sam vicary a.k.a hunrosa (meaning “to dream”) is an electronic music producer capturing the wild organic senses of his childhood and anchoring it with a darker 2am undercurrent. based in manchester, he is principally a bassist and currently a member of the cinematic orchestra, paper tiger and the dominic j marshall trio, as well as performing with manu delago, imogen heap, matthew halsall, anil sebastian and stuart macallum. his latest offering “ransome” is a heavily rhythmic journey, full of textured hand percussion and soaring strings, accompanied by the beautifully melodic vocals of alice higgins drifting overhead. the clap clap remix sees the black acre mainstay exploring expansive territories, polyrhythmic hand percussion and textured electronica perfectly intertwine, drenched in dub ambience, heightened by scattered arpeggios and swirling synths. the music is inspired by a coastal upbringing, represented in the music via field recordings, as well as being aided by visual stimulus throughout the writing process.
wah wah 45s will release orange whip, the new album by their latest signing, honeyfeet. the outfit, who have received praise from the likes of the guardian, have also set festivals alight up and down the country with their unique melange of sounds. for the last couple of years the honeyfeet (who name from a line in the blues brothers film) have been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of manchester based musicians. this genre-defying band incorporate styles including jazz, folk and hip hop into their music. someone once called it folk-hop and barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense.
wah wah 45s are very proud to announce their first foray into the format of the future-retro fan – the cassette. and who better to deliver our debut release on this cult medium, than our very own electronic beat makers and hip hop nerds, paper tiger. over the last four years, the leeds and london based crew have been quietly pasting together some of the more interesting and subversive off-cuts and live interludes that were recorded around their two lp releases.
wah wah 45s are proud to present the hugely anticipated new album from arguably the uk s finest dub and reggae outfit, resonators. after a four year hiatus mostly spent tirelessly performing headline shows and festivals across the uk and europe, as well as recording a plethora of new music this almost peerless brighton-based collective are ready to unleash their new material to an eager public in the shape of their third album, imaginary people.
die 6-köpfige band paper tiger aus leeds ist ohne zweifel eine der vielseitigsten auf dem wah wah 45s label. dieses kreative kollektiv verfüget über eine breite palette von sounds: von futuristischen hip hop-beats zu funky und tanzbaren elektronische breaks, manchmal mit schmutzigen post-dubstep-vibes und angereichert mit witzigen wortspielen. blast off ist paper tigers zweites album nach ihrem 2013er debüt laptop suntan.
fuelled by a rediscovery of the music and artists that originally inspired their formation, the four walls of their studio were ablaze with a soundtrack of bill withers, isaac hayes and the isley brothers throughout the songwriting process for their new album. from the swagger of symphonic opener wanderlust to heartfelt ballad lose that way to the thunderous blues of the closing title track, the milks confidence in these songs and their execution is clearly audible. captured in a tireless outburst of creativity at the end of 2014, favourite worry is the milk at their soulful, honest and engaging best.
this autumn, wah wah 45s are very proud to present their latest signing, an outfit who ve garnered huge praise from jools holland, are darlings of the guardian s music reviews pages, and have set festivals alight up and down the country with their unique melange of sounds. for a good few years, honeyfeet has been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of manchester based musicians. jazz? yes, some of that! folk? stick that in there! hip-hop? i thought you d never ask! someone once called it folk-hop and barrelhouse-pop, and that s just vague enough to make sense. it helps that they are fronted by ríoghnach connolly, real world s newest signing and -a remarkable singer and flautist who can ease from irish traditional influences to soul- (the guardian). this extraordinary band s debut single for wah wah 45s, sinner, was originally affectionately known as boingy squelch, after the unconventional sounds trombonist biff roxby used in his early demos. ríoghnach conveys the story of a woman who never intends on staying at home -chained to the sink- - -i may be a sinner, but i m not a slave-. in that way, the song is a rejection of outdated, traditional roles. since their previous album, 2013 s it s a good job i love you, keyboardist john ellis jumped on board as full-time member, bringing his unique musical presence. this enabled the development of a more texturally adventurous style, as witnessed with the dual atonal solo between himself and guitarist ellis davies on sinner. similarly, for their next lp, orange whip, engineer, bassist and spiritual guide lorien edwards makes his honeyfeet recording debut, so completing the -kitchen- of this very special band. sinner is released on limited 7- vinyl (100 copies only!) on october 20th and comes complete with a woozy, low slung club-friendly mix from former innocent sorcerer, polish dj and producer envee. the album, orange whip, will be released on wah wah 45s in the summer of 2018.
wah wah 45s are proud to present the first release from afro-dub stalwarts and brand new signings, soothsayers. having been fans of this influential south london based outfit for the best part of two decades now, its come as a great thrill to finally, officially welcome them to the fold.
dele sosimis album you no fit touch am was released in 2015 to much universal acclaim. a perfect document of the lessons the keyboard master and vocalist learned in fela kuti s ranks during the 70s and 80s, but brought firmly up-to-date and with contemporary social comment as vital to the afrobeat genre as any rhythm or instrument. in 2016, to take that forward thinking even further, wah wah 45s commissioned four huge remixes from a quartet of the uk s most interesting new production names. that was just part one of the story though this year the label can reveal the final four remixes to be taken from this hugely popular and influential project.
wah wah 45s return to the 12- format to bring you three incredible re-works from french disco don the reflex, for our very own legendary canadian/haitian keyboard wiz henri-pierre noel. funky spider dance is a percussion heavy bomb filled to the brim with henri s soaring piano licks and infectious female vocal hooks. the reflex has taken what was already a sure-fire club favourite, and created something of a dance floor destroyer. his rework of a fifth of beethoven takes its time to build into another heavy hitter. as the beats make way for henri s deft keyboard flourishes, the recognition of this cover of the walter murphy classic (taken from the saturday night fever soundtrack) begins to dawn - and as it does, it s clear that once again the dream team of hpn and the reflex have worked their magic! last, but certainly not least, the reflex s revision of back home..., sweet home is a modern island funk masterpiece with organ and tropical guitar riffs making way for sunny brass stabs all underpinned by foot friendly beats. the original versions of funky spider dance and back home..., sweet home can be found on henri s one more step lp, and his take of a fifth of beethoven was recently available on 7-inches of wax - all on wah wah 45s of course. the reflex revisions all appear here together on vinyl, in fact anywhere, for the very first time!
you no fit touch am has been universally received with open arms. a perfect document of the lessons dele learned in fela kutis ranks during the 70s and 80s, but brought firmly up-to-date and with contemporary social comment as vital to the afrobeat genre as any rhythm or instrument. to take that forward thinking even further wah wah 45s commissioned four huge remixes from some of the uks most interesting new production names.
radio support from lauren laverne, guy garvey and huey morgan on bbc radio 6 music, patrick forge, kev beadle, bob jones and many more worldwide.
wah wah 45s are proud to present the sophomore album release from forward thinking horn driven funk music machine, the gene dudley group. following on from 2013s debut long-player, saturday shifting, where gene dudley played almost every note himself, his second offering is very much a product of the relationships he s built up over the past two years. most notably these have been with vocalists, and particularly when the group got the chance to tour europe with stones throw artists myron & e in the summer of 2014. this resulted in e contributing to two vocal cuts to the new album, along with hotly tipped u.s. vocalist ishtar.
wah wah 45s are very proud to present the first full-length album in almost a decade from vocalist, keyboard player, fela kuti collaborator and afrobeat legend, dele sosimi! you no fit touch am represents where dele is today - something of an untouchable force in the music scene that he has always been such a vital part of. the title is an uncompromising message that this man means business, and with his mammoth afrobeat orchestra on board that is definitely the case. recorded at the fish market studios in north-west london by benedic lamdin (aka nostalgia 77) the album provides a musical representation of deles strong socio-political opinions, as well as delivering classic song-writing that could have come straight out of 1970s lagos!
wah wah 45s are proud to present their debut release from vocalist, keyboard player, producer and afrobeat giant dele sosimi! born in hackney, east london, but soon to return to his parents native nigeria at the age of four, dele was schooled and raised in fela anikulapo kuti s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. having been chosen by fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing felas glastonbury stage in 1984, and became both musical director for both felas egypt 80 and femi kutis positive force.
on moving to canada from his original home of haiti, pianist and singer/songwriter henri-pierre noel brought with him much of the tropical island s influences. the kompa funk sounds of his homeland, along side contemporary north american jazz and disco, ran throughout henris 1979 album piano, re-released by wah wah 45s in 2012, and now its time for a second helping with the re-issue of 1980s dance floor friendly one more step, both albums having been originally released on very limited private presses and since become holy grails of the back music scene.
in 2014 the label celebrates not only its 15thanniversary, but, with this record, its 50thseven-inch release, and it is something very unique indeed. two of the imprints best love artists, east end brass juggernaut hackney colliery band, and funky canadian piano maestro henri-pierre noel come together on seven inches of wax for the first time, remixed by label boss scrimshire and superstar disco re-edit king the reflex.
scrimshires re-working of hcbs version of kanye wests all of the lights is a horn fuelled left-of-centre club bomb, whilst the reflexs revision of henris classic diskette is a disco fuelled take that is sure to cause plenty of dance floor devastation too. having both on one slab of strictly limited heavyweight vinyl with gorgeous, bespoke artwork to celebrate the labels 50thseven-incher is almost too much! enjoy!
recent wah wah signings out of leeds, paper tiger, have spent the last few months preparing an arsenal of bass worrying electronic music ready to unleash upon the masses in 2013. their debut *priceless* ep for wah wah 45s, released last summer, was a visceral, uncompromising concoction of hip hop, post-dubstep and electro-soul music featuring resident wordsmith raphael attar (of *gary barlow* fame) and led to the band playing at festivals across the uk including lovebox, mostly jazz and the secret garden party to much acclaim. the *come correct* ep takes their sound one step further with riotous lyricism courtesy of uk hip hop / grime heroes foreign beggars, a mind-blowing dance floor remix from french uber-producer fulgeance, and a rather dashing spoken word piece featuring maze hills joshua idehen that comes complete with a gloriously wonky re-work from brooklyn trio archie pelago.
the eagerly anticipated second album and first for wah wah 45s, the constant, will be unleashed on 5th november 2012 on vinyl and cd.it fuses direct and healing messages about todays world with progressive roots-inspired dub and a deep soulful sound. the first single taken from the album, surrender was released earlier this year and was described by david rodigan mbe as british reggae at its best.
nice price deal !!! with support from djs as diverse as david rodigan and mark lamarr, plus support slots over the last twelve months for fat freddys drop and the selecter, brighton dub outfit resonators are starting to cause a real storm both in the reggae community and beyond.
hcb’s homage to rave pioneers the prodigy has already become a hugely popular part of their live show, and is now set to destroy dance floors with a rollercoaster ride that takes in some of keith and co’s finest works including the furious death jazz take of “jericho”, the dubwise “out of space” and club anthem “no good”, all given that hcb twist.
following on from their debut >sweet love affair< that caused a huge rumpus in the world of reggae and beyond, with djs as diverse as david rodigan and mark lamarr singing its praises, brighton dub and lovers outfit resonators return with their second massive single, >gold getter<.
formed in 2008 out of a desire to play music that appealed to the feet as much as to the ears, the hackney colliery band is east londons unique take on the brass band phenomenon. featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. hackney colliery bands members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz group porpoise corpus to the bollywood brass band, and from jarvis cocker to major orchestras. this breadth of musical talent is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire. mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and hi-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the hackney colliery bands setlist is as diverse as the london borough that gave them their name.
party starter >money< has already received radio 1 airplay from gilles peterson and has been on the wants list of djs worldwide for some time! and with the cracking original cut >whats the time, mr. wasp?< on the flip, this is sure to be a huge release for this massively talented outfit.
the colman brothers return, inspired once more by dizzy gillespie and the herbolzheimer rhythm combination & brass. >another brother< is a continuation of the >el nino< sound with the muted trumpet leading the way in amongst the big horn backing and latin rhythms. ruth hammond features here once again with her soulful rhodes playing, all backed up by some heavy beats from drummer scott hammond. the remix was inspired by the soundtrack sounds of lalo schifrin, roy budd and bill conti.
possibly their finest work since their first release, the feisty >another brother< is sure to set dance floors alight this autumn, has already received radio 1 play from gilles peterson, and heralds the brothers debut long player, arriving on wah wah 45s early 2011!
bristols kings of stoned soul, unforscene, deliver an ethereal dance floor rework of angels fly that comes in at just under an epic 8 minutes. on the flip, we give you a d&b monster from one half of the pth duo (ross wakefield) showing us his dark side with a stunning junglist re-work of the usually sultry stop, fade, blur, featuring laura vane on vocals. defikews stop, fade, roll remix is a tops off, arms in the air, sweat inducing ravers anthem!!
wah wah 45s are very proud to present their very first release from canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist alister johnson. you probably recognise alisters name from his work on john kongs do right! label, most recently with the single >like a star<, as well as remixes for fellow canadians robert strauss, voice, elizabeth shepherd and lal. alister also doubles up as dj catalist, having produced the killer booties >dont know< and >baltimore< for pr records.
on >invitation< he takes a much loved, classic jazz cut, and, with the help of another canadian, sacha williamson, on vocal duties, delivers a truly unique interpretation. >invitation< is a sultry piece of soul/jazz that, thanks to alister having one eye on the dance floor with his production, should work in the clubs too! think mr. scruff meets nicola conte and you get the idea!
wah wah 45s slip you another length of latin/jazz pressure from those colman brothers! as you should already be aware, brothers mat and andrew colman have been writing together for the last 7 years. their music combines traditional latin and jazz flavours with contemporary beats and the kind of horn power you d expect from this duo of brass masters.
jamie finlay: composer, producer, musician, dj, and all round good guy from manchester, comes through with his third single for wah wah 45s. the pensive ballad, step forward, comes hot on the heels of underground smash show me, and should tantalise your ear holes for this young mans debut album, pocket science, due to drop later in the year. step forward comes in all its original, subtle glory of course, but as a little 7inch bonus we ve included a mix by the very mysterious mr. frazier that ll get you in the mood for some very early summer madness!! we ll say no more other than its a little scorcher!!
on moving to canada from his original home of haiti, pianist and singer/songwriter henri-pierre noel brought with him much of the tropical island s influences. the kompa funk sounds of his homeland, along side contemporary north american jazz and disco, ran throughout henri s 1979 album piano, re-released by wah wah 45s in 2012, and now its time for a second helping with the re-issue of 1980s dance floor friendly one more step, both albums having been originally released on very limited private presses and since become holy grails of the back music scene.
the milk sind auf ihren neuen album -favourite worry- inspiriert und angetrieben von soul-größen wie bill withers, isaac hayes und den isley brothers. von der prahlerei der symphonischen opener -wanderlust-, der herzzereisßenden ballade -lose that way- zum donnernden blues des abschlusstracks. in einem unermüdlichen ausbruch von kreativität am ende des jahres 2014 erfasst, ist -favourite worry- the milks soul-manifest.
this november sees the return of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, dj and erstwhile wah wah 45s label boss, adam scrimshire, with his mesmerising second album -the hollow-. the much anticipated follow up to 2008s -along came the devil one night- sees scrimshire going back to his soulful roots, but at the same time, carving a more contemporary, electronic sound. theres also a nod to the dance floor on the new single -home-, featuring faye houston of resonators fame, the latin flavoured -everything you say- with cinematic orchetras heidi vogel on vocal duties, and the epic -ascension- featuring label mates hackney colliery band. there are more mellow moments too of course – stac provides the voice for the sublime -alignment- and joins the man himself on the mic for -through a window-, long time collaborator inga lill-aker is sure to draw a tear on the stunning -ode to daddy-, and scrimshire takes on the vocals once again on the melancholic opener -a promise is all it was-. add to that the dark, keyboard led trip that is -afar- featuring jessica lauren and matthew halsalls harpist rachael gladwin bringing matters to an exquisite close on the title track, and youve got yourself a next level piece of work from a man whos finally getting the recognition he deserves.