We're not sure how we feel about the amount of time they've spent with Olly Murs over the past twelve months, but there's no denying that Rizzle Kicks are damn good at doing what they do.
The Brighton duo have the market cornered when it comes to lightweight pop-rap. Their couldn't-care-less, boisterous attitude is refreshing in a world where more and more pop artists are wearing earnest neckerchiefs and banging on about their music as if they were repainting the roof of the Sistine Chapel.
Rizzle Kicks are trying to repaint nothing. Their stage show has all the apparent professionalism of two mates dicking around in front of several thousand fans, dressed casually and effortlessly conversational with the audience. And therein lies the genius. These guys have toured their show across the UK over the past few weeks, and at their London date, still manage to make the performance feel fresh and unrehearsed. Plus, they're so damn likeable, and talented, that it's impossible to begrudge them a thing - least of all the screaming teens that pack the Shepherds Bush Empire. Needless to say, neither Rizzle will go without sex for a very long time.
Opening with debut release 'Prophet', the singles are the inevitable highlights of the night, and while they don't yet have quite enough killer tunes to fill an hour+ headline show yet, (it sags slightly in the latter part) their energy and enthusiasm more than make up for any lack of material. Padding comes from the band playing classic tracks - such Inspector Gadget and James Bond theme tunes while the boys jump, dance and lark about on stage. They do the same with White Stipes 'Seven Nation Army'. It must be open season on the track - BLAME MARCUS BLOODY COLLINS.
The show (pre-encore) closes with the boys recent Top Ten hit 'Mama Do The Hump', which not only features a guest appearance from Harry Hill but one of the Rizzle Kicks mums, who does indeed 'do the hump' on stage.
There's no depth here. There's no art. What Rizzle Kicks excel in instead is brilliant, carefree pop and the duo are certainly two of the most likeable chaps in pop. Great stuff.