Ghost Writerz - Gwz All The Way (CD, Tru Thoughts, 2015)
Ghost Writerz - Gwz All The Way
(CD/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD314, 2015-07-24
01. Intro 00:47
02. Shut Up! feat. Rodney P 04:18
03. Over & Over 04:51
04. Back It Up feat. G.O.L.D & Shiffa Dan 03:03
05. Wind Up Your Waist feat. Shift Dan, RTKal & G.O.L.D 03:57
06. Survive feat. Zico, Galak & Jago (OnlyJoe) 05:35
07. Tell Me feat. Shift Dan & G.O.L.D 03:14
08. Skit 00:23
09. Shangri La feat. Serocee & RTKal 04:18
010. For The Love feat. Amy True 03:38
011. Haunted House 03:18
012. Rose 05:29
013. Outro 00:26
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Press Release :
Out 24th July, ‘GWz All The Way’ is the debut album from Ghost Writerz (GWz), who have had a massive six months since signing to Tru Thoughts to spearhead the label’s UK Sound System Culture platform, Sharp And Ready. Their powerful mix of Bashment, Hip Hop, Jungle, Reggae and Dub has been championed by everyone from Toddla T (and many others on BBC R1/1Xtra and across mainstream and underground radio) to Clash and RWD to Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.
Pioneers of the UK's very own Sound System Music, GWz create supernatural, soaring bass music infused with conscious lyricism, melodic hooks and virtuoso live instrumentation. The core duo is producer Harry Metcalfe and vocalist (and producer) Jason Bradshaw. Many will know Bradshaw from his Jimmy Screech days which saw him tour internationally in Roots Manuva’s Banana Klan and earn acclaim for his solo LPs from Capital Xtra to The Independent and The Guardian. Metcalfe - who grew up playing guitar in bands before being entranced by reggae, soul and bass - has also been making solo waves as Sleepy Time Ghost; his single “Feel feat. Bahia” featured on the much talked-about first Apple Radio show with Julie Adenuga, and his recent GWz Remix of Quantic’s “Spark It feat. Shinehead” was hailed as a junglist anthem by THUMP. Both Metcalfe and Bradshaw are proudly part of the Unit 137 Sound System family and have rocked festivals and parties all over including a huge takeover at Boomtown 2014; lined up for Summer ‘15 are Boomtown and Nozstock festivals, the big Reggae Roast Courtyard Carnival at Ministry Of Sound (11th July), and more (see overleaf).
The GWz sound hit home immediately, their first two standalone singles - “Back It Up feat. G.O.L.D & Shiffa Dan” and Pete Cannon collaboration “How We Living” – spreading across the airwaves, leading to live features for Toddla T, Jamie Rodigan (Bang FM), Lukan (Déjà vu) and Resonance; not to mention support including Huw Stephens, MistaJam, Ras Kwame, Goldierocks, Mi-Soul, Tom Ravenscroft, Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan, and French national Radio Nova playlist.
The trajectory continues with the LP’s lead single “Tell Me feat. Shiffa Dan & G.O.L.D”/“Rose”, a double A-side (out 22nd June, with remixes from Ras Kwame’s OHP, DJ Vadim and Gold Dubs & Nushu) which spins from slick Future Dancehall into retro Lovers Rock, further highlighting the stunning range, the invention, the heart and the fire at work on the album. “It’s all about you, the listener, really feeling the music as opposed to just hearing it”, says Bradshaw.
Adding extra magic to the duo’s vision, ‘GWz All The Way’ features a host of guests; the inimitable voice of Rodney P kicks things off on “Shut Up!”, a raucous, boozy lyrical collaboration between Bradshaw and the Godfather of UK Hip Hop. “Over And Over” stakes its place as the band’s theme song, yo-yoing compellingly between the gamut of Sound System riddims on which the GWz musical manifesto is founded. Ground laid, the time comes to push forward, “Back It Up” and “Wind Up Your Waist feat. Shiffa Dan, RTKal & G.O.L.D” stirring a state of trap-laced Future Dancehall nirvana with bars from regular GWz sparring partners, Birmingham’s RTKal and London’s G.O.L.D and Shiffa Dan. Consciousness reigns on “Survive feat. Zico, Galak & Jago (onlyjoe)”, a gritty and impassioned D&B-inflected anthem to solidarity.
A killer beat with an eastern feel becomes “Shangri La”, on which the revered Serocee’s commanding flow and RTKal’s shotgun stylings jostle with Bradshaw’s melodically intoned hooks among a Jungle backdrop. “For The Love” sees Bradshaw and charismatic MC Amy True building an ode to the art that keeps them going. GWz revert to their core elements for the spine-tingling, ghostly Hip Hop of “Haunted House” and the optimistic “Rose”, a modern spin on Lovers Rock, respectively delving into the darker and lighter elements of a relationship.
Sharp And Ready represents a coalescing of influences and heritage with the distinct sonic and societal markers of our time, into a New Wave, carried forward by a growing contingent of passionate artists; telling the story of the richness and fullness of UK Sound System Culture and establishing a trusted channel from which new music can flow.