Croydon Depot — Henry Wu
Good Morning Peckham

Henry Wu  —  Good Morning Peckham

Sometimes, this EP for Rhythm Section echoes his recent turn on Ho Tep—the stoned monologue and cool chords of "Croydon Depot," in particular, recall Negotiate's "On The Regular." Elsewhere, though, Good Morning Peckham directs Wu's loose and lazy sensibility towards a newly streamlined house sound.

Arguably one of the most hotly-tipped producers in the UK right now, Wu’s broken compositions and deep jazzy keys have earned him plaudits from scene veterans as well as peers, all keen to see what Henry will do next.

With a refreshing take on rhythm and a virtuosic musicality born out of years of recording and touring as a session player, Henry Wu represents a brightly shining light in the already glowing London community. Equally adept on the keyboard as he is on the MPC, on Good Morning Peckham, we are also given a further insight into the mind of Wu as he takes to the mic - toasting along to the soon-to-be-classic ‘ Croydon Depot’.

A South East Londoner born and bred, Henry’s debut on Rhythm Section was a long time coming and it seems that it was worth the wait. 6 tracks of white hot intention.
Henry Wu is a name that we’re going to hear a lot more of in the future…. Good morning Peckham!
Good Morning Peckham

I’m still learning how to find that middle ground between doing what I want to do and not be so emotionally attached where I end up at the front of it.

Contrary to his low profile approach, the 25-year-old beatmaker isn’t shy or a recluse. Something I found out when we met a couple of weeks ago outside Peckham Rye’s Sports Direct – newly purchased Nike slippers in hand and like me, craving lunch. He’s just uninterested in the glamour that surrounds music, and in particular, the celebrity status that can get velcroed alongside it.
One of the collective’s members was a ghost for the whole of that feature, mind; lightly mentioned in passing within paragraphs, yet otherwise absent. Henry Wu.
Similarly, Henry has gone through his own metamorphosis. As a session player for a particularly successful local songstress, he ended up alongside Tenderlonious, a supremely talented sax player.
When the group went on to support none other than John Legend & The Roots, Tenderlonious entered the fray to beef up the horns section. Albeit a useful learning experience, the industry politics eventually got too much and at the start of 2012 Henry decided to quit music. “I sold 80% of my equipment, and at the time I was just really disillusioned with the music – playing music is one thing, but the extra baggage is unavoidable.” Islam would prove to be his moral compass.
“Religion plays a big part in my life, definitely. In Islam, there’s a term which explains the way we look at religion. Dīn describes a way of life as opposed to a religion. At least in the west, people see religion as something you do every Sunday or a weekly thing. It’s the foundation of my beliefs and that also translates to the music. I’ve realised that when you’re an artist, there is this whole understanding that people will follow your work.
Errol Anderson
Published Wed 20 Apr