Although a Brighton native, Elli Ingram doesn’t often play here. Speaking to us just before the show, she told us it’s because she wants every hometown show to be special, and to be able to give everything to her crowd – and she wasn’t kidding. Her performance was a moving return to a loving audience, where, straddling soul, jazz and hip-hop, she delivered an exceptional rendition of her debut album Love You Really.
Last year Elli Ingram dropped the Sober EP on the market, and the market reacted very favourably, a spotlight suddenly being shown on this teenage Brighton prodigy, particularly via the excellent video and imagery of Mad Love, which depicted Ingram as an older looking, spooky looking suburbanite, wrestling with the demons of over indulgence and ‘mad love’. With some very natural vocal chops that takes a little bit of Adele, a pinch of Amy Winehouse, plenty of old school r’n’b inflections, and which overlays some startlingly inventive production work courtesy of Felix Joseph and Aston Rudi, Ingram has the the ingredients to become a home grown r’n’b starlet. Furthermore, and judging by her recent performance in Brighton’s newest live venue, The Bermuda Triangle, the sounds created here are being translated into a full band set up, a groovy and very capable r’nb, funk and soul outfit.