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Naum Gabo - Theme From Great Cities

Optimo Music on January 21, 2011 13:14

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    When most people think of Optimo Music, they think of the long-running club night in Glasgow "Optimo (Espacio)", which ran for 12 years every Sunday, headed by JD Twitch and JG Wilkes. Label honcho JD Twitch is extremely proud to be releasing Naum Gabo, as this is the studio project of his Optimo partner, Jonnie Wilkes, along with James Savage.

    Jonnie and James (formally releasing three 12 inches simply as "Naum" on Kompakt's mighty Speicher series) have been active on the scene for a while now. As well as releasing the original music on Kompakt, Mule, Eskimo, Dissident, and TINAE they have provided some wonderful Naum Gabo reworks for Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, Psychonauts and so many more.

    Twitch has long been a fan of Naum Gabo so it is a bit of a coup to be getting this fantastic release: Two covers of two mighty Scottish acts from the late 70s/early 80s – Simple Minds and Fingerprintz.

    "Theme for Great Cities" was originally released in 1981, an electro-trance-funk classic, pre-dating the rave scene by about 10 years. Naum Gabo takes it, electrifies it, and turns it into a hi-fi dancefloor filler.

    "Wet Job" is Fingerprintz' dirty groover from '79 - again, it's reworked into a dark disco futuristic grooveride into doom. It even makes my teeth hurt, which means the frequencies are causing effect. And I know that’s definitely what I want happening in a nightclub.

    So not 1, not 2, but 3 Scottish music greats on one slinky slice of vinyl. There's a lot of local pride in this one, folks!

    Released by: Optimo Music
    Release/catalogue number: om012
    Release date: Feb 14, 2011

    17 Comments

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    • Gigi Pompidou
    • Charlie McDonald
      Charlie McDonald at 0.51 on January 14, 2013 14:50

      I forgot how much I love this track!!!

    • Mark Smedley
      Mark Smedley at 2.34 on July 28, 2012 11:10

      ooh skin tingler bbbrrrrrr, :) nice

    • ziggy startardust
    • mc303
      mc303 on April 13, 2011 00:05

      Man I learn something new every day :) classic x

    • Haggarty
      Haggarty at 0.25 on February 12, 2011 15:41

      Wonderful, one of my favourite moments when the original was dropped on the Psyche out mix. Sorted a copy of the vinyl from RAD. Thanks

    • Bizzy&Clanger
    • DJJooles
      DJJooles on January 25, 2011 16:32

      Yes, very nicely retains the charm of the original but brings it bang up to date - and with not too much of a bang. Thank Lordy there's no "this is the real life" vocal samples...!

    • riotousrockers
    • Eduardo Turbo
      Eduardo Turbo on January 22, 2011 10:59

      Pow! What an absolute beast!

    • Pixiwoo
    • Joel Ra
    • Dark Esquire
      Dark Esquire at 5.42 on January 21, 2011 22:14

      just as good as and very complimentary to the original. excellent work!

    • ZNTN&HowTheOtherHalfLives
    • Paul R Thomson
      Paul R Thomson at 1.50 on January 21, 2011 18:08

      I'm thinking Jim Kerr wielding a claymore. Epic.

    • PeopleGetReal/JoinOurClub
      PeopleGetReal/JoinOurClub on January 21, 2011 16:18

      this is brilliant.....great up date.

    • Jokers of the Scene

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