Archive for July, 2009


July 29, 2009

One third of Chicago house trio Greenskeepers, James Curd, just released his first 12″ on New York super label DFA. It´s a timeless hip-house jam with perfectly naivistic vocals.

James Curd – We Just Won´t Stop



July 27, 2009

The Optimo website is getting a make over, and the guys have started a new podcast series to celebrate. The first mix is aptly named Synth Summer Mix.


“Shortly the Optimo website is going to have a total revamp and finally enter the 21st century. There will be lots of new features and content and one of the things we are going to introduce is a series of podcasts to take us into the second decade of the third millennium.

These will range from mixes recorded at the club to radio type shows, spoken word, mixes of music that tickles our fancy, or anything else we come up with that we’d like to share.

The first one will be available as a podcast in a few weeks but we have decided to make it available as a Yousendit download in the meantime.

The podcast is called “Synth Summer” and is a selection of (guess what?) synth based music from around the planet. It covers a broad range of styles and a broad time span – from 1980 to some tracks that haven’t been released yet, and that may indeed never see the light of day. It is a dj mix but not a club mix. The flow is the way it is so as to be a listening experience rather than for the dancefloor, even though all the tracks are “dance” tracks. Wherever possible, as much of each track as possible has been included.

There is no tracklist as we think in this day and age with the abundance of mixes available on the internet that people often judge something based on the tracklisting rather than actually listening to it. If anyone really wants to know what a particular track is, we will be happy to tell them.

The mix was recorded using two turntables and a laptop. Wherever possible the original vinyl was used but some of the tracks don’t exist on vinyl. Track one (which we would like to thank Mr. James Holden for providing us with after searching for it for many years) only exists on a cassette from the early 80s so please excuse the fidelity, although it actually sounds pretty fab considering. A tiny bit of post mix editing was done as one of the tracks skipped during the recording and the levels were a little askew in a couple of places. The mix contains 17 tracks, lasts just over an hour and the download is a 192kbps mp3 and is 84.5mb.


JD Twitch – Optimo Podcast 1 – Synth Summer Mix


July 27, 2009

A great overlooked 80s pop track. It´s epic, hits hard and takes no prisoners. Courtesy of Richard Strange.

Richard Strange And The Engine Room – Damascus

And an edit of the same tune, courtesy of Leo Zero,

Leo Zero – Strange Re-Arrange


July 26, 2009

Al Gibbs aka Nebraska is not from Nebraska, but rather London, England. Why he chose the name is inconsequential, what is consequential though is that he makes great tunes. One of which is featured on his latest EP on Rush Hour and called The Other Side. All the tracks on this release are worth owning, but I choose to present this one here because it reminds me of an old favorite from way back in 2003, namely Face In A Cloud by Audio Bullys. Great sample based house funk, I think the Audio Bullys track samples Joe Cocker (I´m not sure though). I have no Idea what Nebraska sampled, but if anyone knows they should share the knowledge.

Nebraska – The Other Side

Audio Bullys – Face In A Cloud

And a mix from Nebraska, full of beautiful funk perfect for a sunday afternoon.

Nebraska – Mix


July 23, 2009

Another installment in the Oh Heavenly Dog Mix Series, mixed by yours truly. Chock full of disco, deep house and all around funky shit.

I´m still hoping to get some other dj´s to do installments, and the the next one will probably be courtesy of The Dog favorite Max Essa. So something to look forward to, and in the meantime…

Chevy Chaser – Oh Heavenly Dog Radio Pt. 3


Linkwood Family – Piece Of Min

6th Borough Project – Do It To The Max

Jayson Brothers – All My Life

Mark E – R&B Drunkie

Bicep – Jan´s Payback

Frankie Valentine – Zumba (Isoul8 Remix)

Motor City Drum Ensamble – Raw Cuts 3

Worst Case Scenario – Hot Beef

Noel Nanton – Your Love (Ian Pooley´s Summertime Mix)

Javier Varez – Onions Thief

Tensnake – In The End (I Want You To Cry)

Ed Davenport – Eyespeak (Mototcitysoul Remix)

Radiohead – Nude (Justin Martin Remix)

Dj Sprinkles – Grand Central, Part I (Deep Into The Bowel Of House) (MCDE Bassline Dub)

The Revenge & Craig Smith – Hit ´Em

Psoul – Time Is Coming feat. Peter Panic (Yoruba & Chuck Roberts Remix)

Dop – VSOP

Silicone Soul – Right On! Right On!

Wasted Chicago Youth (aka Justin Long & Mazi) – Mars Or Bust

Jay Haze – I Can´t Forget (Fuckponey Discotech Mix)

Sam Karlson, Steve O Steen – Robsoul Boy

Kerri Candler – Track 1 Revisited (Reel 2 Reel Mix)

Djebali – Son Of Sun

Minilogue – Doiicie A

Son Dexter – Painting

Peter O´Toole – Life As It Is


July 19, 2009

Listening to the Keys To The Villa mix Max Essa did for the plaid music blog I spotted a wonderful piano laced gem. After not being able to find out what it was I sent Max Essa a message asking him to end my heartache. He said it was this track by Dutch Jazz pianist Jasper Van´t Hof.

Born in 1985, it´s a slow burner that builds and builds for 15 minutes and hits you with string stabs and wonderful african chants.

Thank you Max!

Jasper Van´t Hof – Hoomba-Hoomba


July 17, 2009

Very exciting news from the K7! office:

The wait is over…!K7 is very proud to present the next installment in the DJ-KiCKS series.

Chromeo, Chromeo wherefore art thou Chromeo?… Well honestly, it seems that Montreal’s multi-ethnic loverboys Dave One and Pee Thugg have been everywhere. They’ve already released two acclaimed albums: 2004’s She’s In Control and 2007’s Fancy Footwork. They’ve hit the dance floors and attacked the charts with classics such as “Needy Girl”, “Bonafied Lovin”, “You’re So Gangsta” and “Momma’s Boy”. They’ve provided exclusive remixes for the likes of Cut Copy, Feist and Vampire Weekend. But now, after spending the last couple of years jet setting and globe-trotting, there’s only one place you can find them: on the new upcoming DJ-KiCKS.

I can´t wait! It promises to be in the vain of the awesome 2005 tape Un Joli Mix Pour Toi with 80s disco, R&B and boogie.

The duos exclusive track for the mix is a cover of The Eagles I Can´t Tell You Why. Good stuff.

Chromeo – I Can´t Tell You Why (DJ-Kicks)


July 17, 2009

Duck Sauce is a project put together by dance music heavy weights Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. I grew up listening to Armand, so when I heard their project was gonna be a return to the late 90s early 00s filter house/disco/french touch days I was very excited.

Like the house music of that period the tracks are sample based, if they didn´t have the quality of the filterhouse scene they would probably bee seen as edits. But they feel like more than that. My favorite of the two tracks is the disco delight of aNYway, the other track You´re Nasty is a more noisy 4tothefloor type deal.

Duck Sauce – aNYway


July 17, 2009

A great mix from Max Essa that´s sure to brighten your day.

Max Essa – LTK

No tracks, sorry.

Buy his album


July 14, 2009

Australian disco duo Fromage have always delivered solid edits. They hit me up to share some of their new work with us. A brand new remix of fellow Ozzy producer Guise, as well as some other edits and a brand new mix.

Vitreous – Guise

Vitreous – Guise (Fromage Remix)

Bananarama – Venus (Fromagedisco Edit for Girl)

Fromagedisco – SWEAT Mix


1. Woolfy vs Projections – Neeve (The Time & Space Machine Mix)
2. MC Miker G & DJ Sven – Holiday Rap (Fromage Edit)
3. Horse Meat Disco – Silly Bones
4. Bottin – Magnetic Cat
5. Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield – Swungfunk
6. Walter Jones – I’ll keep on Loving You
7. Bottin – Sciarando El Scuro
8. Maelstrom – Enter The Cosmos (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung mix)
9. Son of Sound – No Retribution
10. Holy Ghost – I will Come Back
11. Massara – Margeritha (Todd Terje vs Fromage refix)
12. Social Disco club – The Way You Move (Greg Wilson Version)
13. Floating Points – Love Me Like This (Floating Points remix)