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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.

Free Love
Extreme Dance Anthems

Free Love (the artists formerly known as Happy Meals) recorded their latest mini album in a studio that sits half way between a church and a sex club. This setting seems to suit their music which has the joyous togetherness seen in a church and all the throbbing and thrusting of your local sex club. Like a lot of groups this year, they made the record primarily to entertain themselves and other people in an attempt to escape the misery of the political world for a few minutes at least.   
  • Vinyl LP (OM43)
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Various
Weaponise Your Sound

Optimo are putting up a fight this year. On the back of the first drop on their Against Fascism Trax sub-label we get Weaponise Your Sound, a compilation for International Women’s Day conceived, curated and designed by Diet Clinic head-honcho Kristina McCormick. The tracks here are all future-facing tracks that take in lo-fi techno, hybridised club music, leftfield singer-songwriter fare and much more. Moor Mother, Penelope Trappes and Sue Zuki feature, and all of the proceeds of Weaponise Your Sound will be donated to London housing charity Focus E15. Good work all round.
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  • Optimo Music

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.
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  • Optimo Music

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.

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.

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.  

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.
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  • 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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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.
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  • Optimo Music

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.

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. 

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.

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.
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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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Peter Zummo
Zummo With An X

Yes. Good. Anyone familiar with the work of Arthur Russell will have found themselves thinking ‘ooh, that’s a nice bit of trombone, wonder who’s responsible for it’. The answer is Peter Zummo, Russell’s friend and an extremely important figure in the late-20th Century musical landscape. 1985’s Zummo With An X, made with an ensemble that included Russell on cello and voice, is a fine summation of Zummo’s oeuvre. The combination of free jazz techniques, new age aesthetics and (post-)minimalist compositional practice can be compared to Midori Takada. Now Zummo With An X is reissued for the first time by Optimo.

Older Lover
Older Lover


  • Vinyl 10" (OM006-10)
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