One Taste West The Distillers, Hammersmith Tuesday

HAMMERSMITH has a new cultural heavyweight on its hands.

Just round the corner from the Apollo and the Riverside Studios is a an unassuming pub where one of London's finest

collectives performs every two months. Known for musical and spoken word innovation, the OneTaste Collective had a fairy-tale year in 2008, touring the festivals to rave reviews and selling out Camden's Jazz Cafe three times in a row. Better known names in their 25-strong roster are Portico Quartet and Polarbear, but don't think for a second the buck stops there. "It's a mind-blowing environment," says Kate, AKA Excentral Tempest, a phenomenal spoken word poet performing on the night. "It pushes you harder when you're surrounded by people that are more talented than you are."

She will be joined by equally modest a cappella singer Stacey, AKA Stac, who has seen her songs remixed by Bonobo and is currently finishing an EP with Polarbear. "There's a real family atmosphere to our events," she says.

"No pretensions, that's the best thing about playing in little rooms above pubs." Catch 'em here while you can, this incredible intimacy can't last forever. [25cf] OneTaste West is at The Distillers, 64 Fulham Palace Road, on Tuesday April 7. 7.30pm £8/6 in adv.Call 0208 748 2834.

See www.onetaste.co.uk   www.myspace.com/stacca   www.myspace.com/excentraltempest