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Optimo (Espacio)
The Vinyl Factory
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Release Date
February 19, 2016


Optimo's JD Twitch continues a recent blazing trail of killer comps that includes the cult classics Cease & Desist DIY! LP to his edu-On-U-cation mixtape Are People People? with a tasty double pressing of cult classic, no wave wonders and underground crowd teasers from the Glasgow dancefloor of his sometime social So Low nite klub. A double LP loaded with tracks that have a cold yet funky feel, the focus drifts and goes headfirst into the industrial sounds of long time fave's and some new names unknown. Blinding sides from recent FK treasure Spider King's associated Gerry and The Holograms and pioneering minimal synth artist John Bender whose Victims of a Victimless Crime sounds like a proto-Sandra Electronics throwback to the raw and energising bad times anthem Discipline (Berlin) from Throbbing Gristle. Elsewhere Eric Random's Joy Division goes dub, track Fade In (Original Mix) and the remarkable Dreams of Pleasure (Original Mix) from Siglo XX that wears its influences on its sleeve while demonstrating some killer drums straight from the Martin Hannett school of drumming deconstruction. The tracks on display go a long way to demonstrating the vast ranges of sound and practice within post-punk and cold-wave, and in times of political hardship that mirror the period in which these tracks were first played out across the floor its fitting to see that this music is just as vital to the adventurous DJs now as it was when JD Twitch first spun the original discs back in those cold nights of 1987.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Victims of a Victimless Crime (Original Mix) John Bender 4:14 Buy

    Victims of a Victimless Crime (Original Mix)

  2. 2 Tribal Warning Shot (Original Mix) Hunting Lodge 5:36 Buy

    Tribal Warning Shot (Original Mix)

  3. 3 Discipline (Berlin) (Original Mix) Throbbing Gristle 10:48 Buy

    Discipline (Berlin) (Original Mix)

  4. 4 Kampfbereit (Original Mix) Front 242 3:24 Buy

    Kampfbereit (Original Mix)

  5. 5 49 Second Romance? (Original Mix) P1/E 2:35 Buy

    49 Second Romance? (Original Mix)

  6. 6 Power (Original Mix) Colin Potter 3:23 Buy

    Power (Original Mix)

  7. 7 Fade In (Original Mix) Eric Random 6:03 Buy

    Fade In (Original Mix)

  8. 8 Fabrik (Original Mix) Conrad Schnitzler & Wolfgang Seidel Meissner 5:17 Buy

    Fabrik (Original Mix)

  9. 9 Gerry & The Holograms (Original Mix) Gerry & The Holograms 4:07 Buy

    Gerry & The Holograms (Original Mix)

  10. 10 Passion (Original Mix) Chris & Cosey 4:26 Buy

    Passion (Original Mix)

  11. 11 Porte Bonheur (Remix) Hard Corps 5:36 Buy

    Porte Bonheur (Remix)

  12. 12 Das Feuer (Original Mix) Holger Hiller 3:42 Buy

    Das Feuer (Original Mix)

  13. 13 Dreams of Pleasure (Original Mix) Siglo XX 6:06 Buy

    Dreams of Pleasure (Original Mix)

  14. 14 Toundra (Original Mix) Clair Obscur 3:13 Buy

    Toundra (Original Mix)

  15. 15 No Tears (Original Mix) Tuxedomoon 5:39 Buy

    No Tears (Original Mix)

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