive, as the pair made up of Manila Killa and Candleweather, warmed up the crowd with floor fillers including Yaeji’s ‘raingirl’ and Camelphat and Elderbrook’s ‘Cola’. Proving to set the standard for the crowd revellers out on a school night, much to the crowd’s delight, the duo brought their set to an explosive ending with Bicep’s ‘Glue’.


Now those who step through the doors of Jazz Cafe are often used to the sounds of acoustic and jazz sets flowing through the air, but on this occasion it was nice to see ticket holders embrace the midweek sounds of electronica pumping through the iconic London venue.

After a brief intermission, it was time for the man of the moment to hit the stage and further bring what he describes as the ‘best music he’s ever written’ to life. Making an impression with his down to earth presence, complete with his personal body of work and engaging visuals to match, all eyes remained on Giraffage – aka Charlie Yin – as he dropped stand out tracks from his debut release. These included the lead single ‘Slowly’, which perfectly went on to be mixed into the album’s opening track, ‘Do U Want Me’.

With the crowd eager to know what track he was about to drop next and pondering what direction the set was about to take, Giraffage took it back to his early days, as he went on to play an unexpected but welcomed medley of RnB and Hip Hop classics. Putting a spin on things in only a way he knows how, synth choruses and speedy basslines took hold of the venue, with day one fans of the producer being transported back to 2012, as the familiar genres were reminiscent of the way in which Giraffage was first introduced to the scene six years ago.


Overall the opportunity to hear the Too Real album as a live experience had audience members met with the infectious blend of 80’s Japanese House music, Contemporary RnB, and Pop sounds that make up the modern sound this groundbreaking artist has captivated ears with since his debut release last year.

As the crowd were left pumped and made their way home, looking back on the footage captured throughout the night, it was onto the next one for Giraffage, as he continues with his 14 date tour. It’s clear to see future tour locations are certainly in for a treat.

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.