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20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2017

Revox image by Nick Mizen

It’s that time of year again when I list 20 edits / reworks that have done the business for me during the past 12 months in the clubs and at festivals I’ve played at. The list, as it has been since 2012, is published via the Secret Life website:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilsons-20-choice-edits-reworks-2017

As with the previous 2 years, I’ve compiled a playlist of all 20 inclusions, with a total running time of just over 2 hours. You can stream via SoundCloud:

The edits scene shows no sign of slowing down and 2017 saw another bumper crop. Last year’s list was something of an antipodean carve up, with Late Nite Tuff Guy and Dr Packer taking 6 places apiece.

Dr Packer has managed to keep up this relentless pace in 2017 with another half-dozen entries – the Perth-based DJ, originally from Northampton, has seen his profile raise significantly this year, with a series of European dates helping further enhance his burgeoning reputation. Apart from the Dr Packer tracks that made the list, there were also others that just missed out – the ones that do appear focus on the early-‘80s, with entries by Kashif, Bobby Thurston, Booker Newberry III, Brooklyn Express, Vaughan Mason & Crew and Patrick Cowley Featuring Sylvester.

Dr Packer / Late Nite Tuff Guy

Adelaide edit exponent Late Nite Tuff Guy hasn’t been quite as prolific this year, but the lack of quantity is more than compensated via the quality of his 2 inclusions for 2017, both huge favourites for me this year – Chaka Khan’s ‘I Know You, I Live You’ and Double Exposure’s ‘Everyman’, which tops the list. I loved what LNTG did last year with another Salsoul release, ‘Doctor Love’ by First Choice, but his ‘Everyman’ rework is even better still, my personal #1 for this year. Salsoul’s rich orchestral approach seems perfectly suited to LNTG’s studio wizardry.

Valique

Moscow’s Valique, aka V, scored a hat-trick of inclusions this year, having previously topped the list in 2015 with his rework of ‘The Best Of My Love’ by The Emotions, as well as providing one of 2012’s top edits – his take on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’. This year he weighs in with edits from Rose Royce, Brass Construction and Rockers Revenge.

Also making the cut we have various goodies from Discotron (who topped the list last year), Cordycep, C. Da Afro, Dave Gerrard, The Owl, Tonbe / Loshmi, Young Pulse, Drop Out Orchestra and Greyskooledit.

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20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2016:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilsons-20-choice-edits-reworks-2016/

20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2015:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilsons-choice-edits-reworks-2015/

20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2014:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilson-20-choice-edits-reworks-for-2014/

20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2013:
http://secretlifemusic.com/best-of-2013-greg-wilson-20-choice-edits-reworks-for-2013/

20 Choice Edits & Reworks 2012:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilson-20-choice-edits-reworks-for-2012/

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King Otis – 50 Years Gone

Otis Redding Stamp

Otis Redding is my favourite singer of all. I became addicted to his records in the late ‘60s – my brother and sister had already brought a number of these into the house including ‘Mr Pitiful’, ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’, ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)’, ‘Day Tripper’, ‘Shake’, ‘Tramp’ (with Carla Thomas), ‘Respect’, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’, ‘Hard To Handle’, ‘Amen’ and, of course, ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’.

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2ManyDJs – Guardians Of The Incomprehensible Maze

As Heard On Radio Soulwax

This Saturday I’m back on my home patch at The Underground in Liverpool for a Freeze event playing alongside Belgian brothers Steven and David Dewaele, aka 2ManyDJs, who also make up two thirds of the band Soulwax. All the info here:
https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Underground-Liverpool/Freeze-presents-2manydjs-Greg-Wilson-plus-more/13081545/

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A Homage To A Vinyl Evangelist

A Homage To A Vinyl Evangelist - photograph by Mark McNulty

This photo popped up on Facebook recently, taken by Mark McNulty, whose visual documentation of Liverpool’s club/music scene of the past 3 decades is now part of the city’s cultural legacy. It’s a photograph of a record cabinet Bill Drummond made following the death of Roger Eagle in 1999, which was displayed under the title ‘Dead White Man’ in the Jump Ship Rat, an alternative gallery space in Parr Street during Liverpool’s inaugural Biennial Festival that year, but not as part of the official programme, more an anarchic fringe event.

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New GW Edit T-Shirts

Brown - Navy GW Edit

I’ve had a new run of t-shirts made with NoWayBack. Dom Mandrell’s previous designs have proved popular in the past so I asked him to create something from an old photo I had done. What he came back with looked great so we’ve got a limited run of brown and navy, available here:
https://www.nowaybackstore.co.uk/collections/greg-wilson

Place your orders by next Thursday, to ensure you get a t-shirt from the limited run.

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Coming Of Age – Golden Guinea DJ 1977-1980

Just come across a few paragraphs I wrote as part of my Time Capsule series, where month by month I compiled a selection of the tracks I was playing back in the ‘70s when I started out as a DJ, writing accompanying text about the music featured and my own progression within the local club scene on Merseyside, and more specifically my hometown of New Brighton. I managed to cover the period January 1976 (December 1975 if the prequel, ‘First Impressions’, is included) to September 1977 (each edition originally put together exactly 30 years on, between Jan ‘06 – Sept ‘07) but the process became too time-consuming to maintain, at a point when my DJ trajectory had really built momentum.

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