Review: Future Brown @ Phonox
Much like Plan B before it, Phonox is a fairly non-descript looking venue from the outside looking in. With the club sandwiched between a chicken shop and 99p store, it certainly doesn’t give much away. So on discovering its rather majestic interior, complete with elongated downstairs bar and enormous dance floor with booths upstairs, it proved the ideal spot for New-York based quartet Future Brown to take over south London for the night.
The foursome, made up of Asma Maroof (formerly the tour DJ for M.I.A), Fatima Al Qadiri (who also works with N.Y’s Ghetto Gothik queen- Venus X), J-Cush and Daniel Pineda, jumped on stage closer to 1am rather than the advertised 10pm, but revellers weren’t too fussed. They had Total Freedom and Sami Baha on hand to get the ball rolling. With pure jungle fever emanating from Total Freedom’s set it was all tabla-style drum rolls and animalistic echoes, while Baha’s almost tranquil trap levelled out the music at once.
It all kicked off into the early hours of the morning as the headliners finally opened with ”Wanna Party” – a suitably rambunctious inauguration of church bells, cavernous bass and Tink‘s moody vocals
The raw energy emitting from the group was contagious and the atmosphere of the crowd mirrored this, more or less tearing the roof off when the sullen ”Talking Bandz” thumped through the system.
Not just sticking to their own hits, the NY based crew delved into a deviation of hip hop and grime, furiously flitting between rapid lyricism and dicey segments of thumping bass. All in, it was a thoroughly enthralling introduction both to the new Brixton spot and to Fatima Al Qadiri and co’s murky take on trap.