Wah Wah 45s are proud to present the third album, and first on the label, for vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, painter, carpenter, raconteur and one of the most talented and unique artists you’re likely to encounter – Gideon Conn. Hip Hop Original sums this man up in those three words, and it’s an album that tells tales of everyday life, love and relationships, politics, the law and even sport, all delivered in Gideon’s unique style. It also delivers some of Gideon’s most personal lyricism to date.
The album features some of the finest female vocalists working in the UK today – namely erstwhile Resonator, Bunty; Matthew Halsall collaborator and artist in her own right, Josephine Oniyama; a lady we first discovered via her work with The Boxettes, Yvette Riby-Williams; as well as regular collaborator, Hazel Tratt.
Hailing from Manchester, England, Gideon Conn is something of a one-off. His charming energy, quick wit and unique vocal often stun, and sometimes confuse, but in the end, audiences and listeners inevitably fall in love with this enigmatic, incomparable troubadour’s warmth and showmanship.
As much influenced by Joan as Policewoman and Simon & Garfunkle as by Aretha and Stevie or Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Gideon’s eclectic take on hip hop music is unparalleled with its soulful, humorous edge and intricate, inventive lyricism.
Having already garnered fans as diverse as Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson and Shaun Keaveney on BBC 6Music, Rob da Bank (Bestival) and John Kennedy (XFM) the next stage in Gideon’s story is already eagerly anticipated by radio, press, festival goers and the army of fans he’s garnered over the years.
“Unique sounds and words for sure, Gideon must be a very funny and talented man! Wah Wah is still one of the finest labels on earth. 5/5” Tibor Mozsik / DJ Keyser, Tilos Radio FM90.3 (Hungary)
“Gideon Conn, my new hero! 5/5” Hans-Peter Ostermuenchner, Publication, Artist Xite (Germany)
“I believe in world peace, do you?” Georgios Paroglou, label manager/DJ (Greece)
“Music of a bespoke kind, love it” Paul ‘ABBO’Abbott, Stomp Radio (UK)
“If you can imagine the look of a Jonny Trunk crossed with rapper, producer and spoken word artist Ben Chijioke (aka Ty), you’d get pretty close to Gideon Conn – and he proves it with the opening track ‘Sweet Music’ on this new album ‘Hip Hop Original’ Gerry Hectic, Futuristica Music, Jazz Chronicles, Secret Garden FM (UK)
” ‘I Just Don’t Know You Very Well’ exhudes quirky, humor and attractiveness. And if you like that, you’ll love ‘In The Abstract’ and ‘You make Me Smile’. Gerry Hectic Futuristica Music, Jazz Chronicles, Secret Garden FM (UK)
“Good vibe ! Well done dude !”Johan, Radio Prun’ (France)
DJ Toon, Eastside Radio Funkdafied (Australia) “One in a million!”
“Something nica and different 5/5” Robert Lochmann aka DJ Jazzmadass, Radio x (Frankfurt)
“Cool!” Sammy W, Tobus (Germany)
“Gideon Conn & Wah Wah 45s, perfect combination! Been waiting for new music from Gideon since I saw him support Scroobius Pip a few years back. This new album doesn’t disapoint.” Nick Rayman, Barricade Radio (UK)
“Groovy unique style.” Sam Allen, Stellar Inflight, Radio & Eastside 89.7FM (Sydney, Australia)
“Fresh, soulful and ‘back in the days’ special feelings. Favorite track:The Modern Age” Olivier Cavaller, De la Bonne Musique, Rinse Radio (France)
“LOVE IT!” Rupert & Mennert, Compost, Weird Pigs (Netherlands)
“It’s De La contemporary style! Really interesting.” Ivan Mera, Higher Street Radio Show (Spain)
“Quirky. dope!” Dayo, Metro 97.7fm (Nigeria)
“Have to say this really is growing on me, haven’t stopped playing it since I listened again Wah Wah putting out great music.” David Kerslake, DJ Expression, What’s hot Radio (UK)
“This album is so interesting!” Dobo Marzov, The “45 RPM” Radio Show (Bulgaria)
“Compelling listening!” Pete Steel, Brum Radio (UK)
“When an artist sounds like a lot of great musicians but in the end most of all only reminds of himself, he is on the spot. Gideon Conn is like that.” Dj Bunuel, Radio Helsinki, Radio YLE1, (Finland)
“Very original and fresh. Love it.” DJ Jimmy Mac, The Soul Purpose Radio Show (Australia)
“Played ‘I just don’t know you very well’ on the last show. Very happy to have the whole thing now. 5/5” Dan Wesker, Detektor FM (Germany)
“Original, Dope and entertaining. Good work again Wah Wah crew5/5” Mickey Duke, Brighton FM (UK)
“I tire of hip-hop easily these days, so this is very refreshing. ‘You Make Me Smile’ is locking me on repeat; very beautiful track. 5/5” Velanche, Urban Landscapes (US)
“Nice album from GIDEON CONN! Favourites: ‘One In A Million’, ‘The Modern Age’ and ‘Mind Original’.” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best’, Radio Z 95.8 (Germany)