HONEYFEET / WHATEVER YOU DO

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Fear Mongering

On 2nd March Wah Wah 45s released Whatever You Do, by the new single by their latest signing, Honeyfeet. The song premiered on Craig Charles’ BBC 6 Music show on 6th January.

Whatever You Do follows the release of the single Sinner, which received plays on BBC 6 Music, with the accompanying video premiering on Clash Music. Whatever You Do showcases the band’s unique brand of folk-hop. Combined with oom-pah, the song addresses the fear-mongering of the press.

For the last couple of years Honeyfeet 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, and the aforementioned folk and hip hop into their music.

Traditional Influences

The band are fronted by Ríoghnach Connolly – also known for her work with cult dance-folk group Afro Celt Sound System and Real World artists The Breath – “a remarkable singer and flautist who…can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul” (The Guardian). The line up on this record is completed by Rik Warren (vocals/harmonica), Gus Fairbairn (tenor sax), Biff Roxby (trombone/vocals), Ellis Davies (guitar), Lorien Edwards (bass guitar), John Ellis (keyboards) and David Schlechtriemen (drums).

Since their self-released debut 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. Drummer Phill Howley joined Honeyfeet as a full time member in January 2016, bringing his unique groove to the band.

Reactions

“Sweet!” – Mathieu Schreyer, KCRW Los Angeles

“Punchy, soulful and the right kind of dirty. Honeyfeet started out amazing and just get better and better.” – Jamie Renton, Chilli Fried / Shout Collective / fRoots

“Love it! From the harmonica to the soulful vocal – this is a cracker. Remixes?” – Nick, Village Underground / The Old Market / Juice 107.2 / Kiss FM

“Dope, those vocals are silky!” – Herma Puma

“Beautiful – nearly wrote beatiful – which is also good description … perfect instruments and voice and lyrics interweaving – thank you – certainly play. I am playing at V&A for International Women’s Day so will almost certainly include it there as well” Debbie G, Resonance 104.4FM / Wycombe Sound London / High Wycombe

“Yes yes YES!!!!! And Just in Time for my radio show tonight on Wandsworth Radio www.wandsworthradio.com” – Gordon Wedderburn, Wandsworth Radio / GW Jazz

“Boom! Can’t wait for the gig at Refreshment Rooms! Will big it up and play on tonights show x” – Christopher Davies, Hoxton Radio

“Thanks!” Jim Wood, 8trackmusic

“Like it. Synch potential too!”  – Shiv Kalaria, BSkyB

“Love it! xx k.” – Katja Ruge, Moire Club Hamburg (Germany)

“Something different as always – great vocal” – Andrew Sharp, Stomp Radio / Soul Survivors

“Well done.” – Lorenzo, Jockey Club Ibiza, Tiburon Formentera, Royal Plastic Radio Show Ibiza, Lust & Leben Magazin

“Soulfull!!!” – Psycut Vince, 22Tracks / Jazz Attitudes

“Cool Vibe. Playlisted on my next show.” – Olivier Cavaller, www.delabonnemusique.fr / www.rinse.fr

“Honeyfeet are certainly a band to watch for the future!! All about that seducing voice from Rioghnach, looking forward to sharing this new single on the show!!” – Alan, Multi Storey Soul Radio Show, RTE Pulse Dublin (Ireland)

“High energy stuff – love it!” – DJ Osric, RTRFM, (Perth, Western Australia)

“Love this vibe” – Jon Brent The Full Spectrum Radio Show / www.duskdubs.com

“Good mood adult radio.” – Rene Josquin, Format Analog / Monkey / Solar / Sisyphos /

“Great mixture!” – Iván Mera, Higher Street

“Do love that harmonica. Great sounding stuff!” – Dan, Detektor FM

“Yes yes YES!!!!!!!” – Gordon Wedderburn, GW Jazz

“Fresh!!!” – Markus Milz, ”Further in Fusion” Radio Corax 95.9fm (Germany)

“Sounding quite 20s inspired. I like the cross generation/genre defying vibe” – Mark Purdy, KLFM 96.7

“Good one!” – Chris Exarchopoulos, Black Radio Berlin – Up’n’Loud Radio / Black Radio Berlin Blog

“Fantastic!” – Sammy, Al Stellar Entertainment

“Super funky and fun!” – Susan Schwartz, Platinum Rye Entertainment

“COOL” – Paula Frost, Kane FM / www.wayoutradio.com

“Interesting!” – Danny Slade, Herald Radio/ iDj Magazine/ Zone Magazine (South Wales)

“Set up track with a funny touch. Good mood for out there – perfect for our Radio. Will play the Track in following news daytime playlists for sure.” – Rolf Aeschimann, Open Broadcast / Red Cat (Zurich)

“Love!” – Amrisha, Radar Radio / www.iamrisha.com

“Great tune” – Jim McMaster, TNGCRADIO.COM

“I like this groove, thank you!” – Barry Burns, Deben Radio CIC, Laid Back Radio Brussels (Belgium)

“Nice track!” – Jason Deckstatic, No.8, XL, Space Ibiza NYC, 1 Oak Southampton

“Just mint sounds .. the sorta thing that will set a blaze the hipster hippy festival goes .. Nice vocals with sumptuous horns . making for a quintessential summer addition to your wordily DJ set .. Quality thanks .. hope there is an album on the way Wah Wah!” –  Simon Garside, VolcanoRadio / Mu Bar – Christchurch NZ / Pulzar FM / Fresh FM

“Fun and unique tune. Will definitely give this a spin.” – Jeff Fellows, Dusk Music

“Great release, will give it a go.” – Sammy, Tobus Rec

“Terrible! 5/5” – Seb, www.radiokrimi.com/

“Nice tune.” – DJ Expression What’s Hot Radio

“Good track, nice work!!!” – Timos, Reverb Nation (Greece)

“Like it.” – DJ Lamp, Coalition, The Hub, Radio Reverb, Coastway Radio (Brighton)

“A track that takes you on a dreamy folk laden journey.” – Steven Solar Radio (London)

“Absolute musical gold!” – Leo, www.jaheire.com (Ireland)

“Nice!” – MP Marcus, Innacityfm, Urban Jazz Radio  (London)

“Pretty dope!” – Susan Schwartz, Platinum Rye Entertainment

“FAN !” – Clément, Plum FM, France

“Love this. Added to playlist. Cheers LP” – NLR Roots Radio

“Nice tune!” – Sven Thomschke, Radio Z 95.8 (Germany)

“Perfect for FM rotations” – Cesare Cera, Nu Lounge / Gru Radio / radio Fujiko / Ex-Forno / Radio Bologna Uno

“Sounds so fresh and springy! Love it :)” – Dobromir Marzov, The ’45 RPM’ radio show on Radio Varna (part of the Bulgarian National Radio)

“Nice release, Wah Wah 45s! Thanks, Selector Stiliyan /Love & Happiness Music, BG/” – Stiliyan Angelov

“Excellent. Really groovin. One of those tracks that instantly grabs your attention. Will support.” – David Cullen, Oban FM

“A very enjoyable listen” – DJ Osric, RTRFM, Perth, Western Australia

“Love it! Will support!” – Weird Pigs, Compost Records

“Nice!” – Hector Pizarro, Vallee FM, Paris

 

 

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