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Magnetic EP
OM 17
10 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Magnetic - (8:49) 130 BPM
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Magnetic (Barnt remix) - (9:50) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Commercial Suicide - (5:52) 117 BPM
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Manifesto For Mutants (We Are Everywhere) (Pt 2) - (7:09) 100 BPM
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Big Ned
OM 03
20 Apr 09
Rock
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Bad Angel - (4:49) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love, Honour & Obey - (3:23) 116 BPM
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Scarmonica - (0:37) 106 BPM
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Paint It Black - (3:32) 109 BPM
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Ambition - (3:55) 134 BPM
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Final Steps - (4:16) 116 BPM
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Spoiled Rotton - (3:10) 121 BPM
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The Big Sky - (0:57) 97 BPM
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Son Of Dirt - (4:39) 107 BPM
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So Humid - (4:27) 157 BPM
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Boot & Tax
OM 04LP
25 May 15
Deep House
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Good Fela - (3:56) 77 BPM
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Sound Of Baloo - (5:09) 111 BPM
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Red Guitar - (7:05) 116 BPM
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Sublime - (6:23) 110 BPM
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Dancin - (6:34) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sazarde Gente - (6:58) 99 BPM
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Apnea - (6:48) 119 BPM
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Father & Son - (7:36) 120 BPM
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Soultains Of Mountain - (7:31) 123 BPM
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Review: Boot & Tax have been members of the Optimo Music family since 2013, releasing a pair of well-regarded 12" singles on the offshoot Optimo Trax imprint. While those were formidably dancefloor focused, this eponymous debut set offers them a chance to flex their artistic muscles in a range of styles. For the most part, it's a surprisingly humid set, with the Italian duo variously doffing their cap to indie-dance, post-punk, dub and new beat, with occasional bluegrass and psychedelic flourishes. It's a formula that guarantees mixed results, at least aesthetically. For all the genre shifts, the quality threshold rarely drops from "excellent" throughout.
The Spaces Between
OMCC 01
20 Sep 10
Rock
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Beat - (4:23) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Outreach - (5:21) 148 BPM
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Clouds - (4:09) 91 BPM
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Electrodub - (5:15) 140 BPM
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Interloop - (4:36) 89 BPM
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Solidit - (7:45) 126 BPM
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Climbing - (5:52) 143 BPM
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Moonlight
OM 14
07 Nov 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Moonlight (original mix) - (5:41) 127 BPM
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Moonlight (Neurotic Drum Band version) - (8:28) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Moonlight (Oneohtrix Point Never version) - (5:38) 70 BPM
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Review: Given that JD Twitch has long been a fan of this near-legendary chunk of sparse electronica from Throbbing Gristle man Chris Carter, it's no surprise to see the track getting a deserved re-release on his label. The brilliant 1984 original - all industrial electro pulse and icy Balearic melodies - still sounds remarkably fresh, and is here joined by two wildly different remixes. New York combo Neurotic Drum Band stick closely to Carter's 1984 formula, emphasising the moodier elements of the original on a decidedly cosmic dancefloor version. Oneohtrix Point Never goes in the opposite direction, turning in a discordant ambient version full of intense white noise and droning vintage synths.
Heaven
OMD 08D
23 Sep 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Heaven - (5:21) 120 BPM
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Heaven (edit) - (6:49) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Garland Jeffreys - "Escape Goat Dub" - (5:10) 74 BPM
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Smouche - (2:59) 91 BPM
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Review: Here JD Twitch, head honcho Glasgow institution Optimo, proudly presents a rarity from the unique artist Dennis Bovell. Described as being a 'musical polymath, top flight producer, dub legend and one of the finest artists the UK has ever produced', Bovell released an album in 1981 called Brain Damage which was an absolutely bonkers fusion of Afrobeat, funk, dub, jazz, blues and more. Everybody bought Duran Duran's record instead of course, but justice prevails here as both "Heaven" and "Smouche" are rescued and re-released from the LP. Also featured is the awesome Garland Jeffreys experiment "Escape Goat Dub". Absolutely essential.
Bali Haai
OMD 06D
03 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Bali Ha'i (radio mix) - (3:18) 116 BPM
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Bali Ha'i (Us Disco mix) - (5:14) 116 BPM
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Bali Ha'i (Uk Disco mix) - (5:58) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aaaah - (4:00) 112 BPM
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Review: Disconnection's 1982 debut single, Bali Ha'i, has always been one of post-punk disco's most bizarre and brilliant moments. For starters, it's a cover of a Rodgers & Hammerstein number originally featured in South Pacific, re-cast as an acid-fried blur of rubbery punk-funk bass, liquid synthesizers, razor-sharp violin lines and tongue-in-cheek female versions. This tidy Optimo Music includes all of the tracks from the original, sought-after 12", including the contrasting 'US' and 'UK' disco mixes (for the record, it's the slightly more electronic and dub-wise UK version that you should head for). Bonus cut "Aaaah", a thoroughly bonkers and out-there fusion of freestyle female vocals, odd orchestration and strange noises, is worth a listen for its' sheer insanity.
Beachcombing/C Side
880319 623318
13 May 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Beachcombing (with Gabriel Gurnsey & Nik Colk Void) - (14:37) Biggest-selling track on this release
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C Side (with Dominic Butler) - (7:48)
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Review: The ultra-magnetic, ultra-talented trio, Factory Floor, team up with Peter Gordon for their second release on the sublime Optimo Music. Gordon is one of those guys who can play just about anything and "Beachcombing" is one of those sultry synth rides that'll leave your brain melted on the side of the subwoofer - aided herein by the additional contributions of Gabriel Gurnsey and Nik Kolk Void - now that's a package! The ride is majestic as it is dark and mysterious, with waves of polyphony wrapped all over its ominous and crumbling arrangement - a marvel! "C Side" features Dominic Butler and takes a slightly lighter approach to things, combining a crooked half-step slant to more cheery pastures - a field of sax melodies and cascading synth bleeps! CHECK!
Obakodomo
OM LP 12 D
20 Oct 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Preambule - (2:45) 80 BPM
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Cordee - (6:09) 117 BPM
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Jeu De Glissades - (2:24) 60 BPM
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Construire Un Igloo - (6:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ivres De Fatigue - (2:08) 60 BPM
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Reveil Bizarre - (3:36) 120 BPM
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Bataille - (6:08) 60 BPM
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Tableau Final - (9:10) 120 BPM
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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.
You've Got A Twin In The Attic: You Lunatic
OM 22
17 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic) - (8:12) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Water Coaster - (7:36) 122 BPM
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Love Monarchy - (7:39) 122 BPM
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Like Cannibal Father Like Cannibal Son
OM 03LP
21 Jul 14
Deep House
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Fungus - (3:36) 137 BPM
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Tina Weymouth - (6:52) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Barry - (3:27) 136 BPM
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The Boat Can Leave Now Tell The Crew - (4:55) 117 BPM
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Giallo Greco - (2:52) 120 BPM
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John Carpenter II - (6:33) 118 BPM
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Like Cannibal Father, Like Cannibal Son - (8:54) 120 BPM
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Glacck Auf
OM 34D
17 Jun 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Glacck Auf - (9:58) 80 BPM
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Geh Nie Zuracck - (6:10) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Im Modehaus - (3:13) 74 BPM
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Monotonikum - (9:43) 130 BPM
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Played by: DIONIGI
Hadron Collider
OM 028
11 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hadron Collider - (7:54) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Disco Flamingo - (7:04) 110 BPM
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Aa Viatel - (7:16) 115 BPM
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Songs From A Great City EP
OM 12
14 Feb 11
Progressive House
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Theme For Great Cities - (5:47) 120 BPM
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Wet Job - (6:55) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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PSII03
OM 029
25 Sep 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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StartOver - (5:30) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Breakdown - (4:43) 120 BPM
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Drowned - (6:53) 121 BPM
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Lappool - (3:29) 109 BPM
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Played by: Roman Flugel, ERIK RUG
Bells From The Deep End
OM 18
14 Jan 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rashomon - (5:34) 129 BPM
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Love Rocket - (4:27) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Double Bump - (3:44) 129 BPM
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Dante & Pilgrim - (7:02) 131 BPM
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Golden Chalice - (6:15) 118 BPM
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Played by: Kid Who
Party People
OM 23
14 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Love - (8:16) 129 BPM
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Party People - (7:10) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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After Party People - (5:23) 120 BPM
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Review: Ever since JD Twitch rebooted Optimo Music, it's been the irregular transmissions from Glasgow act Golden Teacher that has hit the spot each and every time. The amalgamation of two diverse bands from the city -noise punk outfit Ultimate Thrush and analogue house duo Silk Cut, Golden Teacher first emerged on Optimo Music early last year with a pretty apt description of sounding like "Arthur Russell's Dinosaur L jamming with Bobby O, K Alexi Shelby, Liaisons Dangereuses and Imagination, with some voodoo drummers and Sly & Robbie". Steadily building up a reputation for some riotous live performances, Golden Teacher are a class above because they manage to distill this energy into their recorded output too. Party People features three such examples, with A-side cut "Love" the kind of production that sufferers of LCD Soundsystem withdrawal will embrace and cherish for years to come.
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
OM 20
29 Jul 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Like A Hawk - (5:48) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dringhouses - (4:11) 95 BPM
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Sweat Bath With Saturn - (4:47) 96 BPM
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In Stoney Sleep - (4:23) 68 BPM
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Review: Golden Teacher's first 12" for Optimo Music, Bells From The Deep End, remains one of the most startling releases of 2013; a brilliantly executed fusion of analogue electronics, post-punk sassiness and industrial attitude. This follow-up, full of heavy live percussion, voodoo chants, tropical pagan attitude and dense atmospherics, is similarly impressive. "In Stoney Sleep" is something akin to a hallucinogenic trip through a dark, tropical jungle, while stand out "Like a Hawk" somehow blends dubwise electronics, Afro-influenced vocals, acid tweakery and landestine atmospherics. The skittish, high-tempo "Sweat Bath With Saturn" and deeper, spaced-out "Dringhouses" are also superb.
At The Green Door
OM 026
11 May 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Instigator (dub) - (6:48) 100 BPM
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Like A Hawk (DB version) - (8:26) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Not all remixes make sense, but there's something fitting about British dub-reggae and post-punk producer Dennis Bovell reworking tracks by Glaswegian misfits Golden Teacher. Put together by Bovell at Glasgow's infamous Green Door Studio on a day off from touring, these dub revisions take the hard-to-pigeonhole six-piece's adventurous productions and add an extra layer of spaced-out goodness. While Bovell has provided some overdubs - mostly dub organ stabs - for the most part he's just made everything extra-dubby, extra-freaky and altogether weightier. The results are, predictably, mesmerizing, turning "Like a Hawk" and the previously unreleased "Instigator" into dancefloor dub masterpieces.
Muzikal Yooth
OM 11
15 Nov 10
Rock
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Moody - (2:32) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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I Wanna Be Your Dog - (3:01) 123 BPM
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I Hate You - (3:31) 117 BPM
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Louie Louie - (2:49) 121 BPM
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The Way I Walk - (1:30) 106 BPM
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Dance - (4:46) 128 BPM
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Funtime - (2:57) 122 BPM
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Metaphysical Circus - (4:39) 92 BPM
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The Girl Of My Best Friend - (1:59) 155 BPM
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Release The Beast
OM 02
23 Feb 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Release The Beast - (3:57) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Metamorphosis - (6:34) 132 BPM
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Looking For Love - (5:37) 77 BPM
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Tao Of I
OM LP 10 D
26 May 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Qian - (4:43) 69 BPM
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Kun - (4:57) 116 BPM
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Zhun - (4:52) 120 BPM
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Meng - (5:33) 121 BPM
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Xu - (4:25) 79 BPM
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Song - (3:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Shi - (5:12) 120 BPM
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Bi - (5:15) 76 BPM
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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.
Junto Club
OM 027
15 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Leaving Forever - (8:29) 121 BPM
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SGC - (4:57) 79 BPM
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Freedom From The Known - (9:29) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let Me In - (4:50) 81 BPM
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Review: The revolving door between Glasgow's legendary Green Door Studio and JD Twitch's Optimo Music continues, with more graduates of the legendary recording space making their debut on the imprint. If this is EP is anything to go by, Junto Club could well go the way of Golden Teacher and become firm favourites of those who love their dance music eccentric, off-kilter and hard to pin down. Over the four tracks here, the Glaswegian fusionists variously doff a cap to baggy Balearic pop ("Freedom From The Known"), hard-wired, Italo-influenced industrial funk ("Leaving Forever"), the sax-laden post-punk throb of Chakk ("SCG"), and wonky gothic pop ("Let Me In"). That, though, is only half the story, given the combo's unique and enthralling musical vision.
Warm Me Up
OM 33D
29 Apr 16
Coldwave/Synth
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Nothing Above - (7:39) 120 BPM
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Mr Kind Electric Man - (6:28) 125 BPM
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Look Down - (7:21) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Isaac - (5:26) 81 BPM
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Throw Down
OMD 07D
26 Aug 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Throwdown - (5:01) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Throwdown (Latin Freestyle mix) - (5:23) 126 BPM
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Played by: Kiwi
Review: For the seventh volume in Optimo Music's Disco Plate series, JD Twitch has recruited Alex Warren AKA Kiwi, whose previous releases on Blase Boys Club were particularly well received. "Throw Down" is arguably his most ambition cut yet: a cover version of Carmen's cult 1986 electrofunk jam of the same name that comes in two contrasting versions. On the virtual A-side you'll find Warren's original version, where Ciara Holder's confident, nuanced vocal rides a chunky synth bassline, clipped guitars, sparkling synthesizer flourishes and an unfussy, toe-tapping drum machine rhythm. Arguably even better is the Latin Freestyle mix, which sounds like a long lost Latin Rascals production with additional, spine-tingling piano riffs.
Plant Up
OM 37D
28 Apr 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Torment Of One - (4:52) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mardi, Ennui - (2:51) 57 BPM
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Wisdom Teeth Dub - (6:12) 67 BPM
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Distant Dreams - (3:41) 90 BPM
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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!
Louise Mcvey & Cracks In The Concrete
OM 07
21 Dec 09
Rock
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Ode - (4:12) 131 BPM
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Love Lust Tales - (3:49) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Night - (4:29) 123 BPM
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Maud - (3:53) 148 BPM
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Surf And Destroy
OM 35D
08 Jul 16
Techno
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Surf And Destroy - (8:25) 118 BPM
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Teeth (feat Merlin Nova) - (6:51) 116 BPM
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Brothers Bed - (7:19) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mobiliser - (6:15) 93 BPM
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Soundtrack For Strangers
OM 030
27 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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TC Sound - (7:56) 117 BPM
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Soundtrack For Strangers - (8:32) 117 BPM
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This Is A Dance Hit - (7:51) 120 BPM
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Hebrew House - (5:55) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Optimo Music Disco Plate 5
OMD 05
11 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Kabuki - (7:52) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Super Mario - (7:58) 125 BPM
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Rainbow Road - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Noo
OMD 01
19 May 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The First Night - (10:12) 119 BPM
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No More - (9:11) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Why Don't You Take - (9:45) 116 BPM
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Played by: Roland the Realest
Optimo Music Disco Plate Three
OMD 03
06 Apr 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Must Be The Music - (10:35) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heaven's Gate - (9:51) 112 BPM
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The First Night Of Your Life
OMNOOLP 001
29 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The First Night - (10:12) 119 BPM
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Why Don't You Take - (9:45) 116 BPM
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No More - (9:11) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Heaven's Gate - (9:51) 112 BPM
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Kabuki - (7:52) 124 BPM
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Super Mario - (7:58) 125 BPM
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Must Be The Music - (10:35) 121 BPM
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Rainbow Road - (6:24) 123 BPM
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Get You - (6:51) 120 BPM
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Review: Over the last couple of years, Noo (a collaboration between Plastique De Reve man Christoph 'Daze' Deasen and Bangok Impact/Putsch '79 type Sami Liuski) has delivered a trio of killer 12" singles on Optimo Music's occasional Disco Plate series. This thrill-a-minute debut album gathers together tracks from those singles, plus a couple of previously unheard bits, and shows the duo - alongside a swathe of vocalists and musicians - cheerily joining the dots between string-laden New York disco, breakdance-era electro, boogie, Moroder-ish machine grooves, and hands-in-the-air piano house. It's a terrific set, all told, full of stretched-out floor-fillers, eyes-closed anthems, and life-affirming workouts.
Older Lover EP
OM 06
21 Sep 09
Rock
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Cracula - (4:34) 118 BPM
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Demon Seed - (3:43) 91 BPM
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Primitives - (4:14) 83 BPM
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The Protest Singer - (3:14) 148 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bone
OM 15
16 Jan 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Let's Talk To Bobby - (5:37) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bone - (4:42) 114 BPM
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Facefuck - (5:43) 120 BPM
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Someone's Dead - (5:13) 123 BPM
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Played by: Wanda Jackson
Review: Given that they describe their sound as "occult insomnia sex music", Glaswegian duo Organs Of Love are probably a good fit with JD Twitch's Optimo Music imprint. Coming on like a latter-day Bauhaus after a particularly degrading swingers' party in a seedy Glasgow squat, the music that makes up this four-track EP is undeniably impressive. Like much horror-fixated music, it's concerned foremost with atmosphere. Yet the delay-laden organs, clicking drums, droning guitars and pained vocals offer much more than mere aural textures. The mournful "Someone's Dead" and "Let's Talk To Bobby", in particular, are excellent songs.
Penelope One
OMLP 11D
16 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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Puppets - (3:07) 126 BPM
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Gravel Mouth - (3:11) 54 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Untitled 1 - (2:23) 74 BPM
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Gone - (3:08) 73 BPM
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The Hair Shirt - (3:58) 71 BPM
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Untitled 4 - (1:40) 71 BPM
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Heartbreak - (2:43) 121 BPM
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Gold Universe - (2:52) 125 BPM
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Untitled 3 - (2:16) 126 BPM
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Low - (2:51) 66 BPM
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9 Monkey - (2:40) 76 BPM
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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.
Dress Code
OMZUMMO 02D
09 Sep 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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The Tape Is Chill - (5:54) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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How Does It Feel? - (3:11) 119 BPM
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Well Let Me Say Something - (5:02) 74 BPM
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Do You Know What To Wear Do You Know? - (3:06) 72 BPM
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What Do You Want To Do? - (4:17) 115 BPM
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Life Is Real - (3:42) 68 BPM
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Break Up The Pill - (1:19) 115 BPM
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Well Let Me Tell You Something - (1:34) 72 BPM
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The Number 1
OM 36D
19 Aug 16
Balearic/Downtempo
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Skirt - (3:06) 66 BPM
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Echo Party - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Get From In Front Of Me - (4:53) 100 BPM
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When I Get It Right - (7:59) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rap Machine - (6:43) 58 BPM
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Review: Optimo Music founder JD Twitch has a hotline to Glasgow's Green Door Studio, and tends to get first refusal for much of the wild and wonderful material recorded there. His latest Green Door-raised recruits are Pussy Mother, a "cross continental" duo made up of a native Scot, and an Australian. There's plenty to get excited about on this no-nonsense debut EP, from the metallic, spaced-out percussion hits, trippy vocals and moody electronics of "Skirt", and Golden Teacher-go-Latin jazz flex of "Echo Party", to the loved-up, Quando Quango-sampling curio that is "When I Get It Right". Closer "Wrap Machine", a mutant electro-meets-new wave shuffler, is also pretty hot.
Optimo Music Disco Plate Two
OMD 02
17 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Chance (DJ D dub plate mix) - (10:46) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Difference (Reel Houze dub) - (11:26) 120 BPM
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Review: For the second instalment of the occasional Optimo Music Disco Plate series, JD Twitch has decided to reissue two classic cuts (both initially released in 1996) from Reel Houze - a hook-up between DJ D and Rob Mello. Opener "The Chance (DJ D Dub Plate Mix)" is something of an overlooked, hard-to-find classic - a wild, unwieldy, delay-laden dub-disco romp based around a cheeky sample from Dinosaur's "Go Bang" and "toilet seat percussion" from DJ Harvey. Flip for the similarly epic "No Difference (Real Houze Dub)", which has a looser and deeper feel. Despite the trippy vibe, it's every bit as potent as its predecessor, with military drum rolls, heady vocal samples and jaunty clavinets drifting in and out of the duo's delay-laden mix.
Optimo Music Disco Plate 4
OMD 04
01 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Det Skye Vesen Som K Jeder Seg I Bunnen Av Mennesket - (8:12) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Pope Naked The First - (7:16) 120 BPM
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Pope Naked The First (Rob & Ricky's Acid rerub) - (6:21) 120 BPM
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Played by: ROTCIV, Kiwi
Review: Having previously impressed with a trio of EPs on Tim Paris's Marketing Music label, Sex Judas (a duo comprising an "anonymous Norwegian producer and his trusted sidekick Ricky") pops up on Optimo Music. The duo's contribution to the ever-growing Disco Plate series is a deep disco delight, with the unpronounceable A-side delivering a delicious blend of loose, organic instrumentation, stoner-rock influences, cheeky pianos and eccentric, Mungolian Jet Set style vocals. The comparisons with Pal Nyhus and company are even greater on "Pope Naked The First", which picks up the pace via rubbery slap bass, spacey synths and classic electrofunk touches. That track gets a twisted disco-acid remix, too, a trick that the Mungs have played on more than one occasion.
Scaled To Fit
OM 25
30 Jun 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Patience (JD Twitch edit) - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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AMB 007 - (0:32) 117 BPM
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Associations - (3:35) 118 BPM
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AMB 001 - (1:15) 78 BPM
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Scaled To Fit - (6:19) 129 BPM
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AMB 008 - (0:40) 123 BPM
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[Less] Merchandise - (4:00) 136 BPM
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AMB 005 - (0:35) 130 BPM
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Played by: Joseph Terruel
Review: As debut EPs go, this one from London duo Shift Work is really rather impressive. Label Optimo Music describes it as "machine music for hypno dance floors and home listening tranceouts". It's rather apt. The EP features four fuly-fledged tracks - rip-snorting collisions of hard-edged synthesizer rhythms, acid-tinged beats and clanking drum machine grooves - and four short interludes, which cleverly showcase the duo's experimental credentials. Amongst the floor-friendly tracks you'll find an intense, Moroder-goes-industrial edit of "Patience" from label honcho JD Twitch, and "[Less] Merchandise", a woozy concoction that sounds like Factory Floor after a fistful of downers.
Sorrow Show EP
OM 10
18 Oct 10
Rock
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Sorrow Show - (5:58) 115 BPM
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Petik - (5:17) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sorrow Show (remix) - (7:53) 115 BPM
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Nocturnal (remix) - (6:47) 116 BPM
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End Of Times
OM 40 D
10 Nov 17
Balearic/Downtempo
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End Of Times - (4:34) 103 BPM
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Serenity - (4:19) 83 BPM
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Heart Control - (9:07) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Darkness Falls - (3:58) 86 BPM
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End Of Times (dub mix) - (8:22) 103 BPM
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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.

Still/Alone
OMLP 07D
24 Feb 17
Minimal/Tech House
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We Are The Music - (6:20) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vibrational - (5:38) 124 BPM
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Now We Get Lost - (5:24) 133 BPM
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Nine - (5:06) 124 BPM
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// - (1:57) 115 BPM
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Questions - (3:05) 140 BPM
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Dust - (4:09) 107 BPM
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There Is No Love Between Us - (4:01) 100 BPM
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Rivers - (4:18) 120 BPM
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Played by: John smthg
Review: Penelope Trappes and Stephen Hindman are The Golden Filter; a duo who formed in New York City but are now based in London. They have released some great music in recent years on their own Perfectly Isolated imprint and of course JD Twitch's Optimo Trax; their new full length Still/Alone being their third release for the esteemed imprint in two years. This follows up that great split EP with France's Morgan Hammer. There's a variety of moods and grooves on offer with this great album with such highlights as "Vibrational" (where they throw down some wobbly minimal EBM business), the slow burning minimal techno of "Now We Get Lost" or the sexy modern coldwave of "Questions" where Trappes sultry vocals could bear comparisons to Beth Gibbons. The irresistible synthpop ballad "Dust" is sure to be a hit on the dancefloor in 2017 too!?
Cease & Desist DIY (Cult Classics From The Post-Punk Era 1978-82)
OM DIY
30 Oct 15
Indie
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Tesco Bombers - "Break The Ice At Parties" - (1:56) 109 BPM
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Sara Goes Pop - "Sexy Terrorist" - (2:24) 73 BPM
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Nancy Sesay & The Melodaires - "C'est Fab" - (4:24) 112 BPM
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Thomas Leer - "Private Plane" - (4:02) 136 BPM
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Visitors - "Electric Heat" - (3:48) 157 BPM
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The Murphy Federation - "Fed Up Skank" - (4:56) 134 BPM
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The Distributors - "Never Never" - (3:17) 74 BPM
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The Cro-Tones - "Tea Machine Dub" - (3:34) 81 BPM
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Fatal Microbes - "Violence Grows" - (3:13) 92 BPM
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Spunky Onions - "How I Lost My Virginity" - (3:26) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Fakes - "Look-Out" - (3:21) 86 BPM
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The 012 - "Meltdown Situation" - (3:31) 107 BPM
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The Prats - "Disco Pope" - (2:43) 105 BPM
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Miracle Steps (Music From The Fourth World 1983 - 2017)
OMLP 09D
14 Apr 17
Ambient/Drone
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Jorge Reyes - "Plight" - (9:11) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Robert Aiki - "Mille Voix" - (4:22) 140 BPM
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Iona Fortune - "White Tigress" - (3:48) 110 BPM
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O Yuki Conjugate - "Cloud Cover" - (5:48) 146 BPM
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X.Y.R. - "Middle Of Nowhere" - (6:08) 158 BPM
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Jon Keliehor - "Subcontinent" - (6:36) 94 BPM
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David Cunningham - "Blue River" - (3:57) 123 BPM
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Larry Chernicoff - "Woodstock" - (5:38) 117 BPM
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Sussan Deyhim - "Desert Equations" - (6:43) 120 BPM
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Jon Hassell - "Miracle Steps" - (4:21) 150 BPM
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Vulgata - "Ethel I" - (2:13) 157 BPM
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Afro Disiak - "Tambours D'eau" - (4:49) 129 BPM
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Rapoon - "The Same River Once" - (10:31) 81 BPM
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Javier Segura - "El Sue~No Perdido" - (4:05) 151 BPM
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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.
Everything There Was Was There
OM 21
24 Feb 14
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Goya's Skull - (6:02) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Untitled From North Africa - (3:35) 89 BPM
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Umgebung - (5:00) 85 BPM
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Wee Moth - (1:37) 129 BPM
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Postcard From A Robot - (2:05) 82 BPM
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