I Am Hip Hop Magazine are always appreciative of music that is not afraid to break out of the safe zone by being unapologetic with their sound. After hearing Emotional Oranges’ debut project, The Juice: Vol. I, we instantly could tell that the duo are not shy to express themselves sonically and mentally.
We jumped at the chance to see the groovy, R&B group perform their first gig in the UK last week. This concert was part their Chill Baby, Chill tour of North America and Europe, which is also their first performing tour. The Los Angeles based outfit brought a uniquely vibrant experience right from the start with energetic performances from their moving album.
The identity of the leading duo has remained elusive to date, with the lead lady championing Daft Punk inspired headwear as she entered the stage. Her powerful voice was enough to grip the the audience as the sold out XOYO crowd were sent into to a soulful frenzy with their song, Motion. The male lead soon joined his band mate, complementing her with his more smoother tones, offering a perfect melodic balance backed by an unmatched groovy bass.
The performance took a more warming turn as the band performed their softer track, Corners Of My Mind. This mood was accompanied by a welcomed surprise set of old school renditions. Ja Rule & Ashanti’s Always on Time was covered in the most honourable way possible before Cassie’s Me & U was also paid tribute to.
The group brought the night back to their project with classy renditions of their tunes, Good To Me and Built That Way. The crowd were left chanting “OE, OE, OE” before the group thanked their band members and the fans. The performers walked off the stage for the hyped crowd to chant “encore”. The band duly responded by coming out to a huge ovation once again. They chose their last performance to be of their one of their leading tracks, Personal. This was the perfect choice to end the night with its massively uplifting vibe.
We are so glad to be part of the inauguration of this fascinating collective as they are set to become major players within the R&B scene. We will definitely be keeping an eye out for their future projects and their next tour this side of the pond.
The Juice: Vol. I is available now on all popular streaming platforms. Follow Emotional Oranges on Instagram.
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