Fred Perry SubSonic Live in February was road-blocked for Andrew Weatherall and friends. This time it’s the turn of the Southport Weekender guest DJ Greg Wilson to take charge, and what a night he has in store. Revered as one of the UK electronic scene’s original and defining DJs, Greg was responsible for bringing electro-funk to the seminal Wigan Pier and Hacienda nightclubs as far back as the early 80s – and needless to say we all know what followed. Greg’s Reels Of Steel set is where he adds incredible visuals to his set and it’s a first for London, having road-tested the concept at Bestival and Glastonbury last year. This will be a set that’s as pioneering visually as it is sonically. Get on board for the ride.
For Greg, appearing on the same bill as Afrika Bambaataa, exactly 30 years on from the release of his seminal ‘Planet Rock’ is a dream come true. ‘Planet Rock’ is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s defining recordings, setting the tone for the oncoming electronic dance revolution, whilst helping take Hip Hop global in the early 80s. This was a true hybrid, its impact, influence and inspiration an absolute game-changer. He has written this excellent piece on his blog in anticipation of Friday’s performance. Come and witness the legend and his MCs first hand in intimate surroundings.
Southport Weekender’s resident eclectic selector Gavin Kendrick will also be spinning in the main room, and he has compiled this blistering mini mixtape to accompany the event, titled ‘Love To Bam’.
Express of Sound feat. Afrika Bambaataa – Funky Weekend
Afrika Bambaataa – Mind Control (Danmas Remix)
Afrika Bambaataa feat. King Kamonzi – Dark Matter
Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock (Back To Basics Mix)
Afrika Bambaataa – Got That Vibe
Afrika Bambaataa – Just Get Up And Dance
Afrika Bambaataa – Soca Fever
Afrika Bambaataa feat. Mustafa Akbari – Just A Smoke
Afrika Bambaataa – Bell-E 2 Bell-E
Afrika Bambaataa – Shake Pop ‘N Roll
Afrika Bambaataa – The Godfather of Hip Hop
Afrika Bambaataa – All I Want
Shango – Zulu Groove
Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity
Afrika Bambaataa & Family – Sho Nuff Funky
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock
Props to Nardwuar for the interview snippets used throughout the mix.
All this for £5? Really?
Subsonic has been an integral part of the Subculture website reporting on the best of emerging international talent. SubSonic Live is the live manifestation of the concept and is a welcome addition to the London calendar through 2012. The bi-monthly event showcases emerging international talent and legends across 3 stages.
So, come and be part of it. Fred Perry – Subsonic Live.