South London hip hop star Loyle Carner stepped into Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth show for the first time this week, showing off the lyrical finesse that has made his debut LP Yesterday’s Gone one of the early tips for 2017’s best album awards. Effortlessly delivering pearls of wisdom strung together with a long, winding flow, the young MC delivered a masterclass in real talk with liquid bars bound with metronomic accuracy, masterfully throwing down rhymes over an instrumental from Nas’ “Film” before moving on to the beats to “Sometimes” by Kano and Klashnekoff.
Coming off the back of a successful first album, Loyle has a big year ahead, and will be playing plenty of shows over the coming months. Sunday 12th February sees him in Bristol for a set at Motion, whilst the end of March will take him to Andorra for Horizon Festival, with further festival performances at Parklife Festival, Tramlines and Outlook Festival this summer.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Jack Davison