Wah Wah 45s are proud to present a unique collaboration between the U.K.’s very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and a producer who’s been at the forefront of the South London electronic music scene for a decade now, Medlar.
The pair first joined forces five years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele’s label to remix the title track from his last album,You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer’s respect for the history of Afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths that really stood out.
Bank Of Rhythms
The track was an instant classic, and it soon became clear that the Afrobeat Ambassador and Peckham producer needed to make some music together. Having never actually met during the remix process, the dating began, and luckily the two were clearly a perfect match.
After some weeks of pinging ideas back and forth, and spending time in the studio together, it became obvious that this project was also something they could take out live. As so it has been, from their modest debut performance in East London last spring, to playing festivals across the UK and beyond. Never the same show twice, their shows are based around a bank of rhythms on MPC which come alive when combined with Dele’s vocals and improvisational keyboard explorations, all of which are dubbed out live by Medlar. Their musical journey is always unpredictable, vibrant and often quite surprising!
With this in mind, when picking tracks they’d developed on the road over the last year to take into the studio,Full Moon evolved into what might be best described as a bossa nova meets country & western lounge track, suitable for sipping cocktails to on a beach, or perhaps in your back garden in the current situation! Dele’s playful and uplifting lyrics, alongside sweet harmonies from Ellen Murphy, provide something of a panacea for the strange times we’re living in..
And in case you were wondering, we’ve arranged for there to be a full moon on release night for maximum effect!
“This is really great this track. Really great . It’s coming out on Wah Wah 45s. Dele Sosimi with Medlar… They played after at me at Oval Space and they were brilliant!” Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM / BBC 6Music)
“Really lovely vibe. WIll support.” Nightmares on Wax
“Beautiful!” Ashley Beedle (Ramrock / Xpress 2 / Ballistic Brothers)
“Very Sun Palace!” Quinton Scott (Strut Records)
“This is right up my alley. Need this on vinyl! Full length is the vibe, will play on wwfm.” Sampology (Australia)
“Excellent!” Bill Brewster (DJ History)
“Such a nice spacey Balearic African electronic jam” Alex From Tokyo
“Fantastic” Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic)
“Nice!” Erica McKoy (Worldwide FM)
“Super exciting!” Markus Thon (Jazzanova & Friends, Berlin)
“Electronic tropical vibe on this one. great song!” DJ Soulist (Souleance, France)
“Very nice!” Alexander Barck (Jazzanova, Berlin)
“Good vibe!” Toshio Matsuura (Worldwide FM, Tokyo)
“Love Dele. LOVE HIM!” Sarah Evans (BBC/Vinyl Factory)
“Dream team match this” Stewart Patterson (Faith / Mi-Soul)
“Nice summer track!” Anders (Mellotron / Worldwide FM)
Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM)
Aly Gillani (Bandcamp Weekly)
Tim Garcia (Jazz FM)
Russ Jones (SOAS Radio)
Village Cuts (Soho Radio)
Jordan Scudder (Amazing Radio)
Amazing Radio Audition Show finalist
Dr. Bob Jones (The Surgery, Totally Wired Radio)
DJ Harv (Point Blank FM)
Stewart Patterson (Mi-Soul)