Just in time for Halloween, Wah Wah 45s unleash a splendidly spooky seven incher from Brighton’s very own Lee “Scratch” Perry, the one and only Richie Phoe. His take on the Jacko classic is a brutally bass worrying dance floor dub delight, complete with sinister sound effects and cackles galore! On the flip, Richie gives Leon Haywood’s much sampled classic, “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You” the deathly dub treatment too – look out for those pertifying piano licks!
Hailing from Brighton, UK, Richie Phoe’s trademark reggae productions have garnered attention from tastemakers and DJs alike. In addition to accolades from Rob Da Banks’ Sunday Best Recordings, Richie was personally commissioned by Rob to remix Max Sedgley’s Celebrity. A Jon Kennedy remix for Grand Central soon followed, and yet more support would come as Sinful was included in the esteemed Rob Da Bank and Chris Coco “Listen Again” compilation.
In 2008 Richie released the critically lauded “Eye on the Prize EP”, featuring UK Reggae legend Tippa Irie, which gained BBC radio play from Huw Stephens, Mark Lammar, Rob Da Bank and an interview on Steve Lamacq’s Radio 2 show..
Richie’s first forays into the world of music production began on his Amiga 500, back in the early ’90s; by 1999 he’d progressed to an MPC 2000 and began making his own beats, inspired by the likes of De La Soul and D.I.T.C. As his style progressed he started collecting reggae vinyl and began DJing at reggae and hip-hop nights weekly in clubs and bars in Portsmouth. Bringing deep and positive vibes to the dance floor, and more recently working with Wah Wah 45s’ very own Resonators, Richie has earned the aforementioned title of “Brighton’s Lee Scratch Perry”.
“Richie is Brighton’s Lee Scratch Perry!”
Rob Da Bank BBC Radio 1
“Phoe’s music is bouncy dub at it’s very best”
Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1
“Maybe not pop as we know it, but it should be””
Music Week magazine
“Roll on the album we say.”
“I like it man, I like the whole record.” Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music, UK)
“Lovin’ it!” Djouls (Paris DJs, France)
“A horrible tune, Dr. Phibes on the organ and bloody artwork … what else do one need ? A killer 7!” Don Rogall (Bassy Club, Germany)
“An interesting take on an MJ classic, RICHIE PHOE – THRILLER is a dub Killer!” Ash Selector (Solar Radio, UK)
“Absolutely love this, and as I see and hear Mr Perry less I was looking for someone to transfer my aural attractions to!” Chris Brown AKA DJ Dapper Dan (Forest 92.3FM, UK)
“The Leon Haywood take is killer! Want to play it out next Wednesday when warming up for Fat Freddy’s Drop in Cologne.” Michael Ruetten (Soul Searching / Compost Radio, Germany)
“Spoooookyyyy!” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“Loving this! Awesome! I will add it to rotation this week.” Jesse De La Pena (Vocalo Radio, Chicago 89.5fm & 90.7fm, USA)
“Played the Thriller on my show last night and just listening to the playback…sounds dark and dangerous bro…nice one!” Fitzroy Da Buzzboy (Soul Survivors, UK)
“EXCELLENT !!! I like. Will support and play it.” Azaxx (Tru Thoughts, France)
“This is very cool – especially the A-side – very nice.” Paris Pompor (Eastside 89.7FM, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)
“Love it! Will play out and on the radio show.” Alex Attias (Switzerland)
“Finally got time to listen to this and man it’s come at a perfect time as I am playing two Halloween parties this weekend in Melbourne! I love the old school feel and the rhythm on both tracks kind of stays with ya. Even though slow they both made me want to get up and skunk somewhat slowly!
“That Thriller cover version is HEAVY! definitely gonna pick up the 7” when it’s out! Dave My First Moth Records (UK)
“Killer! Love these beats! Definitely will play that!” DJ Laurel (Sound Diving, Belarus)
“Very cool release. Not usually a dub man but this one is a little special.
Full Support!!” Diesler (Buried Treasure / Tru Thoughts, UK)
Wow! What a remarkable release! I will be charting it highly and put it into heavy rotation as soon as possible.” Stephen Hernandez (Radio Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
“Richie Phoe’s 7″ is absolutely fantastic! I think it isn’t possible to do a better Dub-Version of Jacko’s classic… But I love both tunes/versions on this release. Full score!” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best'(Radio Z, Germany)
“Love it! Well scary!” Ross Wakefield (Part-Time Heroes, UK)
“I filled in for Big Red on our Sunday morning show Breaks Of Dawn yesterday and gave it a spin and tonight, in an as live pre-record, I’ll be playing it on the After Hours Selection in my little Halloween selection, alongside The Herbaliser’s Something Wicked, Dusty’s Spooky and Lou Rawls’s version of Season Of The Witch.” Dave Shepherd, Kane FM (UK)
“Yeah that’s wicked!” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
“Thanks for the link plus 7” in the post – I played the wrong side on this week’s show but I did not have to rewind or edit because it b-side is excellent to! Will drop “Thriller” on next week’s show!” Simon Harrison (Basic Soul, UK)
“WOW So cool! Dropping this tonight! Thriller is so well done, a very tasteful rework.” DJ Nelson Ramalho (UK)
“B Side for me all day long, although the A Side is very apt for this time of year.” DJ Johnny Cush (Shoreditch Radio, UK)
“Loving both the versions on this, perfect for Sunday morning. Will be spinning these for a little I think!” Mike Shea (Kane FM, UK)
Radio play: Huey Morgan, BBC 6Music (UK); Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio 1 (UK); Vocalo Radio, Chicago 89.5fm & 90.7fm, USA; Radio Phoenix, USA; Eastside 89.7FM, Australia; Jon Oliver, East Village Radio, USA; Michael Ruetten, Radio X, Frankfurt, Germany; Josef Sedlon, Radio 1 (Czech Republic) http://www.radio1.cz/tracklisty/detail/2221; Simon Harrison, Basic Soul (UK); Dave Shepherd & Mike Shea, Kane FM (UK); Jason Pulaski KUCI 88.9FM (USA)