Joining the musical dots and colouring in your ears, Gilles Peterson is the tastemaker's tastemaker.
From his origins in the halcyon days of UK pirate radio, through to his long standing and globally revered Worldwide show on Radio 1, a nod from Gilles on the airwaves is a priceless affirmation that can't be bought or sold. If thereâ€™s any doubt about that, ask local recent recipients of his highly esteemed patronage, like 2005 Worldwide Album Of The Year winners Fat Freddyâ€™s Drop, or the Turnaround tipped Electric Wire Hustle and Julien Dyne, both of whom were featured amongst his Worldwide tracks of 2009. Recent guests have included Digital Mystikzâ€™ Mala, Mos Def, Joy Orbison and Radioheadâ€™s Thom Yorke, which should give a small clue to the depth and breadth, of this musically obsessed gentlemanâ€™s taste and reach.
Gillesâ€™s Acid Jazz and Talkin' Loud record labels came to symbolize, and embody, the top shelf of sideways jazz and elsewhere sounds, that permeated the progressive playlists of the late 80's and 90's. Now his latest imprint Brownswood Recordings (Jose James, Soil & Pimp Sessions, the Bubblers series etc) has become a vital valve on the most discerning retro rolled and futuristically flavoured sounds, based purely on ruthless quality control and superior beatsmanship.
His first New Zealand performances at the Box, back in the early/mid 90â€™s, still rate amongst the most spectacular and defining moments in Auckland club culture. However it has been too long since Gilles has been seen around these parts in his element, laying it down clubwise in the unique style and fashion he has honed since the legendary Dingwalls and Electric Ballroom days of over two decades ago.
While others may rely on mix tricks to make the most of not a great deal, Gilles has the goods, the real goodsâ€¦ to take you on a journey through crates that are the envy of collectors and new school beatheads globally. The chance to see the only NZ appearance of one of the worlds most in demand (and yet resolutely individual and adventurous) DJâ€™s, in the Turnaround atmosphere, is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the year, and a full sell-out.Â An elevated mind and open ears are essential, donâ€™t miss!
Gilles Peterson @ The Turnaround Fri 26th Feb, Bacco Room, 53 Nelson St, Auckland City Tickets $35 + BF available from Conch Records, 115A Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby More Info:
Gilles Peterson Worldwide Website