French phenom FKJ dazzles at Webster Hall [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: FKJ (FRENCH KIWI JUICE) @ WEBSTER HALL 3/23/17
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If Mozart played funk in the 21st century, he might sound almost as good as FKJ. The multi-instrumentalist Parisian, also known as French Kiwi Juice, is a rapidly rising star of the electronic and French House genres.
On March 23, 2017, FKJ filled both floors of New York City’s Webster Hall with supremely danceable layers of synths, funky basslines, and soulful grooves. Through an atmospheric haze of pulsing lights and fog, he moved between keyboards, guitars, and saxophone, performing songs from his new self-titled release as well as earlier EPs (check out this video for Skyline, with its Stranger Things vibe). Roche Musique label founder and artist Cezaire, along with Dabeull, DJed brilliant opening sets.
FKJ — Vincent Fenton to his friends — is barely in his 20s, though you wouldn’t guess it just listening to him weave a sophisticated combo of old-school R&B and hip-hop rhythms, interspersed with dazzling improvisation. There’s both assuredness and bold creativity in these textures, and a mellow, dreamy quality to his vocals.
For fans of The Internet, Frank Ocean, and Kaytranda — and even for novice initiates of French House — FKJ is a must-see artist of 2017. His tour continues on to Toronto and Montreal before looping back to the States for a run of east to west dates.
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Vivian is a Texas-raised, NYC-based photographer. She writes about critters by day and music by night. Find her on Instagram (@Lithophyte) and at www.LithophytePhoto.com.