Here's a flavour of what went down at one of London's best new festivals, with mixes from Sassy J, Om Unit & Sam Binga, Mister Saturday Night & Bradley Zero and Honey Dijon.
One of the most striking things about the first Sunfall was its lineup, which ran the gamut from Zomby and Donato Dozzy, to Kamasi Washington and Ben Klock. Four arenas were spread spaciously across South London's Brockwell Park, neatly divided into tents for house, techno and UK club music, plus a large outdoor stage for the bigger acts. The sound was good everywhere you went. There were also a few thoughtful extras that made a difference, such as music production workshops and an independent record fair that later turned into an impromptu party. For those looking to extend the night beyond the main event, there were nine afterparties, at venues like Corsica Studios, XOYO and Bussey Building. Overall, Sunfall felt exemplary. These pictures and mixes offer a slice of the action.
Sassy J might be a relatively new name on the scene, but she's an old pro when it comes to DJing and collecting records. Her experience comes through strongly in her sets, which tend to move freely between genres while maintaining a warm, soulful core. That was exactly the case when she hit the decks at Corsica Studios in the early hours of the Sunday.
Om Unit & Sam Binga
Two UK artists who are redefining the boundaries of footwork and drum & bass combined for a powerful session at the South stage. The sun may have been shining outside but there was nothing serene about the percussive onslaught and dramatic melodies of this performance.
Mister Saturday Night & Bradley Zero
After finishing up their set in Brockwell Park, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, or Mister Saturday Night, travelled a few miles east to Canavan's Peckham Pool Club. This, of course, is the longstanding home of Rhythm Section, a party headed up by Bradley Zero. Rhythm Section is known for its loose, good-time vibes, a feeling that's mirrored in this wild, extended back-to-back session.
Honey Dijon left Chicago for New York in the '90s, but you can still hear the swing and bump of the Windy City in the records she plays. It's a style that her friend Derrick Carter is also famous for, and at Electric Brixton on Saturday night, the pair, along with Gramophone's Michael Serafini, kept things bubbling as Sunfall festival transitioned into the night programme.