Gramatik kicked off his Epigram Tour at PlayStation Theater this past Saturday, Feb. 20th, 2016. Those lucky enough to snag a ticket to the sold out performance were gifted an amazing live show and the chance to experience the new album, Epigram, in full. Gramatik knows his New York crowd and he delivered thusly.
Alexander Lewis and Sweater Beats provided some serious bass fodder for their opening performances and warmed up the fans for the main attraction. Once Gramatik and his guitarist, Andrew Block, took the stage the crowd lit up. Gramatik got into a groove immediately and invited Queens rapper, Adrian Lau, out for a few tracks which got everyone super hyped.
It’s safe to say that Epigram is going to be an amazing album as the music everyone was raging to touched upon numerous genres; 70s funk and soul meshed effortlessly with crunching French electro-esque beats with tons of hip hop influences for good measure. Throughout the night some Grizmatik tracks made a cameo, heavy, hard, bassy remixes of 90s hip-hop appeared, a tease of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” went down and my favorite moment of the night was an absolute beast of a remix of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” which had people getting out of their seats and swiftly dance-walking to the crowd to get in the groove. Familiar tracks like “Just Jammin’” were also segued into the set to the crowd’s delight.
A highlight of the night was when Orlando Napier came out and performed his vocals on “Native Son,” the first single off Epigram. It was a wonderful moment to experience the song live as that dude has some serious pipes and charisma.
I’ll jump at the opportunity to see Gramatik perform again as his skill in creating funk-infused, crystalline soundscapes is unmatched. The Epigram Tour continues through the US this Spring. Check out Gramatik at Mysterland in Bethel Woods, NY this June as I’m sure he’s going to throw down some heat. Be on the lookout for Epigram’s release this Spring and be sure to download Gramatik’s entire discography for free here.