In what has already been a standout year for Jorja Smith, there was no letting up as she continued to raise the bar in an incredible performance at her sold out show at Electric Brixton. We all know that her voice is unique, so it was no surprise that her vocals were flawless, but it was her versatility that stood out for me. In a performance that lasted just over an hour, she covered multiple genres including Jazz, Soul, R&B, House and Garage. Even putting her in those genre’s on their own doesn’t seem right as her music infuses so much more.
She began her set with Project 11 opener “Something in the Way” which was the perfect introduction, before performing her latest singles “Beautiful Little Fools” and “Teenage Fantasy”. Thea Gajic delivered her inspiring interlude for “Carry Me Home” before we were joined by Maverick Sabre for a beautiful duet.
Smith treated fans to some of her unreleased music and this is what epitomised her versatility. “Lost and Found” had a more jazzy feel to it and then Garage track “On My Mind” raised the energy level in the room, got the crowd out of being in awe and start to dance. More Life’s “Get It Together” followed and kept the energy levels up with the audience skanking out with her. The switching between different genres of music was effortless and she never seemed out of place on stage. It should also be noted that it wasn’t just her vocals that were impressive, it’s also the energy that she brings to the stage, dancing and parading as if she were at home.
The diversity of the audience in terms of age range highlights the quality and reach of her music, and with an ever growing fan base, Jorja Smith can only continue to grow to become one of the UK’s biggest stars. We’re excited to see what comes next.