There’s a new SE London label to watch out for and it comes by the name of Wholemeal Music. Their inaugural release comes from the YAM Records co-founder Tom Esselle and it’s fucking brilliant. What’s more, there’s back up from South London institution West Norwood Cassette Library whose remix the press release states has “grafted an enormous pair of junglist balls onto it”. Lovely image. Cheers guys.
We kick off with the title track and it nicely teeters on the brink between house, broken beat and jazz; with lovely rolling drums, tasteful keys and a nice little demented repeating line that goes through the whole track, lightly frying your brain. Over on the flip is Tom’s heartfelt tribute to the 19th century Italian revolutionary general Guiseppe Garibaldi. This track focuses heavily on broken, chopped up drums with spattering of abstract chords spattered here and there. This is the killer for me from the release. Finally the afore mentioned WNCL remix with the addition of junglist testicles which adds a nice injection of diversity to the release. Faster paced, with a hectic and clattering feel, Mr Norwood definitely adds punch and weight to this package. This is a fantastic first release from what proves to be an interesting new label from saaaf of the river.