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Concert review: Dirty Loops thrill, Natalie Cole disappoints

Published on Mar 2, 2014 1:45 PM

SWEDISH YouTube sensation Dirty Loops returned here on Friday for the Singapore International Jazz Festival with their happy-slappy disco vibe shot through with spiky syncopation. They were part of a double-bill with Natalie Cole at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands.

The trio are Jonah Nilsson (keyboads, lead vocals), him of the chiselled face and piercing falsetto; Henrik Linder (bass), all goth and solid musical sensibilities with his perky licks; and the unassuming Aaron Mellergardh, a powerhouse percussionist who carves out the band's big, sassy sound.

They caught the attention of legendary composer David Foster in 2011 with their torrid, thrashing rhythms and off-kilter covers of contemporary hits. Since then, their black-and-white YouTube sessions have drawn millions of views.

Not bad for a group which has yet to release its first album.

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