South London based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Wu-Lu returns with his second EP 'N.A.I.S. (Not As It Seems).
Following the release of his single 'Jaybo' and his self- released debut EP, which featured Stones Throw's MNDSGN and Gilles Peterson favourite, Andrew Ashong. Within eight tracks, it combined the off-kilter groove of J Dilla's hip hop with layers of lo-fi, psychedelic guitar to create a memorable debut.
'N.A.I.S' offers a more comprehensive impression into his multi-layered style. Setting the scene with single 'Jaybo', characterised by its deep rooted guitar groove, swirling percussive moments and drawled out vocals - its the sound of an astral traveller finally finding his feet. His influences stretch out into the worlds of minimal and congested ethereal soundscapes crossed with hard grooves and tight melodies. 'Habisha' builds up a jazzy and melancholic trip-hop groove with faded lyrics laden with yearning and regret. 'Sailor' swirls with layers of dusty lo-fi melodies that seem to build to the brink of disintegration, featuring a delicate and haunting vocal by singer-songwriter Binisa Bonner. Closer 'Storms' builds up dark clouds of intense atmosphere with heavily rhythmic guitar and hard percussion, whilst whispered vocals pierce through the dense soundscape looking for light. Players on the EP include Giles Kwake Bass (Sampha, Kate Tempest, MF Doom) and Joe Armon Jones (Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia). 2017 has seen Wu-Lu supporting the likes of musical polymath, Mark de Clive-Lowe and MNDSGN at the infamous Jazz Cafe.
Further afield, his leadership on SAMPLED ? a live audiovisual exploration of the divisive 'world music' tag with a 13-piece super-band ? lead to shows at the now fabled Church Of Sound in 2016. COS being a new, East London venue space dedicated to bringing jazz-influenced sounds to a new audience.