Open Fund: Wu-Lu
Brand New EP (untitled)
A brand new EP due end of the year!
Wu-Lu — real name Miles Romans-Hopcraft — is a South London-based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. 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.
Fast forward to his self-released debut EP, Ginga. The 2015 cassette release — which featured Stones Throw’s MNDSGN and Gilles Peterson favorite, Andrew Ashong — combined the off-kilter brilliance of J Dilla’s hip-hop with ounces of lo-fi, psychedelic guitar in a refreshing fashion. Wu experimented with the influences on his Brixton doorstep;
Further afield, the talented bassist’s production credits are few and far between but weighty. With Brainfeeder stalwart, Ras G and also as the man behind “How Far” and ‘Table For One’ by the Omar Lye-Fook endorsed songstress, Ego Ella May.
2018 has continued on a similar trajectory. Along with Hector Plimmer, Wu-Lu created SAMPLED; a live audiovisual exploration of the divisive ‘world music’ tag with a 13-piece superband. The group consists of artists, producers and poets including the finest contributors to the burgeoning UK jazz scene. With Wu-Lu at the helm, the group have produced to create an array of self-written arrangements. Most recently, they have taken the project to the Church Of Sound, a new church venue dedicated to bringing jazz-influenced sounds to a new audience.
His sophomore EP ‘N.A.I.S.’ is out now.