Wanezi EP

Released: 1 Oct 2020

Label: Tru Thoughts

“A modern take on broken beat. The inspiration continues” – Gilles Peterson
“The epitome of West London’s sound” – Toddla T
“WheelUP is an absolute G & legend!” – Jamz Supernova
“One of my favourite new discoveries” – Mary Anne Hobbs

The “Wanezi EP” is fronted by “Stay For Long”, WheelUP’s first collaboration and vocal track that sews the transatlantic seeds between broken beat and hip-hop. The song features Alabamian rapper Brint Story, a lyricist who lays down the harsh reality of Trump’s America. Elsewhere on the record “You Need Loving” soaks in the post-disco influences of boogie; title track “Wanezi” channels afro-percussive vibes; while “Sun City” is an ode to the iconic London garage night of the same name, and a nod to the old school raves of the 90s alike.

“Wanezi is a tiny village where my dad grew up in Zimbabwe. It’s our spiritual homeland for our tribe ‘Ndebele’ and a starting point for the family” Danny Wheeler aka WheelUP explains. The concept and artwork follows on from where the “Ndebele” EP left off, joining the dots of Danny’s Zulu ancestry.

Growing up inside the epicentre of BRUK, Danny has been studio neighbours with some of the key players in the game including IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic, Henry Wu and Goya Music (the leading vinyl distributor of bruk music). Originating from the drum and bass world, Danny turned his hand to the burgeoning sound of West London’s resurgent scene, Danny Wheeler was knighted the name ‘WheelUP’ by non-other than Afronaut, the founder of ‘Bugz in the Attic’ and a pioneer of the broken beat genre, who has cited WheelUP as “the best thing to come out of the broken beat scene right now!”