Boomkat Product Review:
JD Twitch yields his definition of “E-Music”, a melange of tripped-out and synth-heavy early ‘90s styles played during his legendary friday nights at Pure in Edinburgh, for the next instalment of his mixtape series
After paving the way with expertly guided mixes of goth, new age and synth-pop, JD Twitch arrives at a golden era of his DJing ouevre, charting the kind of selections he would play before getting into harder stuff later in the night. It’s a cornucopia of pill-belly beauties, reaching deep in his crates for those “E Music” gems that punters would request every week during that period; distilling a sound that blossomed from the cracks between new age, proto trance, and deep ambient house styles. As to be expected, some of the records included have seen better days, so there’s a good bit of crackle in there, but if you’re going to let that put you off, then best run back to your Cafe Del Mar CD compilations and pipe down.
The mixing is butter on this one, glyding between cuts with an effortless breeziness that best highlights the tunes’ hypnotic efficiency and allure, eliding their contours and atmospheres in a skin-tingling flow of acid basses and choral pads that would have kissed the domes of ravers in the first flushes of the MDMA buzz, prior to going ham in the later hours. There were other notables doing this style at the time, but it’s safe to say that JD Twitch could call this vibe his own, drawing links between Chris & Cosey, The KLF, nascent electronica, early bleep techno and shine-eyed variants of European EBM that laid the foundations for a very good night ahead.
Kinda unmissable if you know the craic.