South London based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Wu-Lu returns with his second EP ’N.A.I.S.' (Not As It Seems).
’N.A.I.S’ offers a more comprehensive impression into his multi-layered style. Setting the scene with single ‘Jaybo’, characterised by its deep rooted guitar groove, swirling percussive moments and drawled out vocals - its the sound of an astral traveller finally finding his feet. His influences stretch out into the worlds of minimal and congested ethereal soundscapes crossed with hard grooves and tight melodies.
‘Habisha’ builds up a jazzy and melancholic trip-hop groove with faded lyrics laden with yearning and regret. ‘Sailor’ swirls with layers of dusty lo-fi melodies that seem to build to the brink of disintegration, featuring a delicate and haunting vocal by singer-songwriter Binisa Bonner. Closer ‘Storms’ builds up dark clouds of intense atmosphere with heavily rhythmic guitar and hard percussion, whilst whispered vocals pierce through the dense soundscape looking for light. Players on the EP include Giles Kwake Bass (Sampha, Kate Tempest, MF Doom) and Joe Armon Jones (Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia).
released March 2, 2018
All songs written and recorded by: Miles Romans-Hopcraft aka Wu-Lu
Mixed by: Shuta Shinoda & Raven Bush
Mastered by: Dave Koor
Additional production by: Raven Bush ('Jaybo')
Drums: Gilles 'Kwake' Bass
Keys: Joe Armon Jones
Additional Vocals by: Binisa Bonner ('Habesha') & Ego Ella May ('Storms')
I might love this even more than Black Focus. Why? There is more of a focus on that Wu Funk sound, more melodies by the rhythm master, more hip-hop flavor, a chance for Kamaal to really shine. A perfect balance between hard hitting sounds with more melodic and meditative ones. One of the few albums I wish was 24-bit quality, that is how great this is. At the top of all the 2018 "best of" lists for a reason. Much respect HW. Edward