VA – WW 2.0 (LP)

WW 2.0 is the second compilation from pioneering label WW Records. Curated by label founders, Guy Wood and Jo Wills, WW 2.0 is a sonic portfolio of their diverse and revealing taste. This compilation is packed with energy, from the Grime showcase of Dexplicit to Old Man Diode’s hypnotic distortion. The compilation is made up of nine powerful and evocative compositions, featuring the work of the label’s roster old and new. Overflowing with style, Guy Wood and Jo Wills have created a vision of a new music culture, one where genre is no longer a definition of ‘cool’, where the listener is free to explore the depths of their own imagination and where the artist can evolve within a borderless creative family.There is an ethereal quality to the music and a consistency that you would not expect from a record that crosses so many genres. It is produced as an album rather than a compilation, the intention is for the listener to take the time to sit, stand or sway and travel through the 45 minutes of music in one whole. It is worth it! The record moves magically through an array of landscapes and styles, floating on an ether of honesty. It is sometimes dark and moody, sometimes uplifting, always thought provoking.

Featuring: Rene Van Munster, Dexplicit, Guy Wampa, Old Man Diode, Mondryaan, Llywelyn ap Myrddin & Aisa Ijiri, Seth Scott, Sam Mumford and Itoa.

About the Artists:

Guy Wampa is the name behind the electronic creations of producer and instrumentalist Guy Wood (Alice Russel, Kid Kanevil, Onallee, Deathray Trebuchay, Old Man Diode, Sam Mumford I.R.O.K, Chris James, Stateless). A drummer and percussionist by trade, his music is steeped in rhythmic language. With a nod to jazz and hip hop, his sound weaves between genres, sewn together with stomping bass riffs and cinematic landscapes.

Old Man Diode – Grizzly electronic scientist Old Man Diode presents a dark brooding world of soul drenched electronica with roots deep in UK Dance history. Old Man Diode breaks new boundaries with what some have described as “future two-step”, indeed, taking steps into the future of electronic music. Odd phrasing and an elusive sense of time give rise to a uniquely structured and incredibly engaging sound that opens new doors in modern music.

Sam Mumford – This sound crafting musician has been collaborating openly over the past few years, though much of it beneath the mainstream radar. Various projects have seen him write, perform and exhibit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S., but this current incarnation as a two-piece is without question the most personal, defining a new pathway that we can expect a lot more from. The writing is raw and yet the sound refined: carefully crafted guitar and drum parts weaved with laid bare voice, followed by driving beats hammering guitar lines and tender song.

Llywelyn ap Myrddin – Llywelyn is originally from west Wales but currently based in London. He has written music for classical concerts, founded the group Deathray Trebuchay and composed electronic music under the alter ego’s Palm 2 and Jean Phillipe Rameau. This is the first music to emerge from his collaboration with pianist, Aisa Ijiri , with plans to write more and create an album based around various aspects of Japanese culture.

Aisa Ijiri – Born in Kyoto, Japan. After her acclaimed Europe debut as a concert artist at the age of 15 at Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and Konserthuset, Stockholm, Aisa Ijiri has given regular recitals at many international concert venues and festivals including Tokyo Opera City, LSO St Luke’s, St.Martin-in-the Fields, Fairfield Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Leeds International Concert Season, Pianist of the World Series, Lichfield Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC TV 1, BBC Radio 3, FM Japan, Radio Beograd and Radio Television of Serbia. Aisa’s Debut CD “Pilgrimage” produced by N.A.T. Records Tokyo was released in 2011 and highly recommended by The Record Geijutsu (Japan) and Pianowereld (Holland). Aisa has been an official Steinway Artist since 2010.

Mondryaan – Dutchman Chiel Busscher, the man behind Mondryaan, draws on the cubism of his name-sake, creating percussion heavy space trips in which the light of the vocals of Campos’ refract, creating a strong musical identity with space for the individual perception of each listener.

Seth Scott- Composer, producer and performing musician from London, UK. A student at the Electronic Music Studios of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Seth’s makes incredible electronic music, which magically binds electronica and techno within a deeply mesmerising soundscape.

Rene Van Munster – René van Munster (1989) is a multi-faceted musician hailing from the Netherlands. As a cellist he has played in orchestral, chamber music, and solo settings all around Europe, Turkey and Japan. As an improviser, he has worked with Michael Moore and Ernst Reijseger, among others. As an electronic music producer and DJ, he released both original work and remixes on labels such as Chasing Unicorns and Squelch & Clap.
He graduated from the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen in 2012 and is currently a Master’s student of classical cello at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Dexplicit – One of Grime’s most influential producers, Dexplicit is simply classic! Both a super talented DJ and ground breaking producer, Dexplicit is the ears behind Grime, from the genre defining “Pow” to new collaborations with Sticky his hunger for music is inspirational. Release include: Lethal Bizzle – Pow!, Gemma Fox – Might Be, Black The Ripper – You Aint Got Swagger, Bashy – My Manor, Akala ft Durrty Goodz – Are You An MC?, Big Narstie – Gasleak. Need we say more.

Itoa – With little respect for genre or convention, North Londoner Itoa’s debut EP Peng lands on WW Records with a clear agenda: booty shaking music to destroy dancefloors. Following production work on Dominique Young Unique’s latest mixtape, a remix commission for Yo Majesty and a massive edit of Konshens & Darrio’s dancehall smash “Gyal Sidung,” the Peng EP showcases Itoa’s unique interpretation of UK soundsystem culture. Vocals on the EP come courtesy of I Am Fya—a Mancunian with an unrelenting passion for dancehall riddims.