As the son of Sub Club resident Harri (of Harri & Domenic), you can bet that a lot of Jasper James’ friends are DJs. Gifted with the chance to show off some of his talented pals, the charismatic Scot will take to Brixton in charge of four straight Saturdays in June, as part of a run of day and night parties at some of his favourite London venues.
Joined each week by musically-minded mates, Jasper hosts The Brixton Courtyard alongside DJ Nature and Andy Blake for round one on the 4th, before taking to Phonox for the first of the four afterparties conducted at the chic new Brixton venue. With barbecue lined up to supplement the musical feast on offer, the courtyard will be buzzing to welcome in the makeshift trio, with the blend of jazz influences and bare-bones disco that provides the nucleus of New York resident DJ Nature’s sets basically custom-made for a warm day outside. Holding the highly prized title of being a true DJ’s DJ, Andy Blake will offer the analogue explorations that have made his word of mouth night World Unknown such a cult success.
A week later, James is joined at Pop Brixton for a globe-scouring event with Mike Dunn and Horse Meat Disco’s Severino. Chicago man Mike Dunn is one of the strongest proponents of his hometown’s traditional house aesthetic, using a combination of mixing and live performance techniques to create sonic spectacles with extra weight. Italian-turned-Londoner Severino is a devout discoholic, and is guaranteed to deliver the goods with funky bass runs and sassy vocal lines galore.
A move to Brixton Beach Boulevard coincides with a visit from Rolando, the Underground Resistance crew member known for his love of Latin rhythms. Hailing from the musical fountain of life that is Detroit, Rolando has been responsible for some of the most trademark releases to come from the city, venturing into techno but never leaving behind the traditional Mexican music that influenced his formative years. Also joining on the 18th is the never-resting Dan Beaumont, owner of some of London’s finest musical brands and a prolific producer and selector.
Closing the four week run on the 25th, Jasper has called upon an extraordinarily cultured digger in Magda, whose upbringing in Detroit saw her cutting her teeth as an opener for Richie Hawtin and going from strength to strength as one of the most engaging DJs on the circuit. Able to string together emotive minimal soundscapes and frenzied acid with the ease of someone who lives and breathes their music, Magda should make a fantastic sparring partner for her host, whose rapid growth in stature as a DJ over the last year has marked him out as a prospect with a similarly high ceiling. It’s a tricky task to follow in your dad’s footsteps, but Jasper James has taken up the mantle in style, regularly overseeing superb parties and causing an almighty storm with his debut release on JD Twitch’s Optimo Trax label, the mind-bending Sneaky EP.
Having been announced as the first Phonox resident back when it opened at the end of last summer, Jasper James has earned himself a pretty extensive group of followers at his adopted home, and with more still to be revealed in the coming weeks. June is shaping up to be a big one in Brixton.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Jasper James