More Life feat. Abacus & Victoria Port

Released: 26 Jan 2023

Label: Tru Thoughts

“More Life” is the lead single from ‘We Are The Magic’, the sophomore album from producer and DJ WheelUP aka West London’s Danny Wheeler (released on 28th April 2023).

“More Life” is a deeper cut blending orchestral strings, piano and emotive lyricism. The stylistic track features the alter ego of Harry Bryson from drum & bass duo Pola & Bryson, under his Abacus moniker on additional production, and Victoria Port, singer-songwriter from Brighton via London dyad Anushka on vocals. Talking about the song Danny says: “When Victoria wrote the lyrics, she was pregnant with her baby and the line ‘I’ve got two hearts beating inside’ really touched me”.

“More Life feat. Abacus & Victoria Port ” follows a collection of collaborative releases from the West London producer, all of which form part of the new album. From the ethereal 4hero-inspired “Infinity” also with Abacus, the colossus bruk-bass riddim “Copacetic” with More Times co-founder Sam Interface and “More Love feat. Brint Story” linking with the legendary broken beat don Kaidi Tatham. The singles have seen support flood in from the likes of DJ Mag, Jamz Supernova (BBC 6Music), Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM), Jaguar (BBC Radio 1), Beatport and many more.

Built around concepts such as the law of attraction, humanitarianism and spiritualism ‘We Are The Magic’ adds to the broken beat canon while showcasing WheelUP’s most mature and forward-thinking work to date. Journeying through broken beat, jazz-funk, hip-hop, trap, bass, neo-soul and beyond, across the album’s eleven tracks, WheelUP embarks on a sonic exploration filled with synthesis, polyrhythms and creative innovative techniques. Talking about the concept of ‘We Are The Magic, ’ Danny explains: “It’s a somewhat esoteric idea that we (humanity) are the magic of life, whether that is a smile from a stranger that uplifts another person or some piece of kindness that has a butterfly effect and affects someone or something else in a positive way. Magic is excitement, the spark of life and life itself is a magical experience.”