Disciples preach ‘Testament of Groove’

Eddie Piller, the founder of the respected British record label Acid Jazz, which played an instrumental role in shaping London’s tremendously popular acid-jazz scene a decade ago with exciting acts such as the James Taylor Quartet, Corduroy, the Brand New Heavies, and Akimbo on its roster, will be returning to Greece as one of four guest DJs in a Club 22 event that has been dubbed «A New Testament of Groove» in Athens this Thursday night. Piller, who has spun discs here before, at a two-day jazz festival last winter, as well as at the Sola Luna dance festival on the island of Samothrace last summer, will be accompanied in back-to-back playing by Danny de Courtelle, a close associate of Piller’s, as well as by two high-profile locals, Blend, aka Giorgos Mandas, and LoFi, aka Lambros Tsamis, all of whom also played at Sola Luna. The DJs, who will be spinning discs together in a back-to-back, four-pronged session, first got together as a quartet at Sola Luna after a technical failure called for a revision of the event’s proceedings and put all four on stage at the same time in a well-received solution. Piller will be delving into his collection of acid jazz – the early 1990s British scene which emerged at a time when the dance music scene had begun to flourish in general with house-techno also at the forefront – as part of what should be a diverse yet cohesive four-DJ set with other similar-minded and related styles like soul, funk, and break beats on the agenda. «A New Testament of Groove» is at Club 22 on Thursday, 11.30 p.m. at 22 Vouliagmenis St. Entrance is 15 euros. Ironically, at the time of their early chart success, The Frank and Walters had headlined bills with a couple of relatively unknown bands as support acts. One of them, Suede, attracted quite a following soon afterward, while the other, Radiohead, nowadays ranks as one of the world’s biggest-selling rock bands.

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