Various Artists: Wah Wah 45s - We Wah fifteenWah Wah 45s
What started as a little record company quickly emerged as one of the most important labels in the UK. Wah Wah records, launched by brothers Chris and the late Simon Goss have compiled a deeply talented roster of contrasting styles to rival any label and "We Wah 15" is a testament to that. There's more than plenty to savor here from the folksy flavor of Sesong's "Love Untold" to burning hot reggae of "Sweet Love Affair" from The Resonators. "Hey Lover" is raw soul with a heavy groove from Hardkandy with Laura Vane on vocals. "Wallflowerin", the 2006 hit is silky down-tempo soul from Max Cole. "Money" is funky brass courtesy of the Hackney Colliery Band. "Through A Window" is just one of many superb arrangements that guitarist, producer and label co-director Scrimshire has released over the years. The lush composition also features the dreamy vocals of label mate Stac. As far as compilations go this year, you'll be there hard press to find another as good as this one. Hat's off to Wah Wah for fifteen years of consistently discovering new talent and delivering great music in the process.
Reg Dancy, 11/14