There is no denying that in London there is a definite renaissance period in the offing and it is being lovingly steered by a number of hard-working artists. The emerging London sound emanating from the Hackney Wick area has been building momentum for some time and perhaps ground zero can be pinpointed to the work being carried out in Thoma Bulwer’s TB Mastering studio. Whether that be his collaborative projects or his analogue mixdowns and mastering of his cohorts and their respective labels the music coming from this enclave of London is retro-futuristic fire.
To package this sound neatly and present it on a larger forum the artists have clubbed together to present the sound of London’s Wick Voyagers by way of a 14 track VA that is shortly seeing the light of day on Bulwer’s own Parasol Culture imprint. Staunch supporters of the London scene converge on this extended EP and include established names Voigtmann, Anna Wall, Bobby., Robert James, Adam Curtain, N-Gynn, Paranoid London, and Subb-an who join perhaps lesser-known but uber-talented artists none the less Maybe Listen?, Escape Two, Remi Mazet, Oli Silva, Johnny Hunter and Goodnight Cowboy for the first VA. Tracing a thread through formative shades of electronica Wick Voyagers Compilation Album Vol.1 slides effortlessly between analogue house, bombastic electro, scything breaks, and cosmic grooves while all tracks are tied together by Bulwer’s undoubtedly vintage flair.
Wick Voyagers Compilation Album Vol.1 on Parasol Culture will shortly be available via the label Bandcamp page, but in the meantime, here is a collection of clips from the release.