UK DJ and remix/edit master Greg Wilson is ro release volume three of his Credit To The Edit series on Tirk Recordings after nearly a decade since the second in the series.

Featured on the compilation are his edits of disco classic Sheila & B. Devotion’s ‘Spacer’, early hip-hop favourite Fab Five Freddy’s ‘Change The Beat’, ’70s disco minor hit Space’s ‘Magic Fly’, New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths’s band Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’, Wilson’s edit of Todd Terje’s own edit of Chaz Jankel’s ‘Glad To Know You’, and recent dance favourite Red Rack’em’s ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ among them.

As a preview, the label offer his rework of ‘Magic Fly’ by Space, a Nialler9 vinyl favourite which Wilson got his hands on the original stems for.

“The track was recorded in Marseilles in 1977. One of the pioneering electronic dance records, it would just miss the top spot of the UK chart. The 4-piece group was formed by Didier Marouani (aka Ecama), who would write their material, arranging the tracks with fellow member Roland Romanelli, whilst working with producer Jean-Philippe Illesco. Dressing as spacemen, looking like a prototype Daft Punk, 3 of Space played synthesiser keyboards, the 4th behind a set of drums. Although Space’s original version didn’t show on the US Disco chart, a cover of ‘Magic Fly’ by the Canadian group Kebekelektrik, featuring Gino Soccio, who’d go on to build his own Disco legacy, was a top 10 club hit stateside in ’77. Space would enjoy top 5 Disco success with ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ / ‘Tango In Space’, both tracks taken from the ‘Magic Fly’ album.

Nang records (sister of the Tirk label), also looks after the back catalogue for Space, so when we were getting the tracklisting together for this album, the possibility of doing something with ‘Magic Fly’ occurred. The upshot was that Nang were able to provide the original stems, so I brought in Peza (aka Wolverhampton’s very own Lee Perry), who I’ve worked with on various remixes, and whose love of ‘70s / ‘80s Synth Pop made him the perfect collaborator for this new version.”

The original and what they looked like:

Tracklist

  1. T-Coy  – Cariño (8:02)
  2. Chaz Jankel – Glad To Know You (4.21)
  3. Escort – Cocaine Blues (7.19)
  4. Luxxury Feat The Reynolds  – Hold On (6.04)
  5. Chakachas –  Jungle Fever (6.18)
  6. Fab 5 Freddy & Beside –  Change The Beat (4.52)
  7. Psychemagik Feat Navid Izadi  – Mink & Shoes (7.01)
  8. Bassheads  –  Is There Anybody Out There (7.39)
  9. Sheila & B. Devotion  – Spacer (5.01)
  10. Space  – Magic Fly (6.08)
  11. Red Rack’em  – Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (6.08)
  12. Electronic  – Getting Away With It (10.09)
  13. Captain Rapp  – Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It) (8.32)
  14. Crystal Grass  –  Crystal World (7.21)

Track 14 and 14 are on the digital verison only.

About Greg Wilson

A groundbreaking DJ, Greg played a key role in introducing black electronic dance music to the UK via his early ‘80s residencies at Wigan Pier, Manchester’s Legend and The Haçienda, as well as over the airwaves on the city’s Piccadilly Radio. Working with Technics turntables, a Revox reel to reel tape machine and a razor blade, Greg carved out his reputation as a UK pioneer and champion of Electro-Funk. Whereas, more recently, following his 2003 comeback after a 2-decade hiatus, he’s gained international renown at the vanguard of a now global re-edits movement.

Posted on March 13th, 2018

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The Irish Museum of Modern Art has announced details of its summer party – Sunset Birth – on July 15th which is curated by artist Linder and musician Maxwell Sterling.

The lineup includes the debut Irish performance by the Kuwait electronic and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, DJ king Greg Wilson, Cork electronic musician WIFE, Boomkat DJ Conor Thomas and performances from Marcin Pietruszewski & Tristan Clutterbuck duo, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Teresa Winter, CROWW, Sam Kidel and Rian Treanor.

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Available to buy online Friday from 10am priced at €18.

Posted on May 24th, 2017

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The big don behind the imaginative Discotekken parties (Xmas and NYE?), The R&B Club and one-half of the Telephones crew, DJ Papa Lou shares his favourite tracks of the year with us as part of the Best Of 2015 series.

1. Junglepussy – Pop For You

Junglepussy was born Shayna McHayle on Halloween Night, 1991. She’s a strong, soulful, straight talkin’ rapper and songwriter from Brooklyn. She’s cited Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot & Kelis as influences. Her releases since 2013 have seen her move from a hip hop / trap sound to a more defined neo-soul style. Her album Pregnant With Success is littered with x-rated spoken sections reminiscent of ‘70s soul diva Millie Jackson. Apart from making great music, her album was stylishly self released on USB keyring & sold directly from her website (obviously retaining all rights) which indicates she’s badass in more ways than one. She’s everything I love about 2015’s musical landscape.

“I loved Moesha as a child, but now I take away something more special from it….Brandy cared about books, culture and where she was going.” – Junglepussy.


2. Erykah Badu – ‘Cel U Lar Device’ (Hotline Bling remix)

Speaking of Erykah. The one and only Queen Badu teamed up with her 17 year-old son Seven Benjamin (Andre 3000 is the father, cool parents or what) to put together a cover version / remix of Drake’s now infamous ‘Hotline Bling’. In fact she put out a whole cell-phone themed mixtape called But You Caint Use My Phone. She flips the booty call narrative to the female perspective — “If you’re calling to beg for the shit but this is that pre-call before the actual begging, press 5. If you’ve already made that pre-call and this is the call to beg, press 6”. Acerbic wit via calm, sultry vocals like it ain’t no thang. Untouchable.

https://soundcloud.com/calvin-seino/erykah-badu-hotline-bling-remix


3. Jim Dunloop – Leap Year feat. Sherry & S. Squair Blaq

It’s been a good year for R’n’B! So much so it’s become a buzz word. Jim Dunloop’s LP ‘Opus 78BPM’ on BBE Music has come out of nowhere. Dilla-inspired beats, neo-soul, hip hop and all that other good stuff come together for a really solid end of year release. I keep mentioning Erykah Badu but it’s hard to imagine this album existing without her influence. The tempo of every song clocks in at 78 beats per minute, which highlights the perception of pace and actual speed are often quite different. Interestin’. Jim brings 30 years of jazz piano playing to the table, i.e. he’s the real deal. Apart from this release, BBE’s output this year has been relentless, releasing music by Bilal, Inkswel, Ghostchant and countless others. I put them in the same category as Soul Jazz / Universal Sounds. I don’t know where they get the time, energy or indeed money to do what they do – releasing the cream of old and new music both digitally and physically. The world is lucky that people like this exist.


4. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – ‘Really Love’

D’Angelo has gifted us with new music after a 15 year wait. A full album and live tour no less. Listening to D’Angelo is good for your health. Truly beautiful.


5. The Reynolds – ‘Don’t You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come’

Greg Wilson is well and truly back on the scene burning up dance floors the world over. He’s also been back in the studio producing and putting out records. The first time I heard this was via poor quality laptop speakers so I didn’t notice the modern production. I thought it was an old disco record getting the reissue treatment, but no, it’s a brand new 2015 release with a lovely and genuine nod to the past. Loads of people are trying this and making a balls of it – this is the real deal. Seems to have gone under a radar which is a shame.

https://soundcloud.com/super-weird-substance/the-reynolds-dont-you-worry


6. Shanti Celeste – ‘Nu4him’

Chilean born, Bristol based Shanti Celeste has been quietly killing it recently putting out mellow, contemplative deep house & electro tinged records, equally relevant at home in your sitting room or on a busy unce-unce Saturday night dance floor. She’s a killer DJ, producer and co-runs the record label Brstl. What I like about Shanti is you can tell she’s doing her own thing, no scene or trend is gonna dictate her next move. I mean, electro’s popularity must be at an all-time low but she digs it so you can hear it in her sound, simple as that.


7. Mutual Attraction – ‘Lost Tape’

Gritty lo-fi deep house on some trendy hyped up vinyl only label from Berlin. I love and hate this kind of thing in equal measures. The music is good, but all the pretentious ‘vinyl only, no digital release’ stuff drives me crazy. It limits the music to a tiny demographic. Surely the point of releasing music is to spread it far and wide? This kind of carry isn’t gonna save the record industry. I’ll say no more.

https://soundcloud.com/monrose/lost-tape-mutual-attraction


8. Mary Clark – ‘Take Me I’m Yours’

Mid-tempo, soulful, string laden disco number originally released in 1980 (sounds more ’70s though) by one hit wonder Mary Clark. It was reissued this year on Bill Brewster’s ‘P&P Records Soul/Disco Anthology’ compilation. The cover describes it as a “legendary underground independent New York ghetto soul & disco label”.. so if you’re a disco freak you know what to do. P&P was run by Patrick Adams & Peter Brown, two serious movers and shakers from the golden era of disco, soul & boogie music.


9. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’

These guys are my favourite Irish act of recent years. Loads of energy & swagger. Bringing ’90s grunge / rock firmly and uncompromisingly into 2015. Anyone into Nirvana, The Pixies et al, you’re probably already a fan, but if not, get on it. They perform frequently around Ireland so keep an eye out and do try see them live. I don’t listen to a whole lot of ‘rock music’ at home, but a Bitch Falcon live show will blow you away. It’s refreshing to see them doing so well. They work hard for it and I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings for them.


10. Tayá – ‘Got Me Wondering’

I’ve been hooked on this modern R’n’B cut since it came out. Don’t have much info on Tayá though. She’s a young vocalist from Liverpool, that much is clear. Seems to be getting attention from all the right places so let’s hope big things happen for her in 2016. She has a great voice. You never know, we could have another Aaliyah on our hands.

Posted on December 10th, 2015

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Metropolis Festival in the RDS is only a week away and the afterparties in the city featuring festival acts have been announced:

The shows happen on Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 7th after the main event. Entrance is valid to those with weekend or day tickets or a wristband. If you’re not going, tickets can be bought from TM. There is some great stuff here:

Saturday

Questlove @ The Sugar Club
Hot Chip [DJ Set] @ Button Factory
Flight Facilities [DJ Set] + Alle Farben @ District 8
Discotekken W/ Greg Wilson @ Bunker
White Collar Boy @ Tengu
The Malibu Club @ The Grand Social
Special Guest TBA @ Soder Ko

Sunday

Jamie xx – Button Factory
Telephones with Maribou State & Sim Simma – Tengu


Benji B’s show on BBC One is one of my favourite shows to listen to.

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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Please enjoy my hour-long mix of tunes from people playing the Picnic this weekend. Tune into TXFM at 10pm tonight for My Electric Picnic special show.

Download links: Freakshare | MediaFire | OBoom

Here are the Electric Picnic stage times and my #newmusic picks of the festival.

Nialler9 Electric Picnic mixtape

  1. LCD Soundsystem – ’45:33′ (Prince Language mix)
  2. Blondie – ‘Rapture’ (Luxxury edit)
  3. Outkast – ‘Miss Jackson’ (Golden Pony remix)
  4. Glass Animals – Gooey (Gilligan Moss remix)
  5. Kelis – ‘Trick Me’
  6. Janet Jackson – ‘If’ (Kaytranada remix)
  7. Get Down Edits – ‘Do What You Wanna’
  8. Chic – ‘I Want Your Love’ (Todd Terje remix)
  9. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  10. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  11. Jungle – ‘Time’ (Joe Goddard remix)
  12. Adultrock – ‘Chants’
  13. SBTRKT and Sampha – ‘Look At Stars’
  14. Bicep – ‘Stash’
  15. Shit Robot feat. Nancy Whang – ‘Do That Dance’
  16. London Grammar – ‘Sights’ (Tourist remix)
  17. Roxy Music – ‘Love Is The Drug’ (Greg Wilson remix)

Posted on August 27th, 2014

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Red Bull Music Academy is hosting an RBMA weekender in Belfast from 25th to the 28th of September with four days of gigs, club nights, workshops and more in the Cathedral Quarter.

Nils Frahm, SKREAM, Terri Hooley, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Chez Damier, Special Request, Ryan Vail, Terri Hooley, The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart, Chez Damier, Bicep and Twitch are involved.

A series of free workshops featuring Greg Wilson Noel Watson, Bicep and Terri Hooley are also happening. Details for how to get into those is via Redbull.ie

RBMA weekender schedule

Thursday 25 September 2014 // 10pm

The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart and Twitch

The Bunatee, Queen’s University (Student Union)

Tickets priced £6


Friday 26 September 2014 // Time TBC

Workshop featuring BICEP

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed


Friday 26 September 2014 // 9.00pm

SKREAM, Chez Damier (Balance) & Special Request

The Limelight

Tickets priced £6


Saturday 27 September 2014 // 10.00pm

Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Terri Hooley & Noel Watson

Aether & Echo (A&E)

Tickets priced £8


Saturday 27 September 2014 // Time TBC

Lecture featuring Greg Wilson, Noel Watson & Terri Hooley

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed


Sunday 28 September 2014 // 5.00pm

Nils Frahm, Ryan Vail

City Hall

Tickets priced £5


Tickets are  available at ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. 

Posted on August 19th, 2014

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Longitude Festival is fast approaching this weekend in Marlay Park and while you already probably know the big draws you’re going to see whether it’s Haim, Disclosure, Ben Howard, Massive Attack, Rudimental, Hozier or Chvrches, like last year, here are my recommendations for five acts per day to see that are lesser known but equally worthy of making your festival.

There’s also a Spotify playlist of Longitude artists at the end of the post along with the site map and a timetable.

You can catch me DJing at the TXFM stage on Sunday night alongside Kelly-Anne Byrne and Claire Beck. My show on TXFM on Thursday night at 10pm will be a Longitude special too.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Spotify playlist & timetable


Friday

1. Lasertom

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Red Bull Music Academy Stage, 3:15pm

When not rocking some sweet electronic funk with his partner in Ships, Simon Cullen delves headlong into elongated gilded space-disco. Last year’s Drift album collated his cosmic grooves into one place and live, recently at Body & Soul, Cullen had pushed the shapes of the songs into more hypnotic synth-laden structures.


2. Snakehips

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Heineken Stage, 4pm

From recent collaborations with Sinead Harnett to George Maple, London production duo have shown they have the chops to make head-nodding sunshine summer jams, halfway between R&B and electronic.


3. I Am The Cosmos

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Red Bull Music Academy Stage, 15.45pm

Monochrome is one of my favourite albums of the last five years and that’s reason enough to recommend the Dublin pair. Ross Turner and Cian Murphy’s moody disco is infused with the brittle beauty of warm synthesizers of the past. Live, they expand, with members Rian Trench and Glen Keating into a propulsive and sophisticated live electronic band.


4. Krystal Klear

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Heineken Stage, 6.15pm

The Irish-born Manchester based DJ and producer has moved from electronic disco into deeper dancefloor weapons on his own label Cold Tonic in recent months and the sound really suits him, particularly when a tune as epic as ‘Squad’ is in his record bag. I would go for this song alone.


5. John Talabot

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Heineken Stage, 7:30pm

The Catalan producer’s 2012 album fin brought him international acclaim but he’s mostly spent the last two years DJing around the world since then with the exception of a handful of live shows. Listen to his three-hour set from the Button Factory last December for an idea.


Also recommended on Friday:

Bonobo, Samaris, Parquet Courts, Shane Linehan.


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Posted on July 16th, 2014

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The lineup for Casa Bacardi at Electric Picnic has been announced today.

Nancy Whang (Sunday), Dmitri From Paris (Friday), Pleasurekraft, The 2 Bears (Sunday), Jonas Rathman, Ejeca (Saturday), Greg Wilson, Billy Scurry, Discotekken, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Mother DJs, Billy Scurry and Ghostboy are among the DJs lined up to play.

Bacardi is also looking to give someone an opportunity to showcase their talent at Casa Bacardi this year via their #trystop me campaign, which aims to give a platform to creative talent that share Bacardi’s untameable spirit. Their are four distinct categories: DJ/Musician, Photography, Design and a wildcard ‘Wild Bat’ category which can be any piece of work that people might enjoy at the festival.

Entries to all categories can be submitted through video, sound file or photo format to the #TryStopMe site. I’m one of the judges of the comp:

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Posted on July 7th, 2014

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