The complete series of Early 80s Floorfillers is now available to stream on Mixcloud:
It had previously been available in full via SoundCloud, but due to their copyright policy some of the editions had been taken down.
Here’s the lowdown:
A fascinating insight on how the fading Jazz-Funk scene gave way to the emerging Electro-Funk movement in the early ’80s, ‘Greg Wilson’s Early ’80s Floorfillers’ marks the 30th anniversary of when these tracks first appeared. Compiled from his record lists of the time, and unfolding month by month, Greg counts down the Top 10 Floorfillers played at his venues during the key years of ’82 and ’83. Featured, most notably, on his Tuesday sessions at Wigan Pier and Wednesday gatherings at Legend in Manchester, the most cutting-edge weekly black music nights of the era, these were the clubs most associated with the evolving Electro-Funk sound.
The majority of music played on the black scene in the UK was initially only available on import, mainly out of New York during this period, with the club nights described as ‘upfront’, meaning that the DJs were way ahead of the curve – what they played now, others played later, or not at all. Without these DJs, many now classic dance tracks would never have become UK hits (many without enjoying similar crossover success in the US) – the reason they were released here in the first place was because these specialist DJs were breaking them via the underground.
Things would change in a big way during those 2 years; we were entering the hybrid age for dance music, and the oncoming House and Techno and Hip Hop directions would all owe a huge debt to this era of dance alchemy and groove experimentation.
There are label scans of all the inclusions, each with the main credits listed, at the Electrofunkroots website, complete with end of year top 100s.
1982 Floorfillers Review:
1983 Floorfillers Review: