SWS001 | Summer Came My Way
Having been one of his biggest festival tunes in the summer of 2014, the Luxxury mix of Greg Wilson’s ‘Summer Came My Way’ – which originally surfaced on last year’s ‘Schooled In The Classics’ 12” – was put on the back burner throughout the winter in readiness for a full 2015 release. Juxtaposed by Walter Ego’s equally sublime take on the track, the release marks the first of eight records to be issued over the summer months.
Sometimes composition is a long and arduous process, other times a song arrives fully formed. The latter was the case for Greg when he imagined ‘Summer Came My Way’ as a vehicle for hitherto unknown vocal forces of nature, The Reynolds – twins Katherine and the song’s lead singer Carmel – who, by beautiful serendipity happened to live within a mile of Greg’s Merseyside home.
Bursting out of LA with a lavish twelve-part re-edit series last year, Luxxury’s brand of hazy, slo-mo reworks – a West Coast Balaeric fusion – has catapulted him onto the world stage. Opening his mammoth eight- hour Berghain set in 2013 with Luxxury’s ‘Hotel California’ rework, Greg helped bring his Los Angeles vibes to wider attention, bolstered by his subsequent support of other reworks; ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Riders On The Storm’.
A victim of his own success, ‘Hotel California’ gained Luxxury a little too much notoriety and, after a Wall Street Journal interview began circulating, Warner came down on him like a ton of bricks on finding out he’d used The Eagles’ multitracks. All was resolved however and he’s currently recording his forthcoming album, with great things expected for 2015 and beyond. The Luxxury approach perfectly fitted Greg’s vision of the song and the result is a glorious nine-minute epic, just in time for the summer.
With releases on the legendary Ninja Tune, San Francisco’s murky Symbols and Kerri Chandler’s jackin’ MadTech, Walter Ego’s appeal stretches across the board; from forward thinking house to rough and ready grime. Having got to know the Sheffield musician during recent years, Greg was impressed by what he heard, especially an as yet unreleased project he was working on in collaboration with London singer, Obenewa. Inviting him to remix the track, Walter returned an ethereal yet mechanical take on ‘Summer Came My Way’, his delicately decaying synths and cold hydraulic rhythm giving the track a brooding quality and placing The Reynolds in an entirely new context.
￼￼‘Gorgeous. Makes me want to take the first flight to Ibiza and lie in a hammock for a month.’
~ Iestyn George
￼‘Definitely will be able to use the Luxxury mix of the first release, really nice ￼vocal track, like it a lot.’
~ Bill Brewster
SWS001 | Greg Wilson Featuring The Reynolds – Summer Came My Way
Released 22nd June 2015