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In 2005, Liverpool-born Kele Okereke was a guitar-wielding vocalist for the post-punk-loving Bloc Party, which climbed the British pop charts with its debut full-length, Silent Alarm. By 2008, this son of Nigerian immigrants had begun adding more and more synth rhythms to Bloc Party’s sound. When the group went on hiatus in 2009, Okereke packed up and moved to Berlin. Now in 2010, on his first solo album The Boxer, he’s dropped his last name and is going with mostly programmed beats. Working with American producer XXXchange from Spank Rock, Kele has achieved mixed results. The blend of dubstep and grime in opener “Walk Tall” proves more formulaic than funky, and “All the Things I Could Never Say” blandly layers melodramatic vocals over cheesy Euro-club electronica. But Kele shows promise on “The Other Side” and “Unholy Thoughts,” as he subtly melds the electro of 2010 with the jittery rock of Bloc Party circa 2005.
KELE PERFORMS WITH DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH? AND INNERPARTYSYSTEM AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930.