06 February 2014
Westbury welcome Wah Wah
There is no better to way to start a new year at Westbury than welcoming a new member to the family, this year we have started working with London finest purveyors of eclectic soul Wah Wah 45 Ltd.
Like many quality indie labels, Wah Wah’s story began as a club night originally hosted by Chris Goss (London Elektricity) his late brother Simon, Oscar Golden Child and Dj Billy Whizz. Their early nights at The Old Albany were nights full of funk and frolics, drawing a crowd of London’s coolest patrons. The night quickly out grew the venue and moved onto one London’s favourite live clubs – The Jazz Cafe.
The label began as an extension of the night’s success and their passion for sharing quality music with their audience. The first release in 1999 was a Wah Wah anthem “Magnetica by The Bobby Hughes Experience”, this simple 7” helped to propel the label into a global brand, supported by top notch tastemakers Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. Later that year Simon and Chris introduced Dom Servini (Mouseorgan) to the Wah Wah crew to help run the label and night.
Forward 15 years, Wah Wah 45s are an influential label and promoter in the UK and abroad. Since Simon’s sad passing in the 2010 Dom & Adam Scrimshire have been flying the Wah Wah 45s flag, becoming a key part of London’s club scene with regular sold out parties throughout the country.
The label has gone from strength to strength with over 100 releases and will this year be releasing its 50th 7 inch single!!! The guys A&R skills have insured a dynamic roster which includes Westbury’s Bev Lee Harling, Hackney Colliery Band, Lea Lea, Paper Tiger, Resonators and many more.
We at Westbury have been fans of the label for some time and it’s a pleasure to be working with them.