Verge Loves: Wu-Lu “S.U.F.O.S”

Photo Credit: Adama Jalloh

South London-based producer, arranger and talented multi-instrumentalist Wu-Lu recently released his latest EP “S.U.F.O.S.” (Save Us From Ourselves). An incredibly potent bassist, Wu-Lu‘s latest album builds on the experimental jazz/hip-hop sounds of his previous EP, “N.A.I.S” (Not As It Seems), and explores racial injustice in Britain, black empowerment and self-exploration.

The single “Seven” is a standout track on the EP. It’s deep bass rolls you through the song, only for you to clang against gritty guitar as Wu-Lu‘s vocals draw you through a sonically rich three-minute piece. Another personal favourite is “Flare”, an almost grunge-like track with a rich assembly of sounds that will have you stamping your feet and banging your head.

“S.U.F.O.S.” sees Wu-Lu collaborate with long-term friends, Binisa Bonner, Kwake Bass, Nubya Garcia,  Eun, Demae Wodu, and Morgan Simpson (drummer from band Black Midi) Thematically, it’s a reflection of where Wu-Lu sees himself and his people in 2019 London. He has constantly been experimenting with the various influences on his Brixton doorstep, as well as some of the complex issues that a young mixed race man living in London may face. Speaking about “S.U.F.O.S.” Wu-Lu says, “The EP is about family in every sense of the word: blood family, spiritual family, extended family, your family. It’s the perception of my own experience and the young people who haven’t got a loud enough voice yet.”

His keen ear and confidence to try new sounds has undoubtedly been empowered through his strong production credits and collaborations with artists such as MNDSGN (Stones Throw) and Andrew Ashong on his previous 2015 EP “Ginga”, along with talents such as Ego Ella May, Oscar Jerome and Poppy Ajudah.  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. 

Wu-Lu has already been touring his new EP, including a hit show at The Windmill in Brixton, and can be next seen at the Alt-Dayer 2019 showcase on Saturday 11 May in Brighton. You can keep up to date on all things Wu-Lu on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the full album on iTunes and Spotify, and more.

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