Wow! The Wah Wah 45s’ hit machine continues at a pace as Volume 2 is packed with the usual high standard tunes and some tasty special bits
It kicks off with some cool Scandinavian soul-jazz-swing from Sesong that came out last year on a 12″. A summer hit if there ever was one and a timely reminder of how good it is. It made the playlist of Radio Oxigenio in Portugal but really we should be hearing this on the mainstream BBC Radio stations and theJazz DAB (now there’s an opening for a Speedy type DJ?)
Similarly, Rosie Brown’s bushel should be removed. The track here is equally as good as the two tracks on Vol.1 of Underground Hits and Exclusive Bits.
You could easily skip ‘Bend’ by Speeka (also see Gum Drop) as an imitation of Radiohead’s madness but I’d urge you to stick with it. Staying with problems medical, ‘Melancoholic’ (Your Love Blinds Me)’ keeps the Norwegian leftfield moose jazz connection and has Landside fell out of his hospital bed? With some help from Ernesto they’re in ‘Solitary’. Don’t leave them on their own as it’s another soul-drenched grower with dubstep leanings and some big brass.
Now what is going to get conscious hip hop jazzy folks excited is the partnership of Jamie Finlay and Dwayne Morgan on ‘Any Given Sunday’. Not as raw as the Spasm Band of Anthony Joseph’s , Leggo De Lion but what a session that would be at Favorite Things if they all turned up for some freestyle!
And if the aim of Mr. Servini and Mr. Simon Goss is to tease our excitement buds with these exclusive bits, they are doing a great job as Scrimshire’s ‘Warm Sounds’ is the folky-soulful-jazziness that we more often associate with other labels than Wah Wah 45s. Scrimshire provides the ideal backing to Inga Lill Aker’s lovely ‘Warm Sound’ vocals.
Talc continue to put their tongues firmly in their bowler hats as ‘Wonder Bar’ is inspired by some Wham meets Hall & Oats strangeness. I couldn’t believe it! (Ed. OK, Victor) as there’s an indie band on MTV who claim the four of them met as the raced onto the dancefloor when the DJ played Hall & Oats’ “Maneater’! Perhaps Talc will be equally as influedential one day when the DJ drops ‘Wonder Bar’ at the students union disco. Also included is ‘It’s Only Perfect’ (originally on the 12″, ‘Garden Of Dance‘) and PTH Projects ‘What The Sun Brings’ (on the reverse of the new Pretend Paradise remix 12″). Both have big dollops of 70s influences and are sounding especially good at the moment; probably as Mr. Hancock’s fusion buddy Eddie Henderson is in town (see HERE).
While on the subject of trumpet players, Andrew Coleman’s first connection with Wah Wah 45′s was on the 12″, ‘Little Trumpet‘. Since then,’El Niño’ slipped out by on a 7″ and the brilliant ‘Big Band Version’ is included here. The Latin dance theme continues with a Spritual South remix of Srimshire’s ‘You Will Save Me’ with typical manic beats and big spacey synths and jazzy keys. It’s Wah Wah 12013 for the vinyl and it’s great to hear Jessica Lauren again.
With an “every one’s a winner!” mentality, this compilation rarely fails and if you don’t believe me, as Sesong would say, “you’re in for a surprise”.
The launch party is at London’s Cargo next Friday. Live on stage will be Scrimshire, Umlaut and Stitch with Jamie ‘Wayfaring Stranger‘ Woon, The Rosie Brown Band, Ryan Hunn and Wah Wah 45s legendary DJ team of Dom Servini, Simon Goss and Chris Goss. Free before 9pm but £10.00 after. Sounds nearly as good as the CD.
Reviewed: Various — Underground Hits And Exclusive Bits: TWO (Wah Wah 45s) Cat. No. WAHCD004 Release date: 14th May 2006. Credits: Compiled By — Dom Servin / Simon Goss Notes: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Previously Unreleased — all tracks on CD for the first time.
1 Sesong — Love Untold (5:43)
2 Rosie Brown — Blow The Man Down (4:31)
3 Speeka featuring Ben Parker — Bend (3:02)
4 Luna & Bazis — Melancoholic (Your Love Blinds Me) (3:16)
5 Jamie Finlay featuring Dwayne Morgan — Any Given Sunday (4:50)
6 Scrimshire featuring Inga Lill Aker — Warm Sound (6:25)
7 Landslide featuring Ernesto — Solitary (5:26)
8 Talc — Wonder Bar (5:31)
9 Man/Boy Featuring Girl — It’s Only Perfect (4:19)
10 PTH Projects — What The Sun Brings (6:31)
11 Colman Brothers — El Niño (Big Band Version) (5:00)
12 Scrimshire — You Will Save Me (Spiritual South Remix) (8:04)
Soon come on Wah Wah 45s : Talc ‘Bobby Fame’ b/w ‘Modern Sleepover Part 2′ 7″ / Landslide feat. Ernesto ‘Solitary’ (Remix) 12″ and much more!!
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Gilles Peterson :: Thursday 01 February :: tracklisting
3. Herbie Hancock — ‘Just Around The Corner’ (Columbia)
4. Coleman Brothers — ‘El Nino’ (Big Band 7 edit) (Wah Wah 45s)