Recorded at the ‘Credit To The Edit‘ album launch in The Dolphin, a proper East End London pub, on Sunday July 31st 2005, this appearance, in effect, completed the first phase of my comeback. It was obviously a special occasion for me, launching an album of my own edits, an idea that would have seemed ridiculous just a few years before, when I was still a somewhat lost soul from the past who’d rarely ventured inside a club during the previous decade. I’d certainly never have believed that being a DJ would once again become my profession, let alone find myself deemed relevant enough for a label at the centre of what is now referred to as the Disco (or, to some, Nu Disco) movement to so strongly endorse my reignited career. Tirk, run by Sav Remzi, and born out of the mightily influential London based Nuphonic imprint, which played a big part in helping build the foundations for what’s happening now on our side of the scene, would play a major role in my renaissance.
I won’t go any further into the actual ‘Credit To The Edit’ compilation itself here, suffice to say that its release would follow in August ’05 and everything shifted up another level for me, my ever-expanding DJ horizons taking on an international dimension as the overseas bookings came in, enabling me to connect directly with people from different countries, from different continents. If you want the full lowdown on the album, there’s a section about C2theE at electrofunkroots: http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/credit_to_the_edit/index.html.
I regarded that day at the Dolphin as a celebration amongst some my new found friends of the past few years, plus one or two older ones, including a guy called Shaun Anton, who I’d been at school with, but hadn’t seen since way back when. It was like he’d appeared as a messenger from the past, just to mark the moment, and it doesn’t surprise me that I haven’t seen him in the 6 years since then – sometimes these strange time warps open up!
Running for a whopping 193 minutes, give or take a couple of seconds (40 tracks in all), this mix originally came in 3 CD length parts, but I’ve uploaded here as a continuous whole (you’ll hear Pt2 opening with the Happy Mondays ‘WFL’ fading up, and Pt3 entering after the fade out on West Phillips ‘(I’m Just A) Sucker For A Pretty Face’.
The first section was pretty chilled-out, as people arrived early evening and I just played downtempo grooves – it was more about setting the vibe than filling the dancefloor at that point. I was also conscious of the fact that this provided me with the opportunity to make a few personal references that I wasn’t able to bring into play in a normal club setting. This is most noticeable with the Reggae selections I indulged myself in, including ‘This Is Reggae Music’ by Zap Pow, which always evokes teenage memories of my great friend Derek Kaye, who played a big part in my formative DJ years, and ‘Double Barrel’ by Dave & Ansil Collins, which I blogged about being ‘My Favourite Number 1’ recently: http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2011/10/my-favourite-number-1. I even managing to slip in a huge personal favourite forever associated with the time just after I’d stopped deejaying - Was (Not Was) and ‘(Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks’, which was also, around this time, one of my 12x12 choices for the US magazine Wax Poetics: http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/lists/12x12.html
From this chilled-out foundation, things gradually morphed into full-on party vibe. It was the perfect way to wet the baby’s head, so to speak. I played for around 4 hours, so over three quarters of my spot was recorded. Listening back I had a little smile to myself at the fact that there’s a live prototype, towards the end of the second section, of what later became my signature track, ‘Two Sides Of Sympathy’, where I mix The PTA’s ‘Unfinished Thing’ into ‘One For The Devil’. Full lowdown / waveform for ‘Two Sides Of Sympathy’ here: http://soundcloud.com/gregwilson/edit-the-edit-two-sides-of
Lasermagnetic DJ’s, Neil Thornton and Johnny ‘Chingas’ Hiller, also appeared, having done a top job of co-promoting the event with Tirk. All in all it was a very memorable occasion both on a personal level, and for those who packed into that groove jammed Hackney boozer.
Greg Wilson – December 2011