Monday, 14 December 2009

Optimo Pres: Psych Out Mix + Your Xmas Party Weekend sorted.


Right then, last of the 'mix week' series now. We've pretty much posted one of our favourite mixes every day for 10 days, (except for Saturday and Sunday) and with this last one we thought we'd bring you something a bit special.
We bring you the thoroughly bloody excellent 'Psyche Out' mix by the Optimo lads that brilliantly alternates between acid house, sleazy funk & psychedelic rock. The mix was released on the equally bloody wonderful 'Eskimo' label back in 2005. The surprise was that hardly any time had passed since the critically acclaimed 'Kill The DJ' mix had come out, in fact it was a matter of a few months. Now without being cynical and accusing the chaps of trying to flood the market in a way not seen since Sasha & Digweed in the late 90's this seemed a rather strange move. That is until we find out that there was actually meant to be a nine month gap between the two mixes coming out but due to various problems holding up the release of 'Kill The DJ' they ended up coming out far closer together than anyone intended.
Anyway, with 'Psyche Out' they wanted to do something very different from the 'Kill The DJ' mix and came up with the idea of doing something vaguely psychedelic in flavour. They also wanted to let the tracks play a little longer which is why this mix has half the number of songs that 'Kill The DJ' did. Apart from a couple of tracks, almost everything on this mix is at least ten years old with a couple of songs dating back to the 1960's. The trade mark quality control that the Optimo lads are known for dictated that even with the 'Kill The DJ' album still warm on the shelves it would have been far easier for them to put together a bunch of what were then current 'killer' tracks and bang it out to make a quick buck, but as ever they wanted to ensure that everything on it was something they genuinely loved ensuring that it wouldn't date quickly.
Coming only a few months after their How to Kill the DJ 2 mix, Psyche Out is indeed heavy. HTKTDJ was impossibly flashy and virtuosic - all jump cuts between scene, sound, and mood. Psyche Out is less manic, more rolling, brooding, cosmic. If anything unites the 40 years of music here, it's the compulsive, hypnotic power of repetition. From psyche rock to krautrock to disco to acid house, the tribe vibe of dancing your arse off in a dark, smoky room (or zoning out) though that takes us dangerously close to Lazer Floyd territory so best to keep moving). Still, that definitely does trump doing coke in the toilets and 'networking' all night long.

1. Vapourspace - Gravitational arch of 10
2. Hawkwind - Hash cake '77
3. Silver Apples - Oscillations
4. Delia Gonzales and Gavin Russome - Rise (DFA mix)
5. Dorau / Kohncke - Durch die nacht (Geiger mix)
6. Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder
7. Sinnamon - He's gonna take you home to his house (instrumental)
8. Herbie Hancock - Raindance
9. Sweet Exorcist - Mad Jack
10. Damien Donato - Life Support System
11. Throbbing Gristle - Hot on the heels of love (Carl Craig reversion)
12. Hole In One - Game from the planet onchet
13. The Stranglers - Bear cage
14. Mr. Fingers - Washing machine
15. Chris and Cosey - Walking through heaven
16. Skatt Bros - Walk the night
17. Acid Test - Test one / Simple Minds - Theme for great cities
18. The Step - Yeah you (Robert's mix)
19. Systeme Imaginique - The Sublime moment
20. The Temptations - Papa was a rollin' stone
21. Koenig Cylinders - Carousel
22. Dinosaur - Kiss me again
23. Chamber Bros. - Time has come today
24. Sons and Daughters - Johnny Cash

Optimo Prestents: Psyche Out.


Well, it's almost here, the end of the year known as 2009 and the close of the 1st decade of the noughties. We'll be going through all the usual best of's, top 10's and such next week in a bumper edition of Tourist once all the usual rasclarts involved have returned their lists and the overworked helper elves here at Tourist Towers have collected and collated all the festive data. Untill then, a couple of big, BIG hitters to tell you about this weekend as we dive headfirst into the collaterall damage of chardonnay, fingerfood and uncomfortable drunken gropes that is the Christmas party season. Regarde,,,,

Friday 18th. KlickKlack Presents,,
Nima Gorji (Welt Recordings/Cecille/Safari Electronique)
@The Cosmic Ballroom.
11PM till 4AM.

Born in Iran in 1972, and since the early eighties a citizen of Denmark, he has been surrounded by music all his life. His father being a keen musician, Nima quickly found out that he wanted to follow in his old mans touring footsteps. At the tender age of 18 Nima had his first stint behind the decks at a local club and hasn't looked back since. From arriving in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, Nima instantly started making an impact on the clubscene, being a resident at the now legendary LUST nights which introduced the city to the concept of wednesday night clubbing alongside major guest DJs as Francois Kevorkian and Les Rythm Digitales back in the late 90's.
Nima quickly got his own night at RUST CLUB keeping his strong position as one of the city's most important djs with his unmatched skills behind the decks. After two remixes for a major label which was part of a certified Gold single release, Nima now focused on creating his very own label WELT RECORDINGS.
In the autumn of 2005 Nima moved IBIZA and managed to succesfully establish himself in the society of the island. Within few months he had made his way to PACHA and quickly created a buzz around his dj set's. Not long into 2006 he had landed himself a friday morning residency on the world famous terrace at SPACE. More recently in Ibiza he has been playing for big nights such as MONZA @ PRIVILEGE, IBIZA UNDERGROUND and who can forget his memorable set at ZOO PROJECT this year, many regarding this as the greatest party of the whole season.

With support:

Neil Harker
Shaun Estrago
+ Special guest Dean Killen

in the boudoir Heavyweight Dubstep
Funk Ethics


Next up on Saturday we have this little number,,,,

Xmas Parties are supposed to be all about fun, so we've invited the original party starter, GREG WILSON, to host our Disco-Boudiour for our festive special.
The man needs no introduction, so why the hell would we give him one!!!
Simply not to be missed.

We've also invited 2 of our other favourite northern DJs to host the groundfloor, taking things that little bit deeper...

ALEX GRZYBOWSKI (Suruba, 2020Vision, Asylum)
SI QUICK (Habit)

As ever support comes from our residents...
Geoff Leopard
Last Waltz DJS
Remember, this is our "Of
fice Party" so bring your worst tie and your best corny chat up-lines, as it's going to be Miseltoe-a-go-go!


*Leftfield Xmas Decor
*Office Fancy Dress Theme (Sultry Seceretarys and IT-Geek Chic)
*Warm Chardonnay in a Plastic cup on arrival

Xmas "Office Party"


GREG WILSON (Credit to the Edit 2 Tour)
ALEX GRZYBOWSKI (2020 Vision, Asylum, Suruba)
SI QUICK (Habit:)
Geoff Leopard
Last Waltz DJs

Saturday 19th
The Cosmic Ballroom


Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

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