DELE SOSIMI X MEDLAR / GÚDÚ GÚDÚ KAN

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House Music Instincts

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.

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.

Afro-disco Stomper

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 set 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!

“This is really great this track. Really great!” Gilles Peterson

Following on from the first single, Full Moon, which received strong support from both Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan on BBC 6Music, and the subsequent remix from Dutch masters Detroit Swindle, Dele and Medlar return with Gúdú Gúdú Kan – their own take on an Afro-disco stomper. The title refers to the role the snare drum plays and its relationship with Ìyá Ìlù kan, or the kick drum. It’s a simple but very effective metaphor for this unique musical collaboration where once again the pair forge a sound that’s all their own.

Gúdú Kan Ìyá ìlù Kan
Gúdú Kan Ìyá ìlù Kan – Ehn – Ìyá Ìlù kan
Gúdú Kan Ìyá ìlù Kan
Gúdú Kan Ìyá ìlù Kan – Ejòór!

Be on the lookout for the final piece of the puzzle when Daz-I-Kue’s remix of Gúdú Gúdú Kan drops in September, with all four releases becoming available on limited edition vinyl in October, also featuring that much sought after Medlar remix of You No Fit Touch Am!

Reactions

“Another chance to lose yourself, in the best possible way, to Dele Sosimi and Medlar and Gúdú Gúdú Kan. This is on Wah Wah 45s” Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music)

“Love Dele’s work. Another cracker from Wah Wah – boss!” Jonathan More (Coldcut)

“Killer” Jim Garcia (Jazz FM)

“Love this! Will spin.” Sampology (Worldwide FM)

“Enjoying the Afro / crossover vibes from Dele and Medlar” Marco (Darker Than Wax)

“After Full Moon, this is a much deeper cut by the duo. Can’t wait to hear the Daz-I-Kue remix next month!” Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission Radioshow, WYEP)

 

Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music)

Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music)

John Warr (Totally Radio)

Toshio Matsuura (Radio Tokyo Moon, Inter FM89.7, Japan)

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