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).
Unique Musical Presence
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 In that way, the song is a rejection of outdated, traditional roles.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 September 29th 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.
“Reminds me of the first time I heard Amy Winehouse with the Dap Kings” – Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Love” Amrisha, Radar Radio, UK
“Absolutely bloody AMAZING. Future Rare Groove.” DJ Chewy, RWD Mag
“Dope remix” – Alex Attias, Switzerland
“Cool stuff!” – Renegades Of Jazz, Germany
“Just woah, will definitely support this release, both the original edit and the Envee Remix.” Maragakis, LA, USA
“Beautiful soulful vocals and great horn sounds. A real urgent soul release.” DJ Mr Lob, Melbourne, Australia
“Raaaaa! this one’s HEAVY!. When’s the album out?…” – DJ Create
“Love the vocals. Looking forward to hearing more from this intriguing band.” – DJ Osric, Perth, Australia
“Lovely track and remix. Cheers Wah Wah” – Mickey Jukes, UK
“Good vibes! I like this remix ;)” – Opez, Spain
“Awesome gospel soul, like both mixes” – Oli C-Burn, UK
“Epic big soulful beats !” – Aja Allsop, UK
“Dig it!” – Michael Ambrosino, Soulandjazz.com
“Top track, great remix.” – Lowell Walbank, Reform Radio, UK
“Lovin this especially the Envee remix” – Jon Brent, Dusk Dubs, UK
“Very nice! Looking forward to dropping this into Soul Nouveau. Thank you” – Tim Quigley, Groovera New Modern Radio, USA
“That voice! Like the remix too.” – Jamie Renton, Chilli Fried, UK
“Wow, this is soulful. 2 excellent sides” – Robert Lochmann, Radio X, Germany
“The Envee remix is the one for me.” – Jim McMaster, TNGC Radio, UK
“Who needs a remix, when the original is so strong? Great tune!” – Dan Wesker, Detektor FM
“Lovin the original mix of Sinner, it’s the raw production and those pleading vocals. Quality!” – Bob James, Mi-Soul Radio, UK
“Great signing, guys! Class release!” – Kevin Hughes, Spain
“Yes! This does sound bloody great 🙂 Envee Remix for the club…” – Fergus Murphy, Gass Records, UK
“This is worth your attention whoever you are.” – Måns Strömberg, Radio Helsinki, Finland
“Nice and chilled!” – Bern Leckie, Chill Radio
“This is pretty special, the ‘Original’ shines bright with that scorching vocal, ‘Envee’ has taken the song onto another level though for clubs, one of the highlight releases of the week!!” – Alan O’Malley, Pulse Radio, Ireland
“Serious tune! And Envee’s work is really proper!” – Dobromir Marzov, Bulgaria National Radio
“Strong!” – Toshio Matsuura, Inter FM, Japan
Sinner (Envee Remix) – Further In Fusion, Radio Corax
Sinner (Envee Remix) – Toshio Matsuura, Inter FM
Sinner (Envee Remix) – Playlisted on The Shizzle, Bay FM
Sinner – Charted at No.3 on The Zuzu Club’s Picks, Juno
Sinner – Kohti Valoa, Radio Helsinki