Solid Steel Radio 22/02/2013 - DK, Joe Acheson & Greg Wilson
Solid Steel (22nd February) DK starts with a few current gems leading with the huge Romare track 'Your love', new music from Ty and the stunning single from James Blake, plus Machinedrum remixing Guilty Simpson and a classic Donald Byrd production for The Blackbyrds.
Then we welcome Joe Acheson (aka Hidden Orchestra) with his latest mix celebrating the release of the single 'Fourth Wall' from the 'Archipelago' album on Tru Thoughts. Like previous mixes it features all the variety of music that Joe has been listening to in the last year or so, much of which he has added to, mashed up or remixed, with lots of spoken word and field recordings. One of the themes is sleep, or the lack of it - and there's a strong theme of imagined live collaborations - Kelpe with Thom Yorke, Ivor Cutler and Johnny Cash trading verses over Jan Johansson's piano with added beats, Four Tet and Neil Cowley, Steve Reich with vocals from John Lennon and Finsta Bundy…
The full 79min version of this mixtape will be available at http://www.hiddenorchestra.com/ and you can catch them live on 23rd February at the Tru Thoughts night at Koko in London.
It's a great honour to welcome Greg Wilson for our 25th Anniversary slot in Hour 2. A legendary figure who's own career started in 1975 and a pioneer of mixing in the UK, with residencies at Wigan Pier and Manchester's Legend and Hacienda clubs in the early eighties. He is also know for his masterful edits and 2013 also marks 30 years since he went into a recording studio. For this mix he unveils a whole host of unreleased tracks that have been part of his 'Confessions of a Teenage DJ' project, with only a handful having been previously released. As Greg says;
“It’s got an autobiographical theme, in an abstract sort of way (although sometimes it’s quite direct). Always in the past I’ve been dependant on musicians, singers and engineers in order to realise any musical ideas I might have, whereas this is the first thing I’ve done that is totally me. It’s loops based, as that’s the way I’ve always worked, but it’s a little more involved than straight re-edits (more like multi-track edits). Most of all, it’s by me for me. What I mean is that it wasn’t made with anyone else in mind. The samples chosen obviously reflect my own influences and love of music (and film for that matter). If other people like it, that’s a bonus, it’s always good to share a vibe, but it ultimately doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, the main thing is that I’m really into it. There’s definitely a cathartic aspect to Teenage DJ, hence the projects name, it’s me revisiting me, from a spectrum of previous points in my life – every sample representing a certain period, or moment, for me.”
Check out http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2013/02/confessions-of-a-teenage-dj/ for the full run down of this project from Greg (plus a lot more on dance music history on his site) and to cap it all, it's also his birthday today!