90s Breakbeat / Hardcore-Rave. The musical roots of Wulls – Bass / Breakbeat – 90s Yorkshire, the birth of bleep!
The latest 13-track LP from revered Leeds dub/trip hop artist Wulls, who’s put his dub staple sound on the back beat while he steps into the boundary-cracking breakbeat bleep sound of Yorkshire from the early 90s. The result is highly stylised bass and breaks tracks.
Reimagining deep musical roots from his teenage years – Dungeon Master Show on Pirate Dream FM and labels like Moving Shadow, Shut Up and Dance, Warp, FFRR – Wulls experiments with sampled drums and loops, reminiscent of 90s production’s use of 80s hip hop such Ultra Magnetics. Public Enemy, 45 King & Run DMC.
“It all started when I heard a Burial track on his mixtape on 6 Music – Ascen, Trip to the Moon Pt1” Wulls explains. “It awoke something in me and I started digging all that music out again. Once I started making it, I found I was sampling the drums and writing music, the reverse of how I usually make music. It’s been pouring out.
Acid Snatch is now available on Released. Look out for off-shoot label ‘Beak’, the new home for more of Wulls’ breaks, BASS n bleeps.
“I’ve done a musical full circle, and ended up with my sound. I’ve put the LP together to run like a live set – hope it hits the mark for a new audience to breaks, and the old timers.”