When I think of the WildKats I feel like that little boy in the John Lewis advert. There’s this amazing gift all wrapped up and ready to give (although a lot of people have been saying the parcel in the advert is a suspiciously similar size and shape to a certain sinister present in Se7en) but it can’t be shared until the right time. It’s been a long wait but since last year when Edinburgh’s Stuart Sandeman and Scott Dickie met US visitor Corey Baker in East London there’s been a buzz of under-the-surface activity, honing re-edits and basslines, getting noticed by the movers and shakers at the right labels and the press that follow them. Making sure everything is ready. In fact, one of my favourite tracks Your A Freak has been on soundcloud for nearly a year now without a release date. System Crank- Russ Yallop & Wildkats by WILDKATS
Well Christmas is here, and we have not one but three very special presents. Your A Freak is to be released later this month on Hourglass Records, the mighty System Crank with Russ Yallop is coming in December on Hot Creations, and the smooth WildKats & Tboy To Be EP (with a Miguel Puente remix just to put the icing on the cake) was released last week on Neim.
Wildkats & Tboy – To Be EP – Neim Records by WILDKATS
And that’s not the only Miguel Puente link – both artists were rightly picked for Hot Creations’ Hot Waves 2, released yesterday, Puente for After Midnight in Your Bed and WildKats for the N.W.A.’s Express Yourself sampling Perpetrating.
Wildkats – Perpetrating – Hot Waves Sampler Vol 2 by WILDKATS
On top of a whole host more releases on labels including Akbal Music, Stranjjur and Lower East taking us well into 2012, there are a few gigs to get yourselves down to, including the Hourglass Records showcase at a secret East London venue on 16 December alongside Puente & Rosch, and all-terrain promoter legends Fresh Out the Box‘s Gottwood warm-up at Basing House 20 January 2012. Unleash the WildKat!