Here at Browns, our community stands at the heart of all that we do. From our designers, to our customers, to our colleagues who work alongside us each day, Browns is a business built on supporting the bonds that matter. That’s why we’re launching “A Family Affair”, a project that celebrates our creative communities in the times we need one another the most.
To kick off this project, we’ve asked Browns favourite Kai-Isaiah Jamal to guest edit our first week of events and happenings, selecting some of their nearest and dearest to keep us inspired and entertained.
First up we have Sweyn J, a West London-based music producer and NTS radio regular. “He is also the proof that our worlds don’t have to be separate just based on our identity, especially when we want the same thing or have the same dream or vision,” says Kai.
Discover Sweyn J’s mixtape below for the ideal spring soundtrack.
Fancy by The Dream
I have to start the selection with this anthem. My introduction to The Dream started after his Love/Hate project, and he definitely soundtracked my adolescence. It’s a timeless tune.
Only You by Steve Monite
The production on this is perfect; the chorus and harmonisation is timeless and has the ability to change your mood for the better instantaneously. One for the party selection. I chose this because it’s something uplifting for these dystopian times.
Love Potion Nimrod Pitso & MDU a.ka TRP
My current infatuation with Amapiano [a genre of South African house music] is a daily ritual. The mood is always uplifting, which is why I chose this track, as it reminds me of community, as the Ampiano scene is driven by that. Something for the soul.
Amantombazane by DJ Maphorisa
This song never fails to brighten my mood. The vocals always lead to a deep visceral feeling, as if it speaks to the soul, which it’s why it’s on the list.
Closer by Mr Fingers
Again, another song that just conveys such emotion. I get lost in the ethereal vocals and instrumentation. Also Larry Heard was once meant to produce an album for Sade! If only...
I Don’t Know Why by Buju Banton & Wayne Wonder
Every time I hear this I get memories of Notting Hill Carnival. This chorus personifies my carnival experience - hands in the air doing a singalong with all my friends.
Lullaby by The Cure
Possibly my favourite band of all time. Robert Smith’s vocals are so eerie and atmospheric, and the guitar riffs are a remedy for when I’m feeling down. Melancholic yet uplifting. It reminds me of my youth and shifting heteronormative behaviour and allowing myself to be in sync with my repressed emotions.
Haiti Slang by Young Thug
This one is sacred to me. If I ever want to wile out, I put this on repeat and start headbanging. This reminds me of being a youth in the ends, trying to pave my own lane.
Traffic by Greyship Daviz
The cover is so spectacular. The outfits alone I’m so drawn to stylistically; the make up, the music! One of my favourite records. A funkadelic ritual - it reminds me of late disco and the Earth, Wind and Fire era.
Tainted by Slum Village ft. Dwele
Sonically this track just takes me there. Dwele’s tonality is just right, and Slum Village have stayed so consistent throughout the years.
Spit It Out by Slipknot
I can’t even articulate how significant this track is in context to my life. Takes me out of any mood. This song reminds me of doing all-nighters with my friends as kids, running rampant.
Mascara by Jazmine Sullivan
Ugh the vocals! Perfect soundtrack to getting ready before the club. Jazmine possesses the ability to sing to the soul. The harmonies exude self love and joy which are both integral in life.
I Surrender by Ford & Lopatin
Production is flawless, vocals alike. I saw them live at Rhythm Factory years back and this song always gives me flashbacks. I most familiarise my mighty ducks beanie hat with this song because at this time in my life I’d never take it off!
Birthday by Playa
The current Instagram live clashes between some of the most legendary and notorious producers really take you back down memory lane!
Odo Nwom (sweetie pie) by Kofi Nti & Ofori Amponsah/span>
I love this song so much. Played it at PDA [London club night organised by Crack Stevens, Mischa Mafia and Ms Carrie Stacks] and ended up doing singalong with everyone.
You can also listen to this playlist on Spotify, just search for Browns Fashion to discover more music to enjoy.