DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ADJUST YOUR RADIO - MARCH 2004
Six Million Steps (named after the Rahni Harris & F.L.O track from 1978) are a collective of old soulboys who really know their mustard. Their website www.sixmillionsteps.com is a veritable treasure trove of radio shows and mixes aimed at black music enthusiasts. In early 2004, aware of my return to the DJ realm, they asked me if I’d be up for doing a mix for them, and, being an old soulboy myself, it would have been extremely rude not to oblige my Southern-based brethren.
Given that the site was geared to radio rather than the clubs, I wanted to do something a bit different for them – something that contrasted with, yet complimented the Music Is Better mix, which I’d just put together (see http://soundcloud.com/gregwilson/music-is-better-re-edited). I decided to kick things off with the intro part of a favourite track by Parliament, ‘P Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)’, which had blown me away when I first got a copy on import 7” in March '76 (one of the first imports I ever bought, released back to back with the equally wonderful, but more club friendly ‘Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)’). I looped the opening lines to set the tone - ‘good evening, do not attempt to adjust your radio, there is nothing wrong, we have taken control as to bring you this special show, we will return it to you as soon as you are grooving…’.
I also had some old jingles that fitted the theme I had in mind, which was a radio show, but without a presenter - instead the tracks would be segued together via edited sections, sound bites and samples. It’s a real cut-up, very raw and experimental, referencing a wide spectrum of black music, mainly from the 70’s and early 80’s, taking in Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Electro-Funk, Hip Hop and Boogie, but with a few curve ball edits thrown in for good measure. Listening back I can clearly hear that, in some respects, I used it as an ideas pad, a number of which came to fruition later down the line.
It’s not a mix in the traditional sense, where the emphasis is placed on dancefloor flow – here the tracks are forged together in a more abstract manner via the link sections I created, and there’s certainly nothing linear about the programming, the tempo likely to slow down or speed up at any given juncture. Included is an old tape sketch, ‘Get Ready I’m A Comin’’, that I remember editing together in ’86 - the main loop being the drum break of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Jungle Jazz’, which would turn up the following year on the huge chart hit ‘Pump Up The Volume’ by M/A/R/R/S. There are some edits in progress, with the working titles ‘Still Lovin’ It’, ‘Sesame Seed’ and ‘T’s On The Mike’, which would appear a year later on Credit To The Edit Vol 1 - ‘Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)’ by The Salsoul Orchestra, ‘Open Sesame’ by Kool & The Gang and ‘Do It Anyway You Wanna’ by Mike T (‘Sesame Seed’ and ‘T’s On The Mike’ retained these titles for the first of the accompanying Credit To The Edit 12” releases). There was ‘Amp Trouble’ (mashing Amp Fiddler with rappers Double Trouble), which was later included alongside ‘Gotta Keep Workin’ It’ on the Young Dog Alien 12” in 2006. Then there were also a few more ruff’s that never got to see the light of day, at least not as yet – ‘Worldwide’, ‘Just A Touch’ and ‘This Is For You’.
Greg Wilson – October 2011