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Crystal Grass 'Crystal World' (greg wilson edit)

gregwilson on November 10, 2011 11:44

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    Crystal Grass ‘Crystal World’ (greg wilson edit)

    122 bpm

    Previously limited vinyl only 2010.

    I’ve just blogged about the ‘Time Capsule’ series I did for Samurai FM during 06/07 – where I re-visited the records I was playing exactly 30 years earlier, month by month. This was born of ‘First Impressions’ a selection of 25 singles I played when I first started out as a club DJ back in December 1975. Full lowdown here:
    http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2011/11/time-capsule/

    ‘First Impressions’ includes the enigmatic French Disco Funk nugget, ‘Crystal World’ by Crystal Grass, a track that really blew my mind when I first heard it, and continues to be a big personal favourite from that mid-70’s period. There were many great records around at the time, but this had a different edge about it – right from the get go, with that addictive driving bassline, there was something pretty trippy taking place within these Gallic grooves.

    I suppose it was always primed for an edit from me, just to extend it out a bit. This ended up being pressed on vinyl back to back with an edit of another essential early European club cut, ‘Jungle Fever’ by Chakachas (from 1972). The coupling appeared on GW Ruff Edits #4 as ‘French Crystal’ / ‘Belgian Jungle’.

    It’s European origin certainly comes into it, but the unusual, somewhat uncanny atmosphere of ‘Crystal World’ is what will always set it apart as a unique recording (the closest to this vibe during the same era, to my ears, was Strutt’s ‘Time Moves On’, from ‘76, with its distinctively eerie undertones – a track that I’ve also subsequently edited, this time for Cosmic Boogie). When I played at the Soul Casino during the Vintage Festival on London’s Southbank last summer, both the Crystal Grass and Strutt edits featured, alongside other selections from the 7 year period ’69-‘76 . You can check it out here:
    SOUL CASINO @ VINTAGE SOUTHBANK 29.07.11 (greg wilson live selection) by gregwilson/

    Greg Wilson – November 2011

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