As they say, you have to change things to keep them the same. So it is that Brixton Jamm has poured some love back into a wealth of refurbishments and renovations recently. As well as exposing some of the original features that hark back to when the venue was a traveller’s inn, then latterly a drinking tavern, they have added a sweet outdoor terrace, made the live room bigger and have installed a pumping new sound system that really raises the bar for London.
To celebrate it all, there was a great party last week that promised plenty of surprises guess as well as a set from US sensation Mayer Hawthorne. When we arrived, we scampered in from a downpour along with plenty of other people, and Brixton JAMM immediately made for a warm welcome with its air of modern cool as well as great sense of history.
Immediately we set to work drinking on the terrace, munching down a wealth of great snacks, wraps, jerk chicken offerings and delicious duck delights. They came from top local foodies like Mama Jerk and were soundtracked by a fitting selection of dope dub beats from Channel One and Desert Sound Colony.
As the night descending the musical policy was switched up and became more energetic, with firing funk and top disco bombs getting the cosmopolitain crowd up on their toes. It was The Mendendez Brothers doing the selections and they did a fine job of amping up the club before a hot young indie band then hit hard with cuts like ‘What Did I Do To My Love.’ It was a thrilling demonstration of how this club deals as well with club events as well live shows, and was followed by Mayer Hawthorne, all decked out in a sparkly jacket, mixing up his own joints with some live vocal deliveries.
Along with slick mixing that saw some choice cuts seamlessly segued together, Mayer really played up to the crowd who in turn gave their all to make him feel appreciated. As they danced about, whooped and yelled at all the right points, the sound system agin impressed with its punchy kicks and crystal clear highs. After many years at the heart of the South London scene, then, Brixton JAMM is now all set to lead from the front for many more years to come.