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From progressive, intergalactic disco to tribal techno, otherworldly electronica and eccentric techno ideas, Optimo Music holds the intent that ‘love is the message’. The label is the musical outlet of the Glaswegian nightclub Optimo Espacio and is led by Keith McIvor aka JD Twitch of the DJ duo, Optimo. Since 2009, the imprint has forged countless memories with releases from artists including: Tornado Wallace, The Golden Filter, Noo, Vanessa Worm, The Golden Filter, Maria Rita, Bergsonist, Penelope Trappes, Pussy Mothers and more.
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New Meridian
Dark Blue Trees - (3:12) 77 BPM
Spiral Jetty - (4:39) 75 BPM
Cold Stars - (5:07) 89 BPM
Hireath - (5:07) 70 BPM
Left Home - (4:57) 93 BPM
Below Mono - (5:44) 87 BPM
Fogou - (6:33) 78 BPM
The Chasmic - (9:39) 57 BPM
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OM LP 28 D
16 Feb 24
Experimental/Electronic
Spiral Jetty
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OM LP 28 D 2
05 Feb 24
Experimental/Electronic
Below Mono (Explicit)
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OM LP 28 D 1
26 Jan 24
Techno
Golden Apple EP
Golden Apple - (7:03) 119 BPM
Sand Worm - (4:44) 114 BPM Hot
The Answer - (4:47) 108 BPM
Musikdimension - (4:57) 116 BPM
Illuminatus - (7:01) 118 BPM
Golden Apple (Sascha Funke remix) - (5:37) 126 BPM
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OM 57 D
27 Oct 23
Deep House
Everyone Is Making It Up
Yoga For Complete Beginners - (5:03) 85 BPM Hot
Tuning In To Shades Of Green - (5:42) 80 BPM
Colouring In The Corners - (6:58) 66 BPM
Received Wisdom - (3:27) 83 BPM
What We Do Now - (5:13) 112 BPM
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OM 56 D
13 Oct 23
Experimental/Electronic
Clyde Falls EP
Over The Moon For You - (3:05) 66 BPM
Clyde Falls - (3:51) 65 BPM
Ban My Shadow - (2:56) 64 BPM
What I Meant To Say Was (feat Jack Sheehan) - (3:12) 60 BPM
We're Made Up (feat Jack Sheehan) - (3:31) 84 BPM Hot
Reality Is Cool - (3:07) 64 BPM
Luteal Phase - (3:39) 75 BPM
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OM 55 D
29 Sep 23
Experimental/Electronic
Superconductor
Tramp - (4:34) 58 BPM Hot
Machine Sky - (6:04) 65 BPM
Level Control - (6:07) 65 BPM
Super Conductor - (6:04) 100 BPM
Octopii - (7:28) 65 BPM
Dictation - (6:28) 65 BPM
Beets - (2:59) 65 BPM
Circus In My Head - (4:37) 65 BPM
Steppin' Through - (5:58) 67 BPM
Muscle Relaxer - (4:46) 71 BPM
Sleeping Through The Day - (5:21) 106 BPM
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OM LP 27 D
23 Jun 23
Experimental/Electronic
Cease & Resist - Sonic Subversion & Anarcho Punk In The UK 1979 -1986
Various
Zounds - "Can't Cheat Karma" - (2:43) 99 BPM
Honey Bane - "Girl On The Run" - (3:58) 99 BPM
Crass - "Bloody Revolutions" - (6:44) 71 BPM
Annie Anxiety - "Hello Horror" - (5:40) 125 BPM
Flux Of Pink Indians - "Tube Disasters" - (4:06) 86 BPM Hot
Andy T - "Death Is Big Business" - (1:29) 122 BPM
Poison Girls - "Underbitch" - (4:18) 151 BPM
Alternative - "Anti-Christ" - (4:41) 133 BPM
The Cravats - "Rub Me Out" - (5:47) 141 BPM
The Apostles - "Mob Violence" (Unreleased Studio version) - (4:12) 101 BPM
Lack Of Knowledge - "We're Looking For People" - (4:02) 140 BPM
Hit Parade - "Here's What You Find In Any Prison" - (3:08) 114 BPM
Hagar The Womb - "Idolisation" - (2:48) 94 BPM
Alternative TV - "The Force Is Blind" - (3:48) 143 BPM
Chumbawamba - "Revolution" - (4:45) 91 BPM
The Ex - "Aye Carmela" - (3:13) 80 BPM
D&V - "Conscious (Pilot)" - (2:58) 83 BPM
The Mob - "No Doves Fly Here" (Unreleased Studio version) - (6:19) 110 BPM
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OM ANARCHO 01 D
12 May 23
Rock
The Mask Of Sanity
The Mask Of Sanity - (5:25) 90 BPM
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OM LP 26 D S 1
13 Apr 23
Ambient/Drone
The Fool
Verderfelijk - (5:02) 77 BPM
De Elitetheorie - (3:06) 58 BPM
Brand In De Straten - (4:01) 67 BPM
Bag Of Gold (Words By John Cage) - (3:02) 102 BPM
Oh Light, Oh Flame - (3:05) 71 BPM
Commando - (2:55) 62 BPM
Later Met Je Beste Zelf (feat Eelco Couvreur) - (2:39) 76 BPM Hot
Verwijder Jezelf - (3:32) 90 BPM
De Dwaas - (4:25) 74 BPM
The Valley - (2:55) 61 BPM
He Romy - (3:23) 62 BPM
Vlees Bloed - (3:40) 70 BPM
De Zon Voor Altijd Rood - (3:29) 86 BPM
Played by: Monty Luke
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OMLP 25D
31 Mar 23
Experimental/Electronic
Prince Of Flowers EP
Prince Of Flowers - (6:06) 123 BPM
The Oracle - (4:35) 124 BPM Hot
Intelligent Energy - (4:23) 133 BPM
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OM 54 D
16 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Without Illusion
Open Hours - (6:09) 100 BPM
Lick The Bag - (6:06) 124 BPM
Modern Nature - (4:33) 115 BPM
Sell Your Stuff (dub) - (5:29) 74 BPM
Pure Touch - (4:57) 113 BPM Hot
Ask Your Body - (6:24) 122 BPM
Love Without Illusion - (5:07) 101 BPM
Zero Hours - (4:20) 102 BPM
Review: Glaswegian outfit Pleasure Pool - a collaboration between producer/synth player Finn O'Hare, vocalist Andrew Robertson and a rotating cast of guest musicians from the local scene - delight in creating hard-to-pigeonhole music that combines club-friendly elements with live performance and nods to a wide variety of sonic styles. 'Love Without Illusion', their debut album, is an exemplary exploration of this approach, offering aural attractiveness and a string of highlights. Our picks of a very strong bunch include the slipped breakbeats, stirring synth-strings, New Jersey organ stabs and analogue bass of 'Modern Nature', the wayward electro-dub eccentricity of 'Sell Your Stuff (Dub)', the Balearic synth-pop colour of opener 'Open Hours' and the humid, immersive, sunrise-ready deep psychedelia of 'Love Without Illusion'.
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OM LP 24 D
09 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Navigating The Kali Yuga Vol 1
Ourania - (6:58) 78 BPM
Sa Caroca - (4:19) 71 BPM
Apana - (7:48) 65 BPM
Deer Horns | The Lower Triangle - (5:38) 80 BPM
Slow Ecstasy - (4:40)
Deer Horns | The Upper Triangle - (11:53) 82 BPM
Le Jardin Et Son Jardinier - (14:57) 73 BPM
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OM 53 D
25 Nov 22
Experimental/Electronic
Love Without Illusion
Love Without Illusion - (5:07) 101 BPM Hot
Dub Without Illusion - (4:50) 136 BPM
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OM LP 24 S 1
18 Nov 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Young Birds
Palette - (3:55) 120 BPM Hot
Young Birds - (8:34) 121 BPM
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OM 52 D
11 Nov 22
Indie/Alternative
Who Goes There
Litany - (4:20) 79 BPM
Dead Or Alive - (4:42) 62 BPM
The Other Place - (4:37) 90 BPM
Who Goes There? - (5:00) 100 BPM Hot
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OM 51D
01 Jul 22
Experimental/Electronic
Neon Noir EP
The Illusionist - (4:57) 67 BPM
Falling Out Of Water - (5:08) 103 BPM Hot
Neon Noir - (6:56) 53 BPM
Gods Below - (7:29) 101 BPM
Last Orders - (6:01) 109 BPM
Review: Stu Evans - the man behind the world renowned Green Door Studios - returns under the Sordid Sound System moniker with this impressive four-tracker for fellow Glaswegians Optimo Music. Whether it's on the tripped-out, balearic party vibes of "The Illusionist", the slo-mo tribal beats of "Falling Out Of Water" or the acid-laced dark disco of closing track "Last Orders", it's clear that the now California-based producer has found a new groove that is very much influenced by the west coast lifestyle on the Neon Noir EP.
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OM 50 D
10 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
NRGY
Holes In My CV - (5:38) 66 BPM
Time - (6:43) 62 BPM Hot
Snowglobe - (5:52) 57 BPM
NRGY - (6:51) 60 BPM
Module - (7:05) 66 BPM
N.O.D. - (4:26) 71 BPM
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OM LP 22 D
27 May 22
Experimental/Electronic
Losing Perspective
Cold Feet - (4:39) 88 BPM
Agent Kink - (4:11) 63 BPM Hot
Fragments Of A Marching Stone - (3:58) 80 BPM
Lazy Soldier - (5:20) 80 BPM
All Diving Lucid Blue - (5:39) 90 BPM
Review: Rudolf Abramov is a duo based in Berlin that are said to have ticked all the right boxes for a release worthy on Optimo Music, with strong elements of post punk being one of the main facets so appealing about their sound. Losing Perspective features five diverse tracks: there's the low slung junkyard funk of "Agent Kink", some Kraftwerk-ish robot minimalism on "Fragments of a Marching Stone" and the alternative dub of "Last Soldier" being just some of its finest moments
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OM 48D
01 Apr 22
Experimental/Electronic
Close To Home
Alif Lam - (2:28) 111 BPM
Horizons - (6:56) 60 BPM Hot
Fille De Racaille - (6:51) 63 BPM
State Of Existence - (6:01) 63 BPM
Sanctuary - (6:26) 62 BPM
The Nowness - (3:26) 112 BPM
Kan Ya Makan - (6:12) 65 BPM
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OM 49D
25 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
Night Songs
Black Cat In A Black Room - (6:16) 64 BPM
A Man Without Purpose (feat Andreas Roysum) - (8:51) 82 BPM
Hab Mich Lieb (feat Ricky) - (6:16) 80 BPM
Slow Down (feat Linn Nystadnes) - (9:24) 85 BPM
Cold Clementine - (5:22) 90 BPM Hot
The Light You Saw Was Not For Real (feat Andreas Roysum) - (9:22) 109 BPM
The Night Within The Night - (8:26) 73 BPM
When You Wake Up Everything Will Be Fine - (5:10) 101 BPM
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OMLP 21D
12 Nov 21
Experimental/Electronic
Feel The Tension
200 FA - (3:23) 116 BPM
Aqua 2000 - (3:47) 55 BPM Hot
Tension (Red) - (4:02) 60 BPM
All Systems Out - (3:18) 113 BPM
Tension (Blue) - (3:44) 120 BPM
Review: Optimo Music Archiv is a new offshoot label for revisiting music JD Twitch has been a big fan of for a very long time. This first release takes a selection of Force Dimension favourites and reconfigures them as an extended EP reissue. Cited as the first EBM duo to spearhead what we now know as Belgian new beat, Feel The Tension comprises four bangers and the one, dazzling, B-side hit "200 FA" ( described by Optimo as a perfect and sought after piece of '90s rave era E-music). It's poppy lead track "Tension" comes in two forms, 'Red' with its gnarly bassline and 'Blue' with sweet synths, complimenting the gothic riffs in "Aqua 2000" and industrial neo-punk of "All Systems Out". This is Belgium.
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OMARCHIV 01D
04 Jun 21
Coldwave/Synth
Ana One
Sleep C'mon (2021 Bass mix) - (6:28) 100 BPM
Dino (Unreleased version) - (11:06) 57 BPM
250914ao (Night mix) - (5:23) 86 BPM
Feln - (7:51) 110 BPM
Black Lab - (6:00) 80 BPM
Galore - (6:01) 66 BPM
Galena - (8:11) 100 BPM
Bim Bap - (6:47) 60 BPM
Wet Job - (6:53) 61 BPM Hot
Red Cones - (6:21) 109 BPM
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OM 47D
14 May 21
Experimental/Electronic
Sunchemical
Sunchemical Californium (Charles Webster remix) - (10:27) 123 BPM Hot
Sunchemical Carbon - (6:57) 129 BPM
Sunchemical Bismuth - (7:03) 131 BPM
Sunchemical (album version) - (5:56) 129 BPM
Review: Originally released on legendary outsider label Staalplaat smack-bang in the middle of the '90s, sounds of the post industrial & ambient duo O Yuki Conjugate have been recalled once again, this time by Optimo Music. Until now the original Staalplaat 12" was a near impossible record to find, with Optimo giving its 2021 reissue a slightly reconfigured version. Cherry picking "Bismuth", "Carbon" and an original album version of "Sunchemical" itself, the album dusts off a time capsule of exotica, percussion and hand drumming music amid a stream evolving textures, subtle drones and other new age instrumentation. Bonus to this comes a timeless remix from Sheffield and Peacefrog producer Charles Webster!
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OM 46D
23 Apr 21
Balearic/Downtempo
Vanessa 77
144 - (1:18) 76 BPM
123 - (1:58) 77 BPM
Bones & Blood - (3:46) 66 BPM
Heaven To Hell - (4:19) 72 BPM
Cold Hard Blues - (6:30) 59 BPM
In Heaven We Are - (5:01) 62 BPM
0000 - (6:48) 100 BPM Hot
Satisfaction - (6:17) 94 BPM
Tiny Revolutions - (4:10) 69 BPM
Cave Of Creation - (2:50) 61 BPM
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OMLP 18D
10 Jul 20
Experimental/Electronic
System
Protomartyr - (4:36) 129 BPM
But Please - (4:11) 116 BPM
Expatriotism - (5:13) 105 BPM
Lesser Free - (4:20) 100 BPM Hot
Review: With a name for the ages, Isolating follows his recent remix of the Golden Filter with this dystopian record on Optimo. It starts with the stepping rhythm and noisy analogue riffs and howling vocal samples of "Protomartyr", a wayward take on techno. In a similar vein, "But Please" features gloomy sound scapes and a repetitive vocal unfolding over a stuttering rhythm. Isolating makes a move of sorts towards the dance floor on "Expatriotism", where the focus is on a low-slung EBM groove, while the release concludes with "Lesser Free", a comparatively serene affair featuring dreamy, neo-classical ambient textures.
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OMDD 027
08 May 20
Techno
Midnight Mania
Midnight Mania - (5:49) 110 BPM Hot
Atoms - (6:10) 115 BPM
Mundane Brain - (6:41) 115 BPM
PNG (Praise No Ghosts) - (7:02) 128 BPM
Jungle Dream - (6:13) 134 BPM
Review: Following on from his 2017 Lonely Planet long player, Optimo has teased a mini-album from Tornado Wallace. Focusing on the earth and its place in the cosmos, Midnight Mania is an expansive affair that starts off with the psychedelic, swampy title track, before moving into the blurred chants and dense drums of "Atoms". "Mundane Brain" is by contrast a deeper piece, with melodic chimes and rickety back beats prevailing, while he ups the tempo on "Png (Praise No Ghosts)", which resounds to a pulsating electronic groove, hollowed out break beats and mesmerising electronic melodies. This highly conceptual piece concludes with the rolling breaks and techno bleeps of "Jungle Dream".
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OMLP 17D
20 Mar 20
Techno
Rizitiko
Our Beautiful Peacock - (6:22) 94 BPM
Red Little Rose - (5:47) 130 BPM
The Prudent One - (9:15) 127 BPM Hot
The Eagle - (8:27) 158 BPM
The Dream - (5:54) 155 BPM
Review: Deep and exotic folk trips from the prevailing alias of Rena Rasouli, Venus Volcanism, whose traditional chants, bird songs and field recordings combine with shaded and evolving synths to deliver Optimo Music a most enchanted EP. Beats are few and far between here, if at all, allowing sustained chords and deep pulsations of bass to create emotively-moving atmospheres made all the more luminous by Rasouli's rich vocal passages, doubled down by progressive harmonies and nebulous undertones. With a heavy set of Greek inspirations, the artist lifts her sound from the depths of an enchanted terrain otherwise neverheard gaining us access to a deep-reaching bliss.
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OMWEAPON 2D
13 Mar 20
Ambient/Drone
Oven Fresh Electronic Music
Bikini - (3:55) 126 BPM Hot
False Narrations - (7:01) 128 BPM
EOG - (6:05) 55 BPM
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OM 45D
06 Mar 20
Techno
Midnight Mania
Midnight Mania - (5:49) 110 BPM
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OMDD 22
28 Feb 20
Experimental/Electronic
Cups
Cups - (3:17) 100 BPM Hot
Desperate Measures - (3:54) 105 BPM
Gloam - (6:08) 50 BPM
Gogar - (3:06) 67 BPM
Corrie Caves - (3:25) 97 BPM
Acapella - (3:20) 77 BPM
Gees Peace - (3:59) 80 BPM
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OM 44D
14 Feb 20
Experimental/Electronic
Middle Ouest
Middle Ouest - (4:02) 133 BPM
Amazon Snake Charming - (6:27) 101 BPM
Gaza Border Violence - (3:42) 129 BPM Hot
Magnesium - (5:22) 101 BPM
Otology - (3:26) 135 BPM
L'algorithme - (3:04) 120 BPM
La Rave - (4:26) 136 BPM
Ach Briti - (2:32) 52 BPM
Don't Have Babies - (3:18) 115 BPM
Faith Game - (6:01) 117 BPM
Poverty - (5:17) 96 BPM
Review: Bergsonist aka Selwa Abd follows 2017's From Dualism To Monism long player with this collection of left of centre tracks. Drawing on her Eastern roots, Middle resounds to organic drum sounds. At times chaotic and dense, audible on the title track's clattering arrangement, in other instances club-friendly and direct - just check "Gaza Border Violence" or the electronic groove of "Otology" - it marks her out as an artist with a unique approach. In case you are in any doubt about Bergsonist's capabilities, on "Magnesium" she deconstructs beat down house and adds extra, textured layers that are nothing short of hypnotic.
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OMLP 16D
17 Jan 20
Techno
Extreme Dance Anthems
Inner Revolution - (5:43) 79 BPM
Out Of Body - (1:16) 140 BPM
Bones - (5:39) 125 BPM Hot
Skin On Skin - (3:57) 123 BPM
Everyone - (5:23) 101 BPM
Everywhere - (3:45) 101 BPM
Played by: Kongisto
Review: JD Twitch's Optimo Music bring us an EP/mini-album from the Glasgow duo of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, formerly known as Happy Meals but currently sailing under the Free Love flag. Experimental electronic disco is the mood overall here: opener 'Inner Revolution' has elements of bleep, Italo and electro, 'Everyone' rocks the Balearic vibes, 'Out Of Body' reaches further into full-on ambience, 'Bones' is an Italo-acid fusion thang and 'Skin On Skin' recalls the punk-funk of late 70s New York, while 'Everywhere' brings the EP to a suitably wonked-out conclusion. More a home listening experience than a collection of floor-fillers, but worthy of investigation all the same.
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OM 43D
20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Weaponise Your Sound
Various
Human Jones - "Super Pit" - (3:14) 113 BPM
Fantastic Twins - "Frozen Dreams In Candy Paradise" - (5:48) 95 BPM
Sue Zuki - "Didufindher" - (2:07) 133 BPM
Maral - "Ey Nazanin" - (3:30) 121 BPM
C.A.R. - "Frau" - (5:19) 124 BPM Hot
Penelope Trappes - "Pause" - (3:54) 156 BPM
Marika Underspreche - "Bitter Ends" - (3:12) 116 BPM
Slime - "P.M." - (6:09) 119 BPM
Odete - "Folklore Collage" - (3:52) 120 BPM
Cucina Povera - "Kalmankalpea" - (6:14) 116 BPM
Zoe McPherson - "Thumb Governance" - (5:31) 120 BPM
Review: If only all electronic music had such a sense of purpose. Weaponise is a compilation of contemporary tracks, conceived and curated by Kristina McCormick the host of the NTS radio show Diet Clinic. Like that broadcast outlet, this collection puts a focus on women producers, and it's a stellar affair. There's the slow-motion industrial of artists like Hanna Jones and Fantastic Twins; Maral's "Ey Nezanin" is a wild mix of a club techno and Middle Eastern motifs and C.a.r's "Frau" is an arty, vocal-led take on dance floor electro. Weaponise also features ethereal ambience from Penelope Trappes and Slime's reduced broken beats - if that isn't enough of an incentive, all sales proceeds go to London housing charity Focus E15.
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OMWEAPON 1D
08 Mar 19
Techno
The Sampler As Time Machine
Human Being - (3:42) 128 BPM
Overwrite The Past - (3:41) 76 BPM
It's All Connected - (2:34) 75 BPM Hot
Time Can Break In - (4:05) 134 BPM
We Are The Beat - (4:42) 73 BPM
Marconi's Eternal Tone Cloud - (3:09) 65 BPM
Made Of Glass - (1:44) 122 BPM
Which Memories Will Make It? - (7:09) 67 BPM
Review: Australian-born DJ, producer and instrument maker Lia Mice began work on her sophomore set, "The Sampler As A Time Machine", following her relocation to London in 2015. Three years, numerous techno and electro club nights and countless hours spent reading books on time travel later, the album is finally complete. It's a rather fine set, all told, with Mice delivering off-kilter futurist tracks that sit somewhere between leftfield sci-fi synth-pop, metallic IDM, wonky synth-funk, bustling up-beat electro, weirdo ambient, contemporary new wave and meandering intergalactic techno. That Optimo Music has decided to release it isn't much of a surprise: it's full of the kind of inspired, stylish electronic oddities that have always appealed to boss man JD Twitch.
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OMLP 15D
09 Nov 18
Balearic/Downtempo
Celine's Dilemma EP
Celine's Dilemma - (5:11) 124 BPM
Celine's Dilemma (RSD dub) - (5:07) 62 BPM Hot
Time For Nothing - (3:51) 112 BPM
Behind The Wall - (4:09) 114 BPM
Nervous Splendor - (4:34) 60 BPM
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OM 42 D
26 Oct 18
Indie/Alternative
Different Voices For You. Different Colours For Me. Demos 1980
Big Day - (3:32) 65 BPM
Double Heart - (3:20) 140 BPM Hot
Before Closing Doors - (2:54) 144 BPM
Radio Silence - (3:07) 126 BPM
Moving My Blue - (5:04) 60 BPM
Open Air - (5:07) 105 BPM
On Location - (4:03) 146 BPM
Review: There are reissues and then there are reissues like Different Voices. The tracks on this EP were recorded by Robert Rental back in 1980 and lay for years unplayed and untouched in the possession of Rental's family. This material is given loving treatment by Optimo and shows a strikingly personal side to the deceased artist who mainly collaborated with Daniel Miller and Thomas Leer. In places, like on "Big Day", Rental veers close to off-kilter psychedelic pop, while on other occasions, he experiments with electronics and reverb to deliver the syncopated, hypno-groove of "Double Heart" and drops the slurred vocals and lo-fi guitars of "Before Closing Doors". It's an essential release for anyone with an interest in 80s DIY electronic music.
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OM RENTAL 01 D
28 Sep 18
Coldwave/Synth
The Sun Is High
The Sun Is High - (9:30) 57 BPM Hot
Holland Fly By - (6:49) 65 BPM
Without Sound - (5:13) 131 BPM
Review: Newcomer Feon up next on Optimo Music, with some some gorgeous and sunkissed balearica. The London based producer wrote these tracks in a brisk 10 day session, shortly after the experience of Ayahuasca ceremony - which is evidenced in the psychedelic sound of the first track. He has explained that the production involved his vocals being layered 30 times in different harmonies, then put through a space echo and you can sure hear it! This one was awesome. Then we have the trance inducing muscle disco of "Holland Fly By" with its super cosmic influences enough to propel your mind into the stratosphere. Finally there's something much more experimental on the solemn, breaks-driven tripper "Without Sound".
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OMD 11D
28 May 18
Balearic/Downtempo
Go Down Judas
The Hedonist Disappeared Into Normality - (5:24) 77 BPM
The Sorrows Of Young Walter - (7:10) 106 BPM Hot
Sidiki's Jam - (5:53) 110 BPM
All Good Junkies - (7:05) 59 BPM
Navigate The Sea Of Shit (feat Mung) - (7:25) 123 BPM
Candy Darling - (6:27) 120 BPM
Let The Power Go - (7:33) 60 BPM
Snake Song - (5:44) 90 BPM
Moving Glaciers - (7:28) 60 BPM
Review: Sex Judas, who carries the infamous name of Tore "Jazztobakk" Gjedrem, is perfectly suited to the Optimo Music aesthetic. Both visually and acoustically, the producer's vast pool of sonics mean that he is never sticking to one formula or sound, and that is surely bang on the way Optimo like to approach music. Go Down Judas is his debut LP, and while we've dubbed it as 'balearic', this is very much a complete work that spans many different genres and thoughts. There are sparse, beatless moments as well as more fast-paced, bass-driven dance numbers, but the man's vision remains constant throughout. In fact, we'd say it is the perfect balance of noise and symphony, all wrapped up in a post-modern club vibe that will undoubtedly strike more than a few chords...
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OM LP14D
18 May 18
Balearic/Downtempo
Magick!
Magick! - (6:47) 81 BPM
I Killed My Boy - (5:10) 53 BPM Hot
Soft Hell - (4:29) 58 BPM
The Red Eyed Raven - (4:49) 95 BPM
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OM 41D
04 May 18
Indie/Alternative
The Hare, The Moon, The Drone
The Car - (4:48) 83 BPM Hot
The Human - (4:17) 156 BPM
The Hare - (4:06) 144 BPM
The Moon - (2:33) 101 BPM
The Drone (Part 1) - (4:26) 156 BPM
The Drone (Part 2) - (2:46) 96 BPM
Mr. Marouf - (3:36) 93 BPM
A Scene From An Empty Living Room - (2:20) 136 BPM
Outside The Needle Exchange - (3:38) 75 BPM
Michael - (4:52) 92 BPM
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OMLP 13D
27 Apr 18
Indie/Alternative
Polyrhythmics
Polyrhythmic - (6:21) 126 BPM Hot
Polyrhythmica - (6:06) 126 BPM
Polyrhthmical - (5:35) 126 BPM
Review: Irish tech house hero Phil Kieran has been throwing some curveballs at us in recent times, appearing with sunny house music on Hot Creations, some punky indie dance on L.A.'s Machine Ltd (with SONNS) and now some Afro tribal grooves that'd make even Daniele Baldelli stand up and notice - his new one for Optimo Music. With a name like "Polyrhythmic" it pretty much does what it says on the tin, but this trance inducing use of syncopated rhythm is definitely the most restrained of the bunch. "Polyrhthmical" and "Polyrhythmica" respectively go for some seriously intense latin carnivale rhythms - in particular the latter which is reminiscent of the Good Men or more directly the legendary Sergio Mendes.
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OMD 10D
23 Mar 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
Ruminant Violence
Ted Milton - "Love Is Like A ViolAnce" - (5:35) 118 BPM Hot
Ted Milton - "It's Only Recently That Stalins Have Begun To Roost" - (7:09) 117 BPM
Blurt - "The Ruminant Plinth" - (6:34) 154 BPM
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OM 39D
19 Jan 18
Breakbeat
Dub Of Times
End Of Times (Golden dub) - (8:22) 103 BPM Hot
End Of Times (Silver dub) - (7:19) 59 BPM
End Of Times (drone-apella) - (4:45) 79 BPM
Review: NYC's The Golden Filter, a duo made up of Penelope Trappes and Stephen Hindman, are naturally infused into the genetic code of Glasgow's Optimo imprint. Not to be confused with Golden Teacher, the pair also delve into the depths of dance music, merging the boundaries of house, techno and outernational. Their recent EP, End Of Times, is what has produced this latest outing, also on Optimo. Dub Of Times, as you can imagine, is a three-version offshoot that developes and evolves the title tune into some pretty killer territories, with the Golden Dub deploying a warm, driving bassline that's rich with a hedonistic euphoria all too often forgotten these days, and the Silver Dub ups the tempo, while the accapella does its duty with some fine voices and wondrous drones. Absolute magic.
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OMTGF LTD 001 D
08 Dec 17
Balearic/Downtempo
End Of Times
End Of Times - (4:34) 103 BPM
Serenity - (4:19) 83 BPM
Heart Control - (9:07) 63 BPM
Darkness Falls - (3:58) 86 BPM
End Of Times (dub mix) - (8:22) 103 BPM Hot
Review: American-Aussie alliance The Golden Filter are back on Optimo Music again with more modular synth based post-punk inflected electronics. This follows up an impressive solo album by singer Penelope Trappes a few months ago. The London based duo (by way of New York City) claim that they are quite agnostic and unreligious, but there are some Buddhist vibes associated with their music - in the way that it is mindful and aware of impermanence. Beginning with the sultry slo-mo Italo of "End Of Times" while the deep and brooding electro jam "Serenity" is offset by a charming progressive house style chord progression. The 10 minutes epic "Heart Control" is a right thriller: this deep acid exercise in mood lighting is beatless for the most part but when the groove hits: it does it with great impact. Finally the slow burning retro sleaze of "Darkness Falls" has the same charm of Heartbeat era Chris & Cosey or their legendary CTI material.

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OM 40 D
10 Nov 17
Balearic/Downtempo
Obakodomo
Preambule - (2:45) 80 BPM
Cordee - (6:09) 117 BPM
Jeu De Glissades - (2:24) 60 BPM
Construire Un Igloo - (6:00) 120 BPM
Ivres De Fatigue - (2:08) 60 BPM Hot
Reveil Bizarre - (3:36) 120 BPM
Bataille - (6:08) 60 BPM
Tableau Final - (9:10) 120 BPM
Review: More post punk inspired electronics courtesy of the Optimo Music camp by Fantastic Twins: the project of Julienne Dessagne - who some of you may know as one half of genre-bending outfit Saschienne with husband: the Berlin stalwart Sascha Funke. Following up her impressive debut (The New You EP) on Superpitcher & Rebolledo's Hippie Dance imprint, Dessagne unleashes a full length effort here which spans classical, avant garde and baroque influences while merging with the Cologne style of indie dance sensibilities. She'll help you delve deep into the exotic such as on tracks like "Construire Un Igloo" or "Bataille", then to get weird on the hypnotic "Ivres De Fatigue", while the evocative and bittersweet closer "Tableu Final" is just lovely. All in all a cohesive effort that transcends musical boundaries to interesting effect.
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OM LP 12 D
20 Oct 17
Balearic/Downtempo
Penelope One
Puppets - (3:07) 126 BPM
Gravel Mouth - (3:11) 54 BPM Hot
Untitled 1 - (2:23) 74 BPM
Gone - (3:08) 73 BPM
The Hair Shirt - (3:58) 71 BPM
Untitled 4 - (1:40) 71 BPM
Heartbreak - (2:43) 121 BPM
Gold Universe - (2:52) 125 BPM
Untitled 3 - (2:16) 126 BPM
Low - (2:51) 66 BPM
9 Monkey - (2:40) 76 BPM
Review: Presenting the new solo album from Aussie singer Penelope Trappes, who many may know as the one half of New York City duo The Golden Filter. In 2016, Trappes rented out a small piano studio in East London for the year and set out to write an introspective ambient album. Inspired by the likes of This Mortal Coil and Scott Walker, she limited the instrumentation to an acoustic piano and effects, which left spaces between where she could expose a lot of emotional vulnerabilities about herself and those she held close. Writing lullabies about being a mother in a dystopian world, with pensive words about swimming against the tide as a female artist in the current musical landscape, she felt free to divulge untold truths that she had never felt comfortable talking about within her music before. For Trappes, this was a truly liberating and empowering process and it certainly is all on display on this marvellous opus.
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OMLP 11D
16 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
Tao Of I
Qian - (4:43) 69 BPM
Kun - (4:57) 116 BPM
Zhun - (4:52) 120 BPM
Meng - (5:33) 121 BPM
Xu - (4:25) 79 BPM
Song - (3:56) 120 BPM Hot
Shi - (5:12) 120 BPM
Bi - (5:15) 76 BPM
Played by: Lurid Music
Review: Glasgow based composer Iona Fortune presents her debut release inspired by Eastern philosophy and said to be the first in an eight album series exploring the symbols of the I Ching, Her music is influenced by oriental sounds and features a palette of instruments that includes the Guzheng, Gamelan and Synthi AKS. The overall effect is a singular and beguiling sound that loosely fits in with Jon Hassell's Fourth World concept. Fortune also contributed a track to Optimo Music's new Fourth World compilation entitled Miracle Steps earlier in 2017. The initial vinyl edition will come on a trans lucid pressing with inside sleeve and original artwork by the artist.
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OM LP 10 D
26 May 17
Balearic/Downtempo
Plant Up
Torment Of One - (4:52) 100 BPM Hot
Mardi, Ennui - (2:51) 57 BPM
Wisdom Teeth Dub - (6:12) 67 BPM
Distant Dreams - (3:41) 90 BPM
Review: We've been waiting on this pearl for quite some time. Optimo frontman JD Twitch steps out his more usual, disco-tinged house affairs and lands on some next level dub for the heads. As a project, Lo Kindre kind of reminds us Jah Wobble at his best, without the added pinky frills, and completed by a fine layer of dark industrialism. "Torment Of One" and "Mardi, Ennui" are both cold, brooding digital steppers backed by some sci-fi lion vibes, while "Wisdom Teeth Dub" and "Distant Dreams" branch out a little further into the electronic sphere. What a fine release - warmly recommended!
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OM 37D
28 Apr 17
Experimental/Electronic
Miracle Steps (Music From The Fourth World 1983 - 2017)
Various
Jorge Reyes - "Plight" - (9:11) 82 BPM
Robert Aiki - "Mille Voix" - (4:22) 140 BPM Hot
Iona Fortune - "White Tigress" - (3:48) 110 BPM
O Yuki Conjugate - "Cloud Cover" - (5:48) 146 BPM
X.Y.R. - "Middle Of Nowhere" - (6:08) 158 BPM
Jon Keliehor - "Subcontinent" - (6:36) 94 BPM
David Cunningham - "Blue River" - (3:57) 123 BPM
Larry Chernicoff - "Woodstock" - (5:38) 117 BPM
Sussan Deyhim - "Desert Equations" - (6:43) 120 BPM
Jon Hassell - "Miracle Steps" - (4:21) 150 BPM
Vulgata - "Ethel I" - (2:13) 157 BPM
Afro Disiak - "Tambours D'eau" - (4:49) 129 BPM
Rapoon - "The Same River Once" - (10:31) 81 BPM
Javier Segura - "El Sue~No Perdido" - (4:05) 151 BPM
Review: Since Optimo Music founder JD Twitch is a walking encyclopedia of weird and wonderful music from around the globe, it's unsurprising that the label's occasional compilations are little less than essential. Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World - named in honour of John Hassell's description of ambient music - is another must-have from the Glaswegian stable. Featuring music made over the last three decades, it draws together trippy new age, droning experimentalism, electro-acoustic soundscapes, meandering synthesizer workouts, tropical-tinged bliss, and even the odd bit of spiritual jazz (Larry Chernicoff's wild "Woodstock"). In other words, it's the kind of ambient compilation you'd expect from someone who takes a widescreen approach to music, and who laughs in the face of genre pigeonholing.
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OMLP 09D
14 Apr 17
Ambient/Drone
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