December 20, 2011 by DJ Elroy
Merry Christmas once again from Greg Wilson!
Previously limited vinyl only 2008
This edit (peppered with additional spins and samples) first appeared on Ruff Edits #2 as ‘Scandinavian Safari’ – the original, ‘Safari’ by Modern Sound Corporation, being a track I used to play at my hometown club, New Brighton’s Golden Guinea, back in 1979. For my edit, I placed the emphasis on the superior instrumental ‘Pt 2′ version, which found favour in UK Jazz-Funk circles at the time, its unique combination of African and Caribbean flavours setting it apart as a dubbed-up percussion driven Disco hybrid.
Arriving on import via TK’s Sunshine Sound label, prior to its UK release on Epic, it was assumed that this was hot out of Miami – but there was a strange but true twist to the tale, as it turned out to be of Swedish origin, having first surfaced in this unlikely location the previous year. It was, however, remixed by Florida’s finest, Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch, from KC & The Sunshine Band.
In 2000, the Idjut Boys excavated it for their ‘Saturday Night Live’ compilation on Nuphonic, and it subsequently became a much sought after eBay item.
Thinking about it now, the Ruff Edits series has, to date, been equally split between US and European tracks (by accident rather than design), with the European inclusions each from a different country – Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and the UK.
The Belgian and French inclusions are already uploaded here:
Chakachas ‘Jungle Fever’ (greg wilson edit) by gregwilson
Crystal Grass ‘Crystal World’ (greg wilson edit) by gregwilson
*just noticed that when you listen directly from the laptop you can hardly hear the bass at all – so bear this in mind, the bass being a key element of the track.
Greg Wilson – December 2011