South Londoner Wu-Lu’s stunning new album contains post-genre war dubs that speak directly to these richly troubled times.
The twelve simmering tracks from the producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist are made of depth-charged post-punk, thrashed-up skate-park screamo, and the gauzy hip hop that Knwxledge might make if he’d got lost round the back of The Windmill on Brixton Hill.
“I’m happy if people say I’m on the punk thing,” says Wu-Lu, real name Miles Romans-Hopcraft, “but it’s about the essence, not sounding like The Sex Pistols. I’ve always come with an emotional perspective and I don’t try and conform to what is going on. I tell it how I feel it.”
And his artist name? It’s an adaptation of the Amharic word for water – ‘wu-ha’ – adjusted to avoid confusion with the Busta Rhymes track. Like water, he can shift and adapt around any obstacle, dodging pagans and creating creative alliances with artists including Black Midi (Morgan Simpson is a friend and played drums on ‘Times’).
Recommended for fans of: DJ Shadow, TV on the Radio.