September 26, 2016

By Melanie Kangalee

Ta-ku | Click for source

Hailing from Australia, Ta-ku (Regan Matthews), played his first Vancouver show at the Vogue on Monday night.

Though he lacks commercial visibility, Ta-ku has a cult like following. By the time the first opener HWLS went on stage, the crowd was packed with eager, adoring eyes. HWLS got the crowd standing and bobbing their heads with a bass heavy, downtempo set.

Featured on artists like Goldlink’s tracks, Masego was the next opener and arguably stole the show. Only twenty-two, he’s curated a new genre, trap house jazz. The set was fresh, lively, crowd reviving and LIT. Singing live, while looping drums and keys, Masego was mesmerizing with the sax. He promised to drop knowledge and did, when he displayed his foundation in classic jazz with his sample selection. The talented musician was a charismatic entertainer. At the break, the crowd buzzed with Masego fever.

Ta-ku took the stage, placed with live keys, drums, and of course, a giant screen for tripped out visuals.  Opening with I Miss You from EP Songs to Break Up To, Ta-ku told the crowd to prepare for an emotional journey. The entire set remained in rhythmic downtempo. Fellow Aussie, and muse, Wafia, joined him halfway. Their vocal chemistry was evident on tracks like Treading Water, even when Ta-ku apologized for missing a few notes. Accompanied by ferocious, live drums and playful keys, Ta-ku remained a humble part of the collective, triggering electronic pulses and laying soulful vocals. 

Well worth the wait, Vancouver.