Madrid-based Brighton boy Chip Wickham has finally found the time to record two brand new tunes for Lovemonk. Born from his love of Nuyorican music, he delivers the stunning “Hit & Run” and “Apache”; the first a driving Latin monster of a tune featuring Wickham’s trademark flute sound, the second a Willie Colon-style trombone stomper penned by and featuring Grupo X’s Jonny Enright. Two huge chunks of Latin funk making that would make Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto and Louie Ramirez proud!
Chip Wickham is as versatile as they come. His credits as a musician, writer, producer and remixer include Nightmares On Wax, Rae & Christian, Roy Ayers, Jimpster, Speak Low, Sweet Vandals and The New Mastersounds, among many others. He toured extensively with The New Mastersounds and collaborated on their single “Chocolate Chip”, and recently he was chosen by the public to be a member of The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, initiated by BBC 6Music show host Craig Charles and including members of the James Taylor Quartet, Snowboy, Dionne Charles, TNM’s Eddie Roberts, Speedometer, The Haggis Horns, John Turrell and then some.
The fourth installment of the legendary Marulasoulfood series comes from Madrid-based Briton Roger ‘Chip’ Wickham, one third of Latin groovers Malena. “Feelin’ Alright” is a rare groove stomper featuring Emma Ellis on the mic, Dominic Buckley on drums, Dan ‘Bootsy’ Broad on guitar, Morgan Pugh on bass and piano and of course the man himself on sax and flute.
Some background info:
Chip Wickham has worked as a producer in Manchester’s infamous Moolah Rouge Studios and has written, produced and re-mixed for labels such as Freestyle, Kingstreet, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Mr Bongo, Universal, Sony and Soulfuric. His sax and flute credits include Nightmares on Wax, The New Mastersounds, Aim, Rae & Christian, Roy Ayres, Badly Drawn Boy, Jimpster, Grupo X, The Resin Dogs, The Sweet Vandals and the soundtrack to the Guy Ritchie movie “Snatch”.
As of late he has been mostly keeping himself busy with Malena (with Dan Broad and Susana Montero a.k.a. Malena, on Freestyle Records) and his solo work.
Buy Feelin’ Alright 7″ at the Lovemonk Shop.El número 4 de la ya legendaria serie Marulasoulfood (esta vez, la receta – pollo huitlacoche – en la contraportada es de La Catrina de Madrid) viene del británico afincado en Madrid, Roger ‘Chip’ Wickham, tercera parte de los Latin groovers Malena. Feelin’ Alright es un delicioso corte de rare groove con Emma Ellis en el micro, Dominic Buckley en la batería, Dan ‘Bootsy’ Broad en la guitarra, Morgan Pugh en el bajo y el piano y, naturalmente, el mismo Chip tocando la flauta y el saxo.
Chip Wickham ha trabajado como productor en los famosos estudios Moolah Rouge de Manchester y ha escrito, producido y remezclado música para sellos tan diversos como Freestyle, Kingstreet, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Mr Bongo, Universal, Sony y Soulfuric. Su saxo y flauta han sonado en temas de un montón de grupos, como por ejemplo Nightmares On Wax, The New Mastersounds, Aim, Rae & Christian, Roy Ayres, Badly Drawn Boy, Jimpster, Grupo X, The Resin Dogs, The Sweet Vandals y la banda sonora de la película Snatch de Guy Ritchie.
Últimamente está ocupado sobre todo con Malena (junto a Dan Broad y Susana ‘Malena’ Montero, en el sello Freestyle Records) y su carrera en solitario.
Lovemonk is a small record label from the Malasaña borough of Madrid. It may sound like the biggest cliché in the history of popular music, but there is not one particular label that can be used to describe Lovemonk’s sound. Indeed, many different labels can be and have been used, and all of them are valid at some point. If there is one word that sums it all up, it’s – hold tight, another cliché alert! – “eclectic”. That, and “sunny”.
But what better way to explain than to release a label compilation that says it all? Enter “Los Discos Buenos Suenan Mejor” (“Good Records Sound Better”), a CD that travels many roads – progressive disco-rock by the ever so surprising The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Latin boogie by the Grammy-winning Los Amigos Invisibles, folkie Russian Red singing to the dancefloor with Nelue, a bomb track previously unreleased on CD by The Right Ons, Makala doing ragtime-hop, a boogaloo by The Gigoletto Brass Band, the Flaming Groovies classic “Shake Some Action” soulified by Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, New Orleans grooves by Speak Low, carioca-funk by Open Foraina, groovy folk by Bing Ji Ling, deep funk by Chip Wickham and of course the label’s classics such as Gecko Turner, Pajaro Sunrise and Martín Buscaglia, the latter with a preview of his upcoming album!
And all this comes in a marvellous digi-pack with beautiful artwork by Polish designer Animiwiesasz.
Enjoy the ride!
01. Open Foraina feat. Jack Quiñonez – Fala Tanto
02. Bing Ji Ling – Home
03. Soul Vigilantes feat. Xan Blacq – Under Water
04. Los Amigos Invisibles – Plastic Woman
05. Nelue feat. Russian Red – Deconstructed
06. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – 15 to 20
07. Gecko Turner – 45,000$ (Guapapasea) (Afrodisiac Soundsystem Remix)
08. Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents – Shake Some Action
09. Pajaro Sunrise – Perfect
10. Martín Buscaglia – Jaula de Motos
11. Speak Low – Black Used Shoes
12. The Right Ons – Hey Yeah!
13. Chip Wickham – Feelin’ Alright (Instrumental)
14. Makala – Cartoon Tune
15. The Gigoletto Brass Band – Boogalow