Three great DJs doing a B2B set at Optimo’s 20 party as the grand finale for an all-day event that had a hefty lineup.
This is my kind of set featuring LCD Soundsystem’s Lindstrom Tribulations mix, Moda’s ‘Retro & Grade’, Giorgio Moroder, Margarida and many more including that Optimo favourite – Madonna’s ‘Hung Up’. Dig in:
We’ve got the Body & Soul Festival stage times, the playlist and how here are the recommendation for 12 acts to see in Ballinlough this year featuring 9 acts & 3 DJs you must see.
Friday, Main Stage, 10pm
I have zero idea what the live show from Scottish composer Anna Meredith will be like as she’s made music that had an epic brass quality and experimental post-rock-style music but if either of those show up as the sun sets on Ballinlough, particularly the bombastic ‘Nautilus’ then I’d be happy.
Friday, Woodlands, 3am
A late-night show from one of the best new bands in Ireland? Nice. Christy Leech & Aimie Mallon are a party band who make music that moves between house, pop and electro. They are one of the hottest tickets on Irish festivals this summer so stay up late for this one.
The Bug ft. Miss Red
Friday, Midnight Circus, 21:30
If it’s heavy bass and atmosphere with a gritty rhythmic shake informed by down and dirty Drum ‘n’ bass, ragga, grime, ambient and dub, then a live show from the Bug is a must.
Simon Greene’s most recent Bonobo album traded off his reputation as a creator of intricate electronica to add some toughness and dynamic dancefloor production to his music, making Migration his best work yet. Live, he’s already known for large band recreations of that music so this should be a treat.
Saturday, Reckless In Love, 1am
Corkwoman Ellen King’s electronic is fairly uncompromising sonically, eschewing clean lines and grids for grit and lo-fi noise. Beneath it all, is a throbbing techno style. As seen in the recent Women In electronica documentary, King is also founder of the Gash Collective, who are also playing throughout the weekend.
BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past and are establishing their own rap-tinged soulful R&B jazz sound under a genre they’ve coined as “agrosoul.”
Saturday, Wonderlust, 11.15pm
Saturday is a great day for Irish DJs. While it would be remiss of me as one-third of Lumo CLub not to mention that we are playing twice on Saturday at Reckless in love from 4pm – 6pm and Absolut Bar late at 2am til close. So before you come over the latter, you can find my Loose Joints co-host Sally Cinnamon playing at the Wonderlust stage where I know there’s going to be be tunes I can recommend. Sally introduced me (and many others) to this track and it often gets a play in her sets.
Sunday, Main Stage, 9pm
One of my favourite live bands. The Florida band Hundred Waters‘ music features skittering electronic leaps, abstract folk textures and the undeniably beautiful voice of Nicole Miglis.
Sunday, Main Stage, 15:30 / Woodlands, 22:30
Kelsey Lu is a North Carolinian cellist and singer/songwriter who makes orchestrally-arranged ambient folk music and has an EP out on True Panther. She has earned comparisons to Alice Coltrane and Bat For Lashes, Lu’s music leans into the avant-garde spectrum yet she has collaborated with artists in the field of pop and R&B like Blood Orange, Kelela and Wet.
Sunday, Woodlands 1am
They are the creators of an album that is one of my favourites of the year, an ’80s-inspired collection of strutting synth disco with heart. Simon Cullen and Sorca MCGrath will work better than most at 1am at a festival. The place to be.
Mix & Fairbanks
Sunday, Absolut Bar, 3pm
DJ Arveene has curated a whole weekend of DJs with an emphasis on the Irish selectors and the lineup is strong across the weekend with the likes of Ciara Brady, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Billy Scurry, Jimmy Rouge, Eddie Kay, Stevie G, Cyril Briscoe, DJ Deece and Aoife Nic Canna among them. Kildare up and comers Gary O’Reilly and Rob Smyth aka Mix & Fairbanks have recently got into original tracks to whopping effect, but it’s the skills as DJs playing disco and house edits and classics that started them on their path. Just listen to the Linndrum (80s drum machine) inspired mix they made for me last year.
Ok so slightly cheating here, but my wife Aoife runs Sing Along Social and last year’s Body&Soul was the first time her zero commitment choir debuted at a festival and it went off as you can see below. Basically, Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir, a group karaoke session, a party with lyrics and backing tracks. This year’s theme is Pop Battle so think Drake vs. Rihanna, Justin vs Britney, Abba vs. Fleetwood Mac and more, including props and inflatable. It’ll be gas. There’s a kids version on the Saturday too.
AVA Festival have announced that their closing party will be an Optimo 20 year special (as they are doing at Body&Soul too).
The Red Bull Music Academy x AVA Festival Closing party, takes place fittingly enough for the pair who are known for their Sunday parties on Sunday June 4th at Aether, Lower Garfield Street, Belfast from 2pm.
The Bernard Shaw is celebrating 10 years on South Richmond Street and Bodytonic are planning a series of 10 gigs to celebrate from October 14th – 29th this month.
The Shaw was only supposed to be open for 2 years but the recession benefited it and it’s still going.
Highlights of the run include Optimo (see this recent post) and Mister Saturday Night headlining the 14th, Math + Math = Maths – a Girl Band & Meltybrains Supergroup and Don Conroy drawing class paired with a Homebeat show.
Optimo Espacio was a Sunday night club in Glasgow that was the stuff of legend. The Sub Club-held night ran for 13 years and was run by DJs JD Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes who as well as having live acts like Grace Jones, Four Tet, LCD Soundsystem, ESG and more play, was notable for its eclectic tune selection that ran the gamut of electronic, post-punk, disco, lo-fi and rock. Basically, it serves as one of the main inspirations for our own Lumo in Dublin.
The night ran for seven hours and the pair sent the club on a wild ride from downtempo curios and personal favourites from Angelo Badalamenti, Suicide, Etta James and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band through an increased BPM that features LCD, the tune the club was named after by Liquid Liquid, disco (First Choice), pop (modern Madonna) and rock (Iggy Pop) through to the glorious final 90 minutes of all-sorts: Sparks, Westbam, Blondie, ‘Stand On The Word’, Fleetwood Mac and ‘Stand By Me’.
Of course, Optimo are very much relevant as producers and DJs these days but their club was a Scottish mainstay and one that reverberated and inspired many around the world (a comment from The Black Madonna I saw only yesterday prompted me to seek this out).
1. Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps 2. William S Burroughs – William’s Welcome 3. The Residents – Hey Good Lookin’ 4. Angelo Badalamenti – Mulholland Drive Theme 5. The Parsonage – Love Will Tear Us Apart 6. Butch Willis & The Rocks – Drugs 7. This Mortal Coil – Song to the Siren 8. Suicide – Che 9. Blondie – Shayla 10. Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind 11. T.L. Barrett & Youth for Christ Choir – Like a Ship 12. Bessie Jones & Group – Sometimes 13. Nina Simone – The Backlash Blues 14. James Chance & The Contortions – Contort Yourself 15. Absolute Body Control – Baby’s On Fire 16. The Normal – T.V.O.D 17. Grauzone – Ich lieb Sie (slowed down) 18. lb – Jealous Guy 19. Chris ‘n’ Cosey and … – Sweet Surprise 20. Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing 21. Uncle John And Whitelock – Black Hat 22. Bo Diddley – I’m A Man 23. Johnny Kidd and the Pirates – Shakin’ All Over 24. The Fall – Totally Wired 25. The Strangeloves – I Want Candy 26. Gene Vincent – Rollin Dany 27. The Ventures – These Boots are Made for Walkin’ 28. Leadbelly – Black Betty 29. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Nashville Blues 30. Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag 31. Dark Day – No Nothing Never 32. Chris and Cosey – Walking Through Heaven 33. TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun 34. The Jellies – Jive Baby on a Saturday Night 35. Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love 36. Liquid Liquid – Bellhead (live)
1. Liquid Liquid – Bellhead (live) 2. Max Berlin – Elle Et Moi (Joakim Mix) 3. Justus Köhncke – Timecode 4. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge 5. Discodromo – Cosmorama (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) 6. !!! – Hello, is this thing on? (Thomas ‘n’ Eric’s Rub And Tug Throwdown) 7. Chilly – For Your Love 8. Barry Mason – Body (Faze Action edit) 9. Roni Griffith – Desire 10. Mount Florida – Yo La Poptimo 11. Prince – Controversy [ Contro (Wish We Edit) ] 12. Madonna – Into the Groove 13. Human Resource – Dominator 14. Grafiti – What is the Problem? 15. First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (vocal loop) 16. Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture 17. Iggy Pop – The Passenger 18. Laid Back – White Horse 19. Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Starskee remix)
1. Midnight Star – Midas Touch (Starskee remix) 2. Josh Wink & Lil Louis – How’s Your Evening So Far? 3. Scan X – Midnight (Julian Jewel Remix) 4. Chicks on Speed – Fashion Rules (Alter Ego Remix) 5. Cameo – Word Up 6. Par-T-One vs INXS – I’m So Crazy 7. Talking Heads – Psychokiller (live) (Greg Wilson Edit) 8. Adult – Nausea 9. The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers 10. Gui Borrato – Beautiful Life 11. The Juan Maclean – Happy House 12. Soup – New York, London 13. Rondo Veneziano – La Serenissima (Serge Santiago edit) 14. Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell – Duelling Banjos with Country Joe and the Fish intro 15. Liquid Liquid – Cavern (Dj Phantom’s ‘let’s hear it for the b boy mix) 16. Boney M – Rasputin (partly Nighflight to Venus too) 17. Chow Daddy – Dismembered 18. Retro/Grade – Moda 19. Virtualisimo – Mismoplastico (serge santiago maxi edit) 20. Glenn Underground – I Feel Dub 21. The Immortals – The Ultimate Warlord 22. CLS – Can You Feel it
1. CLS – Can You Feel it 2. Eurythmics – Love is a stranger 3. Den Haan – Release the Beast 4. The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog 5. Robin S – Show Me Love loop 6. Whirlpool Productions – From Disco To Disco (Les Rythmes Digitales remix) 7. Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (Icelandic Mix) 8. Amnesia – Ibiza 9. Cutty Ranks – Limb by Limb 10. Sean Paul – Like Glue 11. Shabba Ranks – Mr Loverman (David Morales Ragga Hop Mix) 12. Primal Scream – Loaded 13. The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop 14. Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby 15. Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache (Acapella) 16. Ferenc – Yes Sir I Can Hardcore (Michael Mayer Mix) 17. Green Velvet – Flash 18. Bizarre Inc – Playing with Knives 19. A Number of Names – Shari Vari (Vitalic & The Hacker mix) 20. Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel (Shep Pettibone mix) 21. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit 22. T-Rex – Children of the Revolution 23. Brother J C Crawford, MC5 Spiritual Adviser – 5 seconds speech 24. AC/DC – Highway to Hell 25. Cousin Cole – Bam A Lam 26. Echo Park presents No More – Suicide Commando (2006 Remix) 27. Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig Mix) 28. Loose Joints – Is it all over my face (acapella) 29. Console – 14 zero zero 30. KXP – 18 Hours Of Love (An Optimo (Espacio) mix) 31. DJ Rolando A.K.A. Aztec Mystic – Knights Of The Jaguar 32. Dustin Zahn – Stranger To Stability (Len Faki Podium Mix) 33. Madonna – Hung Up 34. Langley Schools Project – Good Vibrations 35. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (all nighter version)
1. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (all nighter version) 2. Vitalic vs Peaches – La Rock 01/Rock Show 3. Sparks – Beat the Clock 4. A Homeboy A Hippie and A Funky Dred – Total Confusion 5. Westbam – Oldschool, Baby (Piano Mix) 6. The Turtles – Happy Together 7. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (Trentemöller’s Businessman Dubby Games Remix) 8. Blondie – Atomic (JD Twitch dub) 9. Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk? 10. The Doors / Merzbow – The End / Woodpecker No. 2 11. Dinosaur L – Kiss Me Again 12. The Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word 13. Ben E. King – Stand By Me 14. Divine – Shake It Up 15. Liquid Liquid – Optimo 16. Ike & Tina Turner – Come Together 17. Warner Brothers – End Credits With Porky Pig 18. Nina Simone – Feeling Good 19. Fleetwood Mac – The Chain (coda) 20. Chuck Wood – Seven Days Is Too Long
J.G. Wilkes might be a busy DJ at the helm at Optimo and as a producer with Naum Gabo, but under his own name the releases are sparse.
That changes with a new EP coming out on Vinyl Factory on Friday called Jaxon and the title track is a slippy slice of percussive low-end hypnotics, reminscent of Daniel Avery. A Barnt remix of the track and two more tracks with a remix by Naum Gabo, are on the B-side.
The day by day lineup for the Bacardi stage at Life Festival was revealed today and includes Alle Farben, Ben Klock, Optimo, Dj Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Frank B, Groovement Soul, Sunday Times And Bodytonic DJs in Belvedere House in Westmeath from May 29th to 31st (yes same weekend as Forbidden Fruit and Sea Sessions).
Bacardí Stage Line Up
Alle Farben Pick N Mix Home
Frank B Bodytonic Dj’s Wigwam Benefit Souljam (Uk) Groovement Soul Galactic Beatclub
Ben Klock Optimo Dj Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5) Sunday Times
As one of the band’s featured in Darren McCreesh’s Irish post-punk compilation Strange Passion, SM Corporation, a band formed by Steve Averill after The Radiators From Space, have had a bit of overdue attention.
After the compilation, the band performed with other bands of the era. Now, Averill’s sons, Jon and Gareth are involved in a new release where a track from the band’s catalogue ‘Hammer 86’ has been remixed by Optimo’s JD Twitch, Gareth under his Great Lakes Mystery moniker and released by Jon, on the Shock World Service label.
Here’s the original track captured on VHS, on 1985 TV show Borderline.
The three tracks are being released on 12″ along with a download code for Great Lakes Mystery’s soundtrack to ’80s Dublin skateboarding documentary Hill Street. ‘The Gleam’ is a track from it: