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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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Re-Edit Culture – A Potted History Of The DJ Manipulator

Reel To Reel Room

Back in 1966, The Beatles’ record producer, George Martin, executed my favourite singular edit of all time. John Lennon had been working on the now iconic ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – he’d recorded 2 versions, and was faced with the dilemma of wanting to use the first section of one recording, but take the rest of the track from a completely different and more progressive version. His comment to George Martin, when the producer pointed out the difficulties of matching pitch and tempo, was ‘you can fix it’. The fixed version is the definitive one that we all know, two recordings perfectly merged together by one decisive splice. You can hear it, if you listen carefully, at just before the minute mark, on ‘going to’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE 

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20 Choice Edits And Reworks 2014

GW Revox Custom Reels By Felix Braun Photo By Elspeth Moore (1)

The Secret Life website has just put up my ’20 Choice Edits & Reworks For 2014′. It’s becoming something of an annual occurrence, this being the 3rd year that Secret Life have hosted the list, each inclusion complete with its own SoundCloud embed so you can hear all the individual tracks. Check it out here:
http://secretlifemusic.com/greg-wilson-20-choice-edits-reworks-for-2014/

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Revisionism – Remixing The Reflex Way

Michael-Jackson-Revised

A couple of months ago, when I last played in Brighton, I was talking to Paul Budd, the promoter (and DJ Pablo Contraband), about how things were going with his Unity Agency (a man of many fingers in pies is Paul / Pablo). He was really excited about just having added The Reflex as the latest addition to an increasingly impressive roster that also includes the likes of Late Nite Tuff Guy, Rayko, Social Disco Club and Fingerman. The Reflex is London based French DJ / Producer, Nicolas Laugier, and it wasn’t just his work that impressed Paul, but his overall persona. Paul told me;

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A&R Edits

Derek Kaye, Greg Wilson, Henry Greenwood

The first 2 releases on the new A&R Edits label are simultaneously issued this week on limited DJ only vinyl – ‘Buffalo Dance’ / ‘Voice of Nature’, Henry Greenwood’s reworks of Neneh Cherry’s ‘Buffalo Stance’ and George Benson’s version of ‘Nature Boy’, and ‘Nobody’ / ‘Music Up’, Derek Kaye’s takes on ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (which fuses the Frankie Knuckles ‘Hallucinogenic Mix’ and the ‘Bassapella’ with the original) and ‘Turn The Music Up’ by Players Association.

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Disco Now Disco Then

Daft Punk are sitting pretty at the top of the UK singles chart for the first time. The track in question, ‘Get Lucky’, taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Random Access Memories’, came as something of a surprise, for instead of hitching itself to the current EDM juggernaut that’s sweeping America, the French duo have completely bucked the trend by drawing their influence from Disco, featuring its most celebrated guitarist, the great Nile Rodgers of the Chic Organisation (as well as R&B vocalist, Pharrell Williams). A media sensation, it’s everywhere at the moment – on the radio, on the TV, in the clubs and, of course, all over the internet, becoming the most streamed new release in Spotify history. It’s already been re-edited by a whole host of DJs and is pretty much nailed on to be the single of the summer.

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The Anatomy Of An Edit

One of the biggest tunes for me during the past 12 months has been the edit I did of Late Nite Tuff Guy’s ‘One Nite In A Disco’. It’s finally been made available as a digital download, having previously been part of a limited vinyl only EP, which, now digitized, is topping Juno’s Disco download chart as I write this:
http://www.junodownload.com/products/1937261-02.htm

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