Fresh from gaining the mantle of Pete Tong’s essential mix of the year for ‘09, is a long overdue Brisbane appearance of the Godfather of U.K. Electro Funk.
Greg Wilson was a pivotal figure in the development of electronic music in the early 80s, whose return to spinning has seen him acknowledged by the musical community for his early pioneering work. Greg inspired generations of would be music makers and record spinners, with the help of a reel-to-reel tape machine and an ear for how sounds should be cut, spliced and congealed. A sleeping giant for most of the 80s and 90s, Wilson recently awoke from his slumber in order to get behind the decks once more. Staying abreast of technological advancement, Greg has brought in a laptop alongside his trusty tape machine and turntables, and his performances have been received rapturously up and down the country.
See Greg Live working his Revox Reel to Reel (Live in Melbourne 2006) :
Credit to the Edit (1) –
The likes of Erol Alkan and 2 Many DJs have become synonymous for their ‘mash ups’ yet Greg, was employing this practice (using razor blades and tape to tape reels not Ableton programmes) twenty years ago to conjoin different mixes of Rockers Revenge’s Walking On Sunshine and Scritti Politti’s Wood Beez. This isn’t a ‘mixed’ LP simply a collection of 15 re-edited tracks taking in everything from the Chic to Chicken Lips. Some tracks such as Brenda Taylor’s magnificent You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too are complete overhauls of the original, extending intros and basslines before building up to peaks and then disappearing down synth holes and percussive detours before arriving at the vocals several miles down the line. Others like Kool & The Gang’s Open Sesame and Chic’s Dance Dance Dance are little more than repeated loops that appear to get funkier with every cloned set of bars.
Re-edits force you to re-examine familiar and unfamiliar records alike, confounding your expectations and allowing the DJ and producer to assume creative control over the commercial ‘end product’. This LP is a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s great unsung DJ groundbreakers.
PHIL THORNTON, SWINE EZINE.
What an outstanding album. Greg was always an inspiration to me. This contains possibly all my favourite tracks of all time.
One Of The Best Albums In Year
With outstanding local support from Kieron C, Jimmy Ellis, Ladyboy, Wolfgang Dj’s and Tim Fuchs this event will sell out, so get there early to avoid disappointment!