South London’s Wu-Lu is refreshingly straddling two disparate worlds of music. After two years spent experimenting with the off-kilter brilliance of J Dilla's hip hop with ounces of lo-fi, psychedelic guitar to great effect, the multi-hyphenate artist is now comfortable in his own lane.
Second EP, ‘Save Us From Ourselves’ (released on April 26), is the result of late nights spent delving into the wormhole of his own mind and guitar. Once again, he collaborates with long-term friend, Binisa Bonner, and in Morgan Simpson (drummer from highly acclaimed, math rock band Black Midi) he’s found
a true musical soulmate. Thematically, it’s a reflection of where Wu-Lu sees himself and his people in 2019 London. Six tales tapping into racial injustice, black empowerment and self-exploration.
Music runs in his veins. Raised in a creative environment built by a professional contemporary dancing mother and afro-jazz trumpeter, his run-ins with music were early and frequent. His 2015 debut mixtape, GINGA — featuring Stones Throw’s MNDSGN and Andrew Ashong — was a refreshing narration of the
mixed race experience in London. The highly-approved NAIS EP (2018) followed in a similar vein of cross-genre brilliance as showcased on his impressive entry for FACT Magazine‘s infamous Against The Clock series. His assured subject matter and musicianship continues to impress, with HighSnobriety
stamping Wu-Lu as an “under the radar one to watch” and single ‘Sailor’ making its way onto the latest of Gilles Peterson’s taste-making compilations, Brownswood Bubblers Thirteen.
It’s the live stage where the impact of Wu-Lu’s passionate retellings really come into their own. Recent standouts include sharing the Field Day main stage with the likes of Erykah Badu and Loyle Carner, Brainchild Festival and a feverish Clash Music LIVE appearance at Metropolis Studios alongside Masego.
AGENT: Darren James-Thomas