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Lia Mice
The Sampler As A Time Machine

Glasgow’s Optimo bring you Aussie-born London artist Lia Mice, whose album The Sampler as a Time Machine has to do with the temporal effects of rearranging and manipulating recorded sound. Is Lia a time-traveller from the 1940s? Either way, Walter Benjamin would be delighted by this album of time-twisting leftfield pop, led by gnarled bass, repitched vocal textures and fluttering electro.
  • Vinyl LP (OMLP15)
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Stranded
Celine's Dilemma EP

Optimooooooooo. The Glaswegian label with their umpteenth wedge of cracking party music here. This latest drop comes courtesy of Nashville newcomer Stranded. Celine’s Dilemma is a record of buoyant bedroom disco which packs a serious dancefloor punch. Many of the tracks here hark back to those exciting days in the early 2000s when we thought DFA was going to save us all.
  • Vinyl 12" (OM 42)

Robert Rental
Different Voices For You, Different Colours For Me. Demos 1980

The late Robert Rental laid down this little album at his flat in Battersea throughout 1980. Bar two tunes being re-recorded for a Mute single late in the year, the bulk of the tracks that make up Different Voices For You, Different Voices For Me have been on a cassette, gathering dust. Now the good folk at Optimo have tidied up the recordings (not too much, mind - there's still tape hiss a-plenty here) for this release. It’s an intimate, esoteric, highly innovative album of home taping. Ariel Pink wishes he was this good.
  • Vinyl LP (OMRental01)
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Peter Zummo
Dress Code (Don't Look At My Car)

Arthur Russell collaborator and NYC trombone talent Peter Zummo’s new album is a halfway house between composition and improvisation, with Zummo’s group given plenty of room to explore. The finished results on Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) are hybrids assembled from multiple versions of each track, and the whole thing has a strong, strange, woozy feel. Yum. Out on Optimo.
  • Vinyl LP (OMZUMMO02)

Jacob Yates
The Hare. The Moon. The Drone

The third album from this underrated Glaswegian band grabs us by the hand and leads us through concrete new-build estates, shadowy lanes and vast misty moors. The dark earthy vocals (think: Glaswegian Nick Cave) at times let through a ray of folk soaked light. Is that a love song, making it’s way through the dank? Yes, but before you know it we’re back to a bleak tale of a karaoke addicted murderer. What a whirlwind.  
  • Vinyl LP (OMLP13)

Chris Carter
The Spaces Between

Grey vinyl re-press of the Optimo re-issue of this classic piece of electronic music history originally released on Throbbing Gristle's own imprint. The sad bit is that it only contains six out of the thirteen tracks. The good bit is that this is essential early electronica that was decades ahead of it's time so you'll want to own it on wax. 
  • Vinyl LP (OMCC01)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Feon
The Sun Is High

Seize the moment of the recent sunny weather and get lively with this new one from Feon, which is full of sun-worshipping psychedelic joy. Three cuts, starting with a echoed-up thirty-voice-layer melody and getting progressively stranger. Pick it up now before summer proper gets here… 12” on Optimo.
  • Vinyl 12" (OMD 11)
  • Label(s):
  • Optimo Music

WomenSaid
Magick!

Dense and groovy from Glasgow's Optimo Music. WomenSaid are another member of the city's thriving underground and scene and a very good one at that. Two basses and a whole bunch of electronic doom and gloom makes for a oddly gleeful gut punch of a record. They weren't lying when they called it Magick!
  • Vinyl 12" (OM 41)
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Iona Fortune
Tao Of I

Ioana Fortune here begins a planned series of eight albums exploring the individual symbols of the I Ching, with Tao Of I. Following on with the Eastern theme, Fortune focuses her attentions on Eastern instruments like the Guzheng and the Gamelan, then swathing them in various electronic approaches to make the sounds her own. LP release on Optimo Music.

The Golden Filter
Dub Of Times

The ever-discerning Optimo have pressed up this limited run of The Golden Filter dubs with the dancefloor in mind. While the original version of ‘End of Times’ was an Italo joy, it was too slow to do real damage in the dance. Here, the problem is solved by two re-rubs - the ‘Golden’ one at 103 bpm, the ‘Silver’ clocking in 118. ‘Silver’ is classic Optimo fare, while ‘Golden’ recalls the label’s excellent collaborative release between Golden Teacher and Dennis Bovell. There’s also a drone-and-a-capella version at the back end of the 12”.
  • Vinyl 12" (OMTGFLTD001)
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Phil Kieran
Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms. We all know what they sound like, right? Good: I was not welcoming the challenge of having to actually describe a technical musical facet. Here on Optimo is Phil Kieran, dragging with him an EP of drumming masterclass -- sourcing percussion from Thomas Tettey Annang, he brings the resources to his bedroom and creates dance music influenced by NY post-punk. 
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  • Optimo Music

Ted Milton / Blurt
Ruminant Violence

Optimo Music here give a proper dancefloor context to an underappreciated weirdo gem by Ted Milton from 1984: the cult joy of Love Like A Violence. This reissue places the track in a DJ-friendly 12” context, along with its original B-side (‘It’s Only Recently That Stalins Have Begun To Roost’) and an addictive cut by Milton’s band Blurt.
  • Vinyl 12" (OM39)
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  • Optimo Music

The Golden Filter
End Of Times

Electronic duo The Golden Filter recorded their new EP End Of Times in their own studio in East London. The title suggests it has a rather an apocalyptic theme, however it’s about being with to the ones you’re closest to at times of stress, and feeling that love spread to others. 12” on Optimo Music.
  • Vinyl 12" (OM 40)
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Coil
A Cold Cell In Bangkok

This particular version of A Cold Cell In Bangkok, remixed by Peter Christopherson himself, first surfaced on a JD Twitch-compiled compilation for Domino. It has never made it to vinyl in the past, but that oversight is being redressed here, with all profits to go to the Thai Children's Trust, in honour of the late Christopherson. Single-sided 12” with a silk-screened image on the B-side, released by Optimo 

Fantastic Twins
Obakodomo

The Twins (as they were previously known) have got a little self confidence and are now Fantastic Twins. Good for ‘em. Here’s their debut LP out on Optimo Music. Obakodomo is composed as a soundtrack to a contemporary dance performance done by dancers for an audience of toddlers. It’s a transportative soundtrack of playful, frightening and strange sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (OMLP12)

Dennis Bovell
Heaven

Previously responsible for that HUGE dub-out when bringing Golden Teacher and Bovell together, Optimo have brought Dennis Bovell back with a 12” of tracks he’s been sitting on for a while. On the A side a reggae-come-disco vocal tune that will get your summer boots moving, and then two AAs of blissed out deep dub.

Various
Miracle Steps (Music from the Fourth World 1983 - 2017)

Taking inspiration from composer Jon Hassell’s fourth world music aesthetic, leftfield electro and techno label Optima have collected an incredible array of tracks that fit into Hassell’s conceptual genre. Mixing minimalism with world music and an almost DIY way of approaching electronic manipulation, these tracks cover a huge spanse of time and styles that fall into the ambient, experimental, and new age music non-genre.
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  • Optimo Music

Penelope Trappes
Penelope One

Inspired by Scott Walker and This Mortal Coil, Penelope Trappes rented a small studio in London and set about making an album that reflected the boldness of those artists. Mainly using just piano, voice and effects, Trappes has produced the sort of emotionally vulnerable music she describes as free, empowered and naked. 
  • Vinyl LP (OMLP11)

Lo Kindre
Plant Up

Out of Glasgow come these fine sounds by Lo Kindre, a producer who really loves the dub. Plant Up is real slick and spacey with it, with high melodic synth lines that are clear and low dubbed-out bass sounds and samples that are real murky. It’s a tasty combination and no mistake. Four-track 12” on Optimo Music.
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  • Optimo Music

The Golden Filter
STILL // ALONE

Isolated synth-pop with lashings of coldwave and goth-pop. STILL // ALONE is rigidly divided into two halves over two vinyl LPs, separating the more club-orientated output from the home-listening stuff. The Golden Filter (a tight-knit duo) are proud to use predominantly vintage analogue equipment in their music making, and this record consequently has an authentic 80’s feel. 2LP on Optimo.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OMLP07)

Kiwi
Throw Down

Coming out right at the end of our (ever)fair British summer, maybe this could help it continue for a few more weeks. Kiwi’s cover of Carmen’s 1986 cult/club classic Throwdown brings a 4/4 disco club version and a lofi keys led latin percussion version on the back, both are surefire inside sunshine-bringers.
  • Vinyl 12" (OMD07)
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  • Optimo Music

Pussy Mothers
The Number 1 EP

Collaboration between Glasgow and Australia, Pussy Mothers throw you back to clattering 90s electro-disco. Opener Skirt consists of pot-and-pan percussion and whirring anologue synths, and almost sexual vocal lunges. As the EP expands onto more electro funk and soul territory with an undeniable disco groove.

Fred und Luna
Gluck Auf

Fred und Luna is actually just musician Rainer Buchmueller. Gluck auf celebrates some of Buchmueller’s favourite electronic musicians and will inevitably see Fred und Luna passed off as some Kraftwerk homage. It is far more than that, with the electronics taking on different lo-fi themes and shades to make a varied and charming album.    

Various
[Cease & Desist] DIY! (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-82)

A fizzy variety of post-punk action here on this compilation put together by JD Twitch. The material originally came into the world as 16 7” singles, from groups as varied as The Tesco Bombers, The Spunky Onions, and The Prats (whose song is called ‘Disco Pope’). Worth it for the names alone eh? Double LP on the Optimo label.
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  • Optimo Music

NOO
Optimo Music Disco Plate 5 EP

Noo is a production duo made up of Sami Liuski and Daze Dasen, who you might know as Bangkok Impact and Plastique De Reve respectively. Their influences for this fifth instalment of Optimo’s Music Disco Plate EP series include traditional Japanese theatre and Nintendo games, leading to 3 pieces of bright shiny wonder: 2 well suited to bold dancing and 1 that abandons the beats.

Golden Teacher meets Dennis Bovell
Golden Teacher Meets Dennis Bovell At The Green Door

12” vinyl on Optimo Music. Dennis Bovell’s production credits insane, with the sheer number and variety. It includes The Slits, Orange Juice, The Pop Group, and Rihanna. Here we have his reworking of Golden Teacher’s Like a Hawk, as well as an unreleased original on the AA side. If you’re into your heavy dub, 808 freak outs, this is for you.

Rita Furstenhof
Hadron Collider EP

Nothing much is known about Rita Furstenhof, but what more do we really need to know above and beyond the facts of what we can hear on the Hadron Collider EP? This material pulses along superbly, forcing listeners into a head-nodding groove. Optimo Music are very excited by this release, and so should you be.

Mr. TC
Soundtrack For Strangers

Mr. TC is a producer so far rarely sighted outside of Glasgow. That may change soon however, once his style catches on: the kind of nifty electronics you’d expect from the Optimo Sound label, plus lashings of guitar straight out of 1970’s Germany. Soundtrack For Strangers is his debut EP.
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  • Optimo Music

The Golden Filter
PS1103 EP

The Golden Filter make unique electronica, in part due to the fact that the duo come from opposite side of the globe: Penelope from Australia, Stephen from the USA. The duo make a deep, rich hypnotic sound with vocal phrases that pinball around their well designed tracks. PS1103 EP is The Golden Filter’s first recording for Optimo Music.

Junto Club
Junto Club EP

Junto Club are a group operating within the milieu of electronic dance music (here we are with a 12” on Optimo Records after all), but they are a four piece, and work with at least some ‘real instruments’, live style. These four numbers move in a slinky way, firmly compelling to all and not quite like much else.

Sex Judas
Optimo Music Disco Plate 4 EP

Two piece Sex Judas feat. Ricky was started as a vehicle for an anonymous Norwegian producer with a love of comics and electronic music. Taking their inspiration from German avant-garde psychedelic rock, deep disco, classic house and techno they combine political satire with deep modern electro with solid analogue basslines.
  • Label(s):
  • Optimo Music

Reel Houze
Optimo Music Disco Plate Two

Reel Houze are/were Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello. This two tracker on the eternally hip Optimo Music is a reissue of a cut originally released in 1996. Time has been kind and, even though these tracks are pushing the twenty year limit, there's a timeless quality to their dubbed out disco chic. Apparently featuring percussion played on a toilet seat, the shackles have been removed on this floor pleasing, hypnotising, crate digging saviour.
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  • Optimo Music

Felizol & The Boy
Like Cannibal Father Like Cannibal Son

Optimo Music veer away from their usual 12" roster with this full-length LP from Felizol & The Boy. A collection of recordings made over three years, the theme is cannibalism and the feel, unsurprisingly given that Yiannis Veslemes and Alexandros Voulgaris are film directors, is cinematic - with plenty of nods to Stanley Kubrick and John Carpenter throughout.
  • Vinyl LP (OM03LP)
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The Twins
You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)


  • Vinyl 12" (OM22)
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  • Optimo Music

Factory Floor & Peter Gordon
Beachcombing / C Side


Peter Zummo
Zummo With An X


  • Vinyl LP (OMZUMMO01)

Organs Of Love
Bone


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Older Lover
Older Lover


  • Vinyl 10" (OM006-10)
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