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The 26 Best of “A Colors Show” Performances: A Journey Through Musical Brilliance.

Kono Vidovic February 19, 2024 286 14 5


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As a curator, DJ, and a passionate advocate for musical diversity at the helm of Dirty Disco, my love for music transcends genres. While the podcast and magazine may predominantly celebrate the electronic spectrum, my personal ethos and our collective spirit at Dirty Disco embrace the entire musical universe. This boundless appreciation for all forms of music is why “A Colors Show” holds a special place in my heart. It’s a platform that echoes our philosophy: music knows no boundaries, no genres. It’s about the raw, unfiltered expression of emotion, creativity, and innovation.

“A Colors Show” is a vibrant canvas that showcases the vast diversity of global musical talent, offering a minimalist stage that magnifies the essence of the artist and their message. This simplicity in presentation, focusing solely on the performer and their craft, is a powerful reminder of what we stand for at Dirty Disco. Here, music, in its most pure and unadulterated form, takes center stage, inviting listeners to experience the artistry and narratives woven into every note and lyric. This approach, stripping back to the essentials to spotlight the music itself, resonates deeply with me. It’s a testament to the belief that when you peel away the labels and the genres, what remains is the universal language of music, a language that we celebrate, explore, and cherish in every beat we play and every story we tell at Dirty Disco.

What is “A Colors Show”?

“A Colors Show” is an innovative German online music platform that has swiftly risen to prominence for its distinctive approach to showcasing musical talent from around the globe. Launched with the vision of stripping back the frills of traditional music performances, it places artists in a minimalist setting a simple, monochromatic background that shifts color with each new act. This unique format draws the viewer’s full attention to the artist and their performance, emphasizing the music above all else.

At its core, “A Colors Show” is about celebrating the essence of the artist’s creativity and voice. Each episode features a single performer, standing alone, delivering their song directly to the camera. This intimate setup invites viewers into a personal encounter with the music, fostering a deep connection between the artist and their audience. The platform has become renowned for its eclectic mix of artists, ranging from emerging talents to established names across various genres, including hip-hop, R&B, indie, jazz, and more. It’s this diversity that has made “A Colors Show” a beloved destination for music lovers seeking to discover new sounds and artists who might not yet have a platform on mainstream media.

Beyond its role as a performance space, “A Colors Show” has evolved into a cultural phenomenon, influencing music trends and propelling artists to new heights of recognition and success. Its minimalist aesthetic, combined with the high-quality production of both audio and visuals, has set a new standard for online music content, making it a pivotal platform for artists looking to make a significant impact with their music.

Music knows no boundaries, no genres. It’s about the raw, unfiltered expression of emotion, creativity, and innovation.

Criteria for selection of the best “A Colors Show” performances.

In curating this list, I leaned into my years of experience behind the turntables and in front of eager audiences, searching for performances that transcend the ordinary. Vocal prowess, originality, and an undeniable emotional impact were my guiding stars. Each artist chosen has not only captured the hearts of millions worldwide but has also used the Colors stage to etch an indelible mark on the music industry. These are performances that, in my eyes, redefine genres, challenge conventions, and showcase the boundless possibilities of musical storytelling.

Top performances overview.

Navigating through the rich tapestry of “A Colors Show,” I was drawn to performances that struck a chord within me, echoing the diverse and vibrant sounds we champion at Dirty Disco. Jorja Smith’s “Blue Lights” isn’t just a song; it’s a haunting reflection on societal issues, wrapped in a melody that lingers long after the last note. On the other end of the spectrum, TOBi’s “Flowers” offers a raw, introspective look into the soul of an artist grappling with growth and self-realization. This selection of the 26 best A Colors Show performances is a mosaic of genres and emotions, a testament to the eclectic and inclusive spirit of “A Colors Show.”

Jorja Smith – Blue Lights.

Jorja Smith (also here in a Tiny Desk concert), with her ethereal voice, takes us on a journey through the complexities of perception and prejudice. Watching her perform “Blue Lights” on the minimalist Colors stage, I was reminded of the power of music to provoke thought and stir emotions, a principle we hold dear at Dirty Disco.

Mahalia – Sober.

Mahalia’s “Sober” is a masterclass in storytelling. Her performance, imbued with vulnerability and strength, showcases the universal struggle with heartbreak and healing. It’s the kind of soul-stirring experience that we, at Dirty Disco, live for.

TOBi – Flowers.

TOBi brings a refreshing authenticity to the Colors canvas with “Flowers.” His lyrical dexterity and the raw emotion he pours into every verse speak volumes about the journey of self-discovery. It’s a performance that resonates on a personal level, embodying the introspective and transformative power of music.

Masego – Navajo.

Masego’s “Navajo” is a vibrant tapestry of sound, blending genres with the ease of a seasoned maestro. His multi-instrumental talent shines on the Colors stage, offering a performance that is both visually and sonically captivating. Masego’s artistry is a reminder of music’s boundless nature, a celebration of fusion and innovation that resonates deeply with our ethos at Dirty Disco.

Haute – Shut Me Down.

The duo Haute, with their track “Shut Me Down,” delivers a sultry and smooth performance that embodies the essence of modern soul. Their synergy on stage, paired with the sleek production, creates an atmosphere that’s both intimate and electrifying. It’s the kind of sound that pulls you closer, echoing the intimate nights at Dirty Disco where the music envelops you completely.

Cleo Sol – Why Don’t You.

Cleo Sol’s “Why Don’t You” is an ode to the timeless beauty of soul music. Her voice, rich and emotive, flows over the minimalist backdrop with grace and power. This performance is a reminder of music’s ability to speak to the heart directly, to comfort and to empower. Cleo Sol brings to the Colors stage a piece of the soulful heritage that inspires every playlist at Dirty Disco.

GOLDLINK – Rough Soul (feat. April George).

GOLDLINK‘s “Rough Soul” is a journey through the landscapes of hip-hop and soul, guided by his lyrical prowess and April George’s haunting melodies. The collaboration is a seamless blend of energy and emotion, capturing the dynamic spirit of collaboration we love to champion at Dirty Disco. It’s a performance that bridges genres and generations, encapsulating the essence of musical exploration.

Tom Misch – It Runs Through Me.

Tom Misch’s (Also known by us as Supershy) “It Runs Through Me” is a jubilant celebration of jazz-infused rhythms and melodies. His performance is a masterclass in musicianship, showcasing his ability to blend intricate guitar work with effortless groove. Watching Tom on the Colors stage is like witnessing a musical alchemy; it’s the kind of creative inspiration we thrive on at Dirty Disco.

George The Poet & Maverick Sabre – Follow The Leader.

George The Poet and Maverick Sabre’s collaboration on “Follow The Leader” is a powerful narrative wrapped in soulful melodies and poignant lyrics. Their performance is a call to consciousness, blending spoken word with musical storytelling in a way that challenges and inspires. This piece resonates deeply with the ethos of Dirty Disco, where music is more than sound—it’s a movement, a dialogue aimed at fostering understanding and change.

Parcels – Lightenup.

Parcels’ “Lightenup” is a disco-infused joyride, brimming with funky grooves and infectious energy. Their performance captures the essence of a night out at Dirty Disco lively, vibrant, and utterly unforgettable. Watching Parcels, you’re reminded of the power of music to bring people together, to create moments of unadulterated joy and connection on the dance floor. You can also find Parcels and many of the other artists in some of the best KEXP live performances.

Lianne La Havas – Bittersweet.

Lianne La Havas’ “Bittersweet” is an emotional odyssey, her soul-stirring vocals and heartfelt lyrics weaving a narrative of renewal and resilience. Her performance is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability, a theme that resonates deeply within the walls of Dirty Disco. La Havas invites us to feel, to heal, and to emerge stronger, echoing our belief in music as a catalyst for personal transformation.

HONNE – Warm On A Cold Night.

HONNE’s “Warm On A Cold Night” is like a sonic embrace, its smooth electronic beats and comforting lyrics enveloping you in a sense of warmth and intimacy. This performance captures the essence of those late-night moments at Dirty Disco, where the world outside fades away, and all that remains is the music and the connection it fosters. It’s a reminder of music’s ability to create spaces of safety and belonging.

Pip Millett – Make Me Cry.

Pip Millett’s “Make Me Cry” is a beautifully raw expression of heartache and vulnerability. Her performance, delivered with striking emotional depth, speaks to the universal experience of love and loss. At Dirty Disco, we treasure these moments of authenticity, where music serves as a bridge between the artist’s heart and our own, reminding us that we’re not alone in our feelings.

FKJ – Us.

FKJ’s “Us” is a mesmerizing display of musical genius, blending elements of jazz, soul, and electronic music into a seamless, immersive experience. Watching FKJ is like witnessing a live painting session, where each stroke is a note, and the canvas is the listener’s soul. It’s performances like these that embody the spirit of exploration and innovation at Dirty Disco, where every note played is a journey into the unknown.

Sunni Colón – Mornin Dew.

Sunni Colón’s “Mornin Dew” captures the essence of a new dawn, its smooth, soulful vibes offering a musical representation of hope and new beginnings. His performance is a gentle reminder of the power of music to heal and uplift, a sentiment that pulses through the heart of Dirty Disco. It’s a sonic reflection of those early morning hours when the night gives way to light, and the music still lingers in the air.

Little Dragon – Another Lover.

Little Dragon‘s “Another Lover” is an exploration of love’s complexity, delivered through their unique blend of electronic and soul. Yukimi Nagano’s ethereal vocals, combined with the band’s innovative soundscapes, create a performance that’s both haunting and beautiful. At Dirty Disco, we live for these moments of musical alchemy, where sound and emotion intertwine to tell stories that touch the soul and inspire the heart.

Fatoumata Diawara – Nterini.

Fatoumata Diawara’s “Nterini” is a poignant tale of love and longing, brought to life through her powerful voice and mesmerizing stage presence. Her performance is a bridge between traditional Malian music and the global stage, highlighting the universal language of music. Fatoumata’s artistry is a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries, embodying the global spirit that Dirty Disco embraces.

Loyle Carner – Ice Water.

Loyle Carner’s “Ice Water” captures the essence of introspective hip-hop, with its honest lyrics and laid-back beat. His performance is a window into his soul, offering a raw and unfiltered look at his vulnerabilities. Loyle’s authenticity is what sets him apart, resonating with the intimate and genuine experiences we value at Dirty Disco.

Noah Slee – Lips.

Noah Slee’s “Lips” is an exploration of electronic soul, with its smooth vocals and pulsating beat creating an immersive sonic experience. His performance on the Colors stage is a testament to the power of electronic music to evoke emotion, blending the digital with the human in a way that captivates and moves. It’s a modern sound that echoes the forward-thinking vibe of Dirty Disco.

Remi feat. Jordan Rakei – Lose Sleep.

Remi’s “Lose Sleep” featuring Jordan Rakei is a powerful collaboration that showcases the best of hip-hop and soul. Remi’s sharp, introspective verses paired with Rakei’s smooth, emotive hooks create a compelling narrative on the struggles and dreams that keep us awake at night. This performance is a masterful blend of rhythm and poetry, embodying the spirit of collaboration and genre-blending that Dirty Disco thrives on. It’s a musical conversation that invites deep reflection and connection.

Desta French – Shame.

Desta French brings an electrifying energy to “Shame,” infusing the Colors stage with her vibrant blend of R&B and pop. Her performance is a celebration of self-expression and defiance, delivered with a charisma and confidence that’s utterly contagious. Desta’s ability to convey complex emotions through catchy rhythms and bold lyrics is exactly the kind of fearless artistry we champion at Dirty Disco. Her performance is a reminder to embrace our stories and dance through the pain.

Jordan Rakei – Wildfire.

Jordan Rakei’s “Wildfire” is a soul-stirring journey through the complexities of the human psyche, wrapped in the warmth of his jazz-inflected soundscapes. Rakei’s performance is introspective yet universal, showcasing his gift for crafting songs that resonate on a deeply personal level while speaking to collective experiences. At Dirty Disco, we live for moments like this where music serves as a mirror to our inner worlds and a bridge to those around us. Jordan’s presence on the Colors stage is a testament to the transformative power of music.

JMSN – Be A Man.

JMSN delivers “BE A MAN” with a raw emotional intensity that commands attention. His unique blend of R&B, soul, and blues, coupled with heartfelt lyrics, makes for a performance that’s both vulnerable and powerful. Watching JMSN on Colors, you feel every word, every note, as if he’s speaking directly to you. It’s this kind of authenticity and emotional depth that resonates with us at Dirty Disco, reminding us of music’s ability to touch souls and provoke thought.

Michael Kiwanuka – Solid Ground.

Michael Kiwanuka’s “Solid Ground” is a profound reflection on finding stability in a turbulent world, delivered with his signature blend of soul and folk. Kiwanuka’s performance is a masterclass in storytelling, his voice a beacon of hope amidst the haunting orchestration. His ability to convey deep, universal truths through personal narratives is what makes this performance resonate so deeply with the ethos of Dirty Disco. Michael’s appearance on Colors is a reminder of music’s enduring power to heal and inspire.

Poppy Ajudha – Love Falls Down.

Poppy Ajudha’s “Love Falls Down” is an enchanting fusion of jazz, soul, and modern R&B, delivered with an effortless elegance. Her performance is a captivating exploration of love’s complexities, her voice weaving through the melodies with a grace that mesmerizes. Poppy’s artistry is a perfect example of the innovative spirit and emotional depth we celebrate at Dirty Disco, where music is an endless journey of discovery and connection.

Elderbrook – Difficult To Love.

Elderbrook’s “Difficult To Love” is an electronic odyssey that blends introspective lyrics with compelling beats, creating a soundscape that’s both haunting and uplifting. His performance on Colors showcases his ability to merge danceable rhythms with a narrative depth, making music that moves both the body and the heart. It’s this blend of introspection and infectious energy that makes Elderbrook’s music resonate so strongly with the Dirty Disco vibe, where every beat tells a story and every dance is a celebration of life’s complexities.

End conclusion.

As we reflect on the vibrant tapestry of performances showcased on “A Colors Show,” we’re reminded of the profound role music plays in our lives not merely as entertainment, but as a mirror to our souls, a bridge connecting diverse cultures, and a beacon of creativity and emotional depth. These performances, ranging from Jorja Smith’s haunting “Blue Lights” to Elderbrook introspective “Difficult To Love,” underscore the essence of Dirty Disco’s celebration: music as a universal language that transcends boundaries, embodying the myriad emotions and experiences that define the human condition.

In curating these moments, I’ve been profoundly reminded of music’s transformative power not just as a form of entertainment, but as a universal language that inspires, heals, and unites us in unparalleled ways. “A Colors Show,” with its dedication to showcasing the raw honesty and artistic diversity of musicians from around the globe, perfectly aligns with our mission at Dirty Disco. It encourages us to embrace the vast spectrum of stories told through melodies and rhythms, guiding us toward a deeper understanding and connection with one another. As we journey together through this symphony of life, where each note played and every voice heard enriches our collective experience, we’re invited to see our world painted in the vibrant hues of hope, empathy, and unity.

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Which “A Colors Show” performance has touched your heart or opened your mind? How does music bring color to your life? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below. Let’s continue this conversation and celebrate the boundless power of music together.


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