Words and photography by Aisha Spence (Avenoir Records)
Fresh off the back of his incredible main stage performance at SW4 including a sell-out UK tour earlier this year, the dance music sensation returned to the capital on Friday 1st December.
This time with MNEK, “Rinse & Repeat”-ers and Grammy-nominated Riton & Kahlo on the bill, I wanted to find out if Jones could take things to the next level bringing his infectious, high energy House Work party to London’s iconic Electric Brixton this time alongside his very special guests...
After meeting up with my partner in crime for the night, Lauren Thompson, we headed off across the grounds of St Matthew’s churchyard to seek out the entrance of the legendary South London venue formally known as The Fridge.
Closing in 2010 and re-opening as the ‘Electric Ballroom’ in 2011 the space has hosted a wealth of fresh, emerging as well as established musical acts which ranks it as one of the best live venues and night clubs in South London.
I had spent most of the evening getting ready whilst listening to a selection of tracks produced by some of the acts we were about to experience and on entering the main arena became immediately aware that we were not going to be disappointed.
James Hype, Will Clarke, Boston Bun and Jaded took centre stage as they took us on a journey through house and dance
The House Work shows are well known for the carnage that unfolds, and with this breath-taking line-up compiled, it was one of the standout nights this winter in the capital for us. The atmosphere was, excuse the pun, electric and the dance floor was heaving.
Up on stage Riton was in full effect dropping banger after banger accompanied by vocalist Kah-Lo who is perhaps best known for her featured vocals on the 2012 club anthem Rinse and Repeat, which sent the club into a frenzy.
Nearing the end of his set, Riton introduced MNEK to the crowd where they proceeded to perform their latest single, Deeper. As to be expected, MNEK’s vocals were on point and along with the House Gospel Choir the roof most definitely raised along with everybody’s spirits! We were really ‘taken to church’!
Up next was the headlining act, British DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter Jax Jones who hails from London; Jones got his break on Duke Dumont's I Got U, in 2014, where the track hit number one in the UK Singles Chart. He followed up this success in 2016 with his fourth solo single, You Don't Know Me, featuring Raye, which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.
With hits like Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, You Don’t Know Me and Instruction under his belt I was looking forward to see if he could raise the somewhat already high bar set by Riton.
Yet again, we weren’t let down as not only did Jones lay down serious dance track after dance track he treated us to a visual spectacular in bringing out fully costumed carnival dancers during his performance of ‘Intention’ that features Demi Lovato and our very own home-grown talent, Stefflon Don. We were even treated to Jax Jones himself stepping to the front of the stage and joining in with the Rio inspired routine!
The venue exploded and the only word I can use to describe the feeling was Euphoria!
All in all, a fantastic night of dancing and singing along to some modern day House classics that left both myself and Lauren content in the knowledge that Rio came to Brixton for one night only!