Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Tokio Myers, the producer come pianist that mesmerised the nation and is renown for winning entertainment competition Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. Having amassed a meteoric fan base, bodies flooded every vein in the O2 Institute’s confined structure. Like a clot, the cellular like audience stuck together to get a glimpse of the artist who was encaged around an architecture of instruments.

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His addictive sound is like nothing on the market, and the London lad’s rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream & Debussy’s Clair De Lune achieved a well-deserved hype that has seen the artist explode onto the scene releasing his debut album “Our Generation” and treating fans to his first UK tour.

Labelled as a composer, his music is like that of a painting, never precisely replicated, emotionally illustrative and completely unique.

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An intense eerie hum filled the venue whilst projections glazed over the reflective surfaces of the instruments on stage. Tokio ignited the set with trap styled beats on a plethora of electric drums and Swiss cheese cymbal clashes on track ‘Mercy’.

Haloed in white get up, the cutting-edge instrumental track of ‘To Be Loved’ is body encompassing and although no real lyrical substance it absorbed your every nerve in its purity.

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Synth and drums pulsated through us like a tsunami in track ‘Lotus Flower’, whilst an instantly recognisable ‘Children’ (by the late Robert Miles) is a climactic track that sent a flurry of yellow lights into spasm as if about to have a power cut.

The revolutionary amalgamation of classical piano come drum and bass, is a gripping melody like that of Ludovico Einaudi come Rudimental and Moby, balanced together in an idyllic chaos. Re-constructed ‘Bloodstream’ was even better live, as a red hue filtered over the musician and kit whilst flowing veins trickled over a projection backdrop.

A short interval allowed Tokio to mount his piano and take a breath for a Kendrick Lamar styled BRIT moment, as the musician seemed to drift off into a meditative state.

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Evidently influenced by artists from an array of areas, from classical to cinematic hip-hop, dance and 90s soul, these music genres have shaped the artist into and producer and musician creating inventive re-workings and hypnotic compositions completely new to our ears.

A stunningly emotive ‘Angel’ (originally by The Weeknd) begins with an inspiring decelerated piano and completes the set leaving the audience in total awe and admiration.

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Time-stopping, elating musical fusions make Tokio a futuristic thinker, if it seems unimaginable he’ll imagine it. Adapting a new category for music, be sure to keep him on your playlists.

Youthful support trio, Petrie, kick-started the night with an electrifying medley of indie pop vocals alongside blended percussion and guitar – a fantastic start to an evening of refreshingly niche vibes.

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