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The Obscure Music Club

Equip – XXXO

  • By: zizAziz
  • Category: Sound

About 10 years ago, came out from the darkness an unreleased track produced during a 1983's session by the UK electro pioneers Greg Wilson, Martin Jackson and Andy Connell, and the name chosen for the project was Equip.

Check out the story behind this proto acid house track while enjoying XXXO!

In 1983, the Legendary UK label Street Sounds, set up by Morgan Khan, released a series of LPs specialising in early electro/hip-hop.All the tracks on these "compilations" were written and produced by the same nucleus of people, although Morgan decided to invented different fictitious names for the album credits, giving the impression of a thriving British Electro movement.

The real nucleus of people behind the UK Electro sound were Greg Wilson, a pioneering DJ, Martin Jackson, drummer of the band Magazine, and Andy Connell, the keyboard player with A Certain Ratio.

A track from the UK Electro series that never included into LPs was XXXO. The reason was perhaps its straight 4/4 beat, too strange for the 80s clubs. Besides it was recorded as a demo track at Manchester's Drone Studio in December 1983.

When, in the early 90's, Greg Wilson featured it on a promo cassette compilation of his work, a number of people expressed surprise about how the track was a precursor of the Chicago House sound. More recently, Wilson included it on a CD he put together, originally for members of the Electro Empire website, which included an alternative version of the UK Electro Series. It's from these CD's that the interest in XXXO has built, resulting in the decision to finally make it available in 2007 with a limited 12" edition.

XXXO is a slice of British dance history, which has been described, in hindsight, as "Proto Acid House".
By complete accident, Wilson, Jackson and Connell had anticipated the direction that dance music was destined to take.