O2 Ritz, Manchester
The US-influenced rap troupe induce a hail of flying drinks and weed smoke with their explosive tracks, but ultimately lack range
Listening to south London’s D Block Europe, you would be forgiven for thinking that the artist collective – led by the duo of Young Adz and Dirtbike LB – were American. Their silky beats, wavy melodies and creamy, intensely Auto-Tuned vocals all recall US trap music, an accomplished homage that took their independently released album Home Alone to No 6 in the UK charts last month.
As the collective fill the stage with a 10-plus crew (who mainly film the duo, who are occasionally joined by Lil Pino) their love of the genre is immediately underlined by an early outing of Gucci Mane, a track named after the trap pioneer. Played by their DJ through a giant system, it takes on a much tougher, vivacious, bass-heavy presence. It sets a tone for much of the evening – tracks that on record have slow grooves and subtly bouncy rhythms become beats that bite, snap and click.
D Block Europe review – London collective caught in trap cliches