DELE SOSIMI / YOU NO FIT TOUCH AM – RETOUCHED

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Radio support from Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 6 Music, Patrick Forge, Kev Beadle, Bob Jones and many more worldwide.

You No Fit Touch Am has been universally received with open arms. A perfect document of the lessons Dele learned in Fela Kuti’s ranks during the 70s and 80s, but brought firmly up-to-date and with contemporary social comment as vital to the afrobeat genre as any rhythm or instrument. To take that forward thinking even further Wah Wah 45s commissioned four huge remixes from some of the UKs most interesting new production names.

Incendiary Music

Tru Thoughts’ no-nonsense house producer Titeknots first delivered us a massive tropical-house take on Sanctuary back in January. Gaining radio support from Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 Music, Wah Wah 45s received an endless amount of requests for this to appear on vinyl, so here we are. Alongside it Wolf Music legend and in-demand house remixer Medlar brings an, intense and insistent disco flavoured rework. To complete the package two relatively new production duos bring quite distinctly different versions. Warsaw artists Ptaki take on slow burner We Siddon We Dey Look with characteristic punch and new London outfit Modified Man light a broken beat fire under the album title track You No Fit Touch Am.

Four tracks of killer dancefloor fodder for pretty much every occasion. Taking the already incendiary music of Dele Sosimi in a more angular and electronic direction, worthy of a rare 12″ release on the Wah Wah imprint, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Positive Force

Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became both Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to concentrate on his own solo career and, with diligent patience, carved out his own Afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit and deliver Fela classics alongside his own compositions from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times, and Identity.

London’s new Afrobeat king is here to party and you’re all welcome to join in!

Reactions

“Absolutely killer, nice work!” Miles Cleret, Soundway Records (UK)

“Groovy! 5/5” Savvas Chantzaridis, DJ Radio Producer (Greece)

“Nice remix package !!!” Mark Milz, Further in Fusion, Radio Corax 95.9fm (Germany)

“Nice set of remixes” Kev Beadle, Solar Radio (UK)

“Titeknots is one of my fave producers for the right groove in the club, never fails…once again a good job done.” Jan Hagenkoetter, Jazznotjazz / INFRACom! (Germany)

“Titeknots remix of Sanctuary is massive. Can’t wait to drop that tomorrow at our Dia de Los Muertos party. Perfect blend of the old and new school afro sounds.” Glyn Griffiths aka Senor Grif, Rambunctious Social Club / Jelly Jazz (UK)

“Love the “Nu Afrobeat”! It sounds great to me, when mix together classical afrobeat with new directions of electronic music.” Dj Monsta, Radio Station (Latvia)

“Fine selection of dance remixes. Medlar mix takes the title track into 80s disco territory so its the Modified Man remix with its synth driven backdrops that work for me best, with the Ptaki dubby mix coming up a close second. Sanctuary Titeknots remix remains a favourite.” John Warr / AfroBase, Juice 107.2 (Brighton, UK)

“Medlar remix is very subtle with classic nuances. Titeknots is my favourite taking risks with real authority. Ptaki is brilliant, the setting reminds me of the Kwanza posse Fela driven track of a few years ago. A tour de force all round – dance floor domination ahoy” Debbie Golt (UK)

“Nice Combo of remixes of the best afro album of the year!” Christos Exarchopoulos, Musica-re, Black Radio Berlin, Up’n’Loud (Germany)

“Big release! Love it!” DJ Gilla, First Word Records (UK)

“Sounding very nice indeed! Top choices on the remixers, another quality release from the Wah Wah camp! 5/5” Luke Bolton, Bolts, Fly High Society/So Flute (UK)

“Well played sir! 5/5” Junior, Eavesdrop Radio – WKDU 91.7FM Philly / Recordbreakin.com (USA)

“Loving Modified Man and Medlar mixes!” Chris Knight, Astrojazz (UK)

“Spoilt for choice again. Marvelous headache.” Dan Wesker, Detektor FM (Germany)

“Titeknots remix is really cool” Josef Sedlon, Radio 1 (Prague, Czech Republic)

“Titeknots Remix is my favorite. Good Afro Beat vibes!” Azaxx, Tru Thoughts (France)

“Great package of tracks with a outstanding MEDLAR Remix! 5/5” Lorenzo Al Dino, Jockey Club Ibiza (Spain)

Sammy W, Tobus Ltd (Germany) “Nice work!”

“Love the Medlar remix – funk and house, while keeping the afro tones of the original!” Nick Rayman, Barricade Radio (UK)

“Dele is a great success, but alongside Titeknots… bomb! 5/5” Ivan Mera, Higher Street radio show (Spain)

“Another great release for WAH WAH! 5/5” DJ Toon, Eastside Radio Funkdafied (Australia)

“Love these remixes and can’t wait to rock some dancefloors with these bombs!! 5/5” Jeff Fellows aka Dj Strangefellow (Indonesia)

“Really like the Medlar mix! 5/5” David Bassin, FreeFall/KUSF (USA)

“Heavy remixes, yo! 5/5” Velanche, Urban Landscapes (USA)

“Very subtle electronic disco revision of Dele Sosimi groove. Wonderful work.” Olivier Cavaller, Delabonnemusique.fr, www.rinse.fr (France)

“Brillant release! 5/5” Robert Lochmann aka DJ Jazzmadass, Radio X (Frankfurt, Germany)

“Very nice remix package! The Medlar Remix is my favourite here, also great: Ptaki Remix, Titeknots Remix. 5/5” Sven Thomschke ‘Dr.Best’, Radio Z 95.8 (Germany)

Ross Wakefield, Hideout Sessions/Part-Time Heroes/Frankson (UK) “SMASHER!!!!!! 5/5”

“Great. Nice to see Ptaki in there.” Bradley Zero, Rhythm Section (UK)

“Have been hammering the Titeknots remix for some time and just love it.. the medlar mix is great for the footwork crews! love it. Another storming release from my favourite label!!” David Kerslake, Dj Expression (UK)

“This is a nice package of remixes from London’s afrobeat man of the moment. The disco edged Medlar remix gets the nod as my favourite track.” Steve Johns, Solar Radio (London, UK)

“Feeling the ‘Medlar Remix’ the most, overall though a flawless package, can’t wait to feature on the show!! 5/5” Alan O’ Malley, Shoreditch Radio (UK)

“Quality remixes” Simon Harrison, Basic Soul radio show (UK)

“These remixes are really great. Love the diversity of the EP.” Christoph, ByteFM (Germany)

“Love the Medlar remix, fun! Supporting” Jason Pulaski, Innamissions Radio (USA)

“Lovely remixes for a lovely album. Scored again Wah Wah 45ers! 5/5” Mickey Duke, Brighton FM (UK)

“OMG, how cool is the Medlar Remix?! Also the Ptaki Remix. 5/5” Hans-Peter Ostermuenchner, Publication Artistxite (Germany)

“Medlar and Titeknots mixes for me” Mad Mats, Local Talk, Basic Fingers (Sweden)

“Enjoying the Medlar mix and the Ptaki mix. Both a few producers that I have been listening to of late on Delusions of Grandeur and Young Adults respectively.” Joaquin Garcia DJ, affiliation with KCRW (USA)

“Good stuff. Love the Ptaki and Titleknots remix.” Rupert & Mennert, Compost, Weird Pigs (Netherlands)

“Diggin the whole EP” Jesse De La Pena, Vocalo Radio (Chicago, USA)

“Great remixes courtesy of Wah Wah 45s!” Ade Adeyemo, Afro Beat – Radio (UK)

“Great package of Fresh ideas. Full support will be given. 5/5” DJ Jmmy Mac, The Soul Purpose radio show (Australia)

“Medlar Remix is very nice!” Toshio Matsuura, InterFM (Japan)

“I wasn’t expecting to like anything in this package given my preference for organic sounds. However the Modified Man mix is one of the best broken tracks I’ve heard in a while and the Medlar and Titeknots are both very good if less my bag. Proper remixes for a proper artist.” Patrick Forge, Mi Soul / NTS (UK)

“Beautiful remix” Julien Donaz, Radio RTU (France)

“Loving the You No Fit Touch Am mixes especially.” Tom Headfunk, Mondomix and Vectis Radio (UK)

“Great (re)work!” Dobo Marzov, The “45 RPM” Radio Show (Bulgaria)

“Digging the 80s / synth touches on all of these.  Fave for Medlar remix and Ptaki Remix. smoothness! 5/5” Citizen Zain, KALX 90.7FM (US)

“We siddon we dey look is a fantastic downtempo track that will definitely fit into a beach/poolside set next summer” Andy sharp, Stomp Radio (UK)

“The Modified Man & Titeknots are the ones for me here” Chris Read, BBE (UK)

“Very cool electronic Reworks – in stile very different. I like them all! 5/5” Stefan Guther, Radio Funkhaus Europa (Berlin, Germany)

“Killer remixes to turn Afrobeat into today’s upfront musical message. Modified Man remix shows exactly how to fit the bill nicely! ” Oliver Korthals, The Mojo Radio Show, NDR FM 90.3 (Germany)

“Four great remixes. I’ll be supporting on my radio show.” Nelson Ramalho, Powerfm.org (Ireland)

“I’ve been playing out the LP tracks and the Titeknots remix a LOT, going to be playing this EP loads as well… especially the Medlar remix, that hypnotic afro/disco vibe works so well! Really solid remix package, will be picking up the vinyl when it drops!” Dave Fortune, My First Moth Records (UK)

“The dancefloor going to need repairing after this little lot” Paul ‘ABBO’Abbott, Stomp Radio (UK)

“Love this! All about ‘you No Fit Touch Am’ (Medlar Remix) for me, it will getting my full support.” Johnny Reckless, Club various / Colourful Radio (UK)

“Not normally a fan of house beats but with the flair of Dele’s vocals and the originality of these producers, I’ll definitely be working these into some sets. Very top stuff! 5/5″Leo Mallon, Jaheire.com (Ireland)

“Nice mixes!” Karsten John, Vinyl Vibes (Germany)

“Such a nice original album, and still it steps to another level” Dj Bunuel, Radio Helsinki (Finland)

“The Medlar and Ptaki remixes are killers!” Phil Horneman, Wicked Jazz Sounds & Red Light Radio/Funk-Jazz 22tracks (Netherlands)

“Yes really nice thanks. Looking forward to playing it later tonight” Rita Maia, Resonance FM (UK)

“Very playable” Olly Love, The Disablists 5x DMC (UK)

“Very nice!!! 5/5” Modestas, Love In Slow Motion (Lithuania)

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, BBC6 Music, Playlist 5/12/2015

Christos Exarchopoulos, Republic 100.3 Radio – Greece

Radio Funkhaus Europa – Germany, Playlist Beat The Night 28/11/2015

Andy Sharp, Stomp Radio – London

Toshio Matsuura, Radio “Tokyo Moon” Playlist
John Warr, AfroBase, Totally Radio and Radio Reverb (United Kingdom)
Radio Mukambo (Belgium)