Brixton music news – November 2015

Co Arts Editor Barney Evison rounds up the latest music news from our corner of South London.

Childhood, clockwise from top left: Ben Romans-Hopcroft, Chris O'Driscoll, Leo Dobson, Daniel Salamons
Childhood, clockwise from top left: Ben Romans-Hopcroft, Chris O’Driscoll, Leo Dobson, Daniel Salamons

Childhood working on second album

We’ve gathered from various social media postings that local psych-rockers Childhood are working on a second album, a follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Lacuna. Stay tuned to the Brixton Blog for more info – we’ll update you as soon as we know more!

Oxjammin’ across Brixton

Local music lovers were treated to a day of music across 6 venues on Saturday 17 October as charity event Oxjam Brixton took over our beloved town. Highlights of the day were The Untouchables, Natalie Shay and The Black Sparrows. Check out our coverage on the blog.

New Brixton student night at Phonox

Acclaimed student night Concrete Music has taken up residency at new Brixton nightclub Phonox, with a new Tuesday night slot. All are welcome, not just students, and entry is free before 9pm. Perfect for soothing those midweek blues!

jamie Jamie XX. Photo by Flavien PrioreauJamie XX at the Academy gets mixed reviews

South London knob twiddler Jamie XX played at Brixton Academy in October. The Observer felt the electronic artist’s low-key approach left the audience feeling “short-changed” whereas the FT was more positive: “His unsplashy approach to live DJ-ing fitted with The xx’s character.” Were you there? What did you think?

Marcus Reeves release Three Little Words EP

Back in July we mentioned that local songwriter Marcus Reeves was working on ‘Three Little Words’, an EP funded by a Pledge Music crowd-funding campaign. The EP is now out, available through all good digital stores, and is reminiscent of early Neil Diamond and Elton John.

Steve Reid innovation award Brixton artist playing in showcase event

Hector Glinner, recipient of the prestigious Steve Reid Innovation Award, is from Brixton and is joining the four other award artists for a showcase event at the Forge in Camden on 26 November. Hector was supported by the award to create his ‘concept EP’, a percussive blend of samples, recordings and synths.