Dele Sosimi & Medlar - Full Moon EP (feat. Dele Sosimi & Medlar)
Format: 12" Vinyl
Catalogue No.: WAH12042
Release Date: 16th October 2020
Genre: African (Afrobeat)
01: Full Moon (Full Length Version) [feat. Dele Sosimi & Medlar]
02: Gúdú Gúdú Kan (Full Length Version) [feat. Dele Sosimi & Medlar]
03: You No Fit Touch Am (Medlar Remix) [feat. Dele Sosimi & Medlar]
Wah Wah 45s are proud to present a unique collaboration between the U.K.'s very own Afrobeat Ambassador, Dele Sosimi, and a producer who's been at the forefront of the South London electronic music scene for a decade now, Medlar.
The pair first joined forces five years ago, when Medlar was asked by Dele's label to remix the title track from his last album, You No Fit Touch Am. The result was possibly one of the most popular and cherished remixes to appear on the imprint. The producer's respect for the history of Afrobeat shined through in the mix of course, but it was his ability to finely balance that with his house music instincts whilst adding an infectious groove and classic 80s analogue synths that really stood out.
The track was an instant classic, and it soon became clear that the Afrobeat Ambassador and Peckham producer needed to make some music together. Having never actually met during the remix process, the dating began, and luckily the two were clearly a perfect match.
After some weeks of pinging ideas back and forth, and spending time in the studio together, it became obvious that this project was also something they could take out live. As so it has been, from their modest debut performance in East London last spring, to playing festivals across the UK and beyond. Never the same show twice, their shows are based around a bank of rhythms on MPC which come alive when combined with Dele's vocals and improvisational keyboard explorations, all of which are dubbed out live by Medlar. Their musical journey is always unpredictable, vibrant and often quite surprising!
With this in mind, when picking tracks they'd developed on the road over the last year to take into the studio, the lead track on this EP, Full Moon, evolved into what might be best described as a bossa nova meets country & western lounge track, suitable for sipping cocktails to on a beach, or perhaps in your back garden in the current situation! Dele's playful and uplifting lyrics, alongside sweet harmonies from Ellen Murphy, provide something of a panacea for the strange times we're living in..
"This is really great this track. Really great!" Gilles Peterson
Gúdú Gúdú Kan is very much the pair's own take on an Afro-disco stomper. The title refers to the role the snare drum plays and its relationship with Ìyá Ìlù kan, or the kick drum. It's a simple but very effective metaphor for this unique musical collaboration where once again the pair forge a sound that's all their own.
Alongside the full length version of these two future classics, the EP also sees the aforementioned sought after Medlar remix of You No Fit Touch Am back on vinyl for the first time in five years. An essential slab of wax then that's sure to get snapped up fast!