It’s not often that you’ll find us recommending venturing outside of our beautiful borough, but the Romans-Hopcraft family takeover of Camden’s Jazz Café is a worthy exception.
On Friday 9 February the Brixton family showcase their formidable musical talents with a triple-header shared by father Robin and his twin sons Ben and Miles (above).
Miles will be known to London hip-hop heads as beatmaker Wu-Lu. He’s a NTS and Touching Bass mainstay and has previously performed at the Jazz Café supporting his friend and collaborator MNDSGN. This time he’ll bring a full live band to the special occasion. Next up is singer Ben with the laid back pop and retro soul sounds of acclaimed Brixton five-piece Childhood.
Finally their old man, trumpet maestro Robin, teaches the upstarts a thing or two with the sensational Soothsayers.
Brixtonians will be familiar with their muscular trumpet and sax hooks, infectious guitar licks, righteous chants and dance-floor filling afrobeat and reggae-inspired grooves. Wah Wah 45s DJs warm things up. Now that’s a night worth crossing the river for!
Two other Brixton-bred talents release records this month.
Pharoah Russell will be known to Effra Hall Tavern and Agile Rabbit regulars, along with many others, as one of our finest young drummers. On his debut EP Air To Breathe he reveals his considerable skills as a multi-instrumentalist and explores new found talents for singing and songwriting.
Meanwhile, former Cowley Estate resident Dog Ears Montana releases his new album Built-in Obsolescence. Expect socially conscious, melancholic and moving tales told with a voice of sandpaper and cigarettes over sparse electro beats and pop rock.
Both releases can be found at all the usual online music retailers.