Boomkat Product Review:
Ooosh! Optimo’s JD Twitch draw for some heavyweight ‘80s EBM/cold wave classics at the behest of his wife and The Vinyl Factory following on from his obscure post-punk survey [Cease & Desist].
So Low is so named after a cold-wave/EBM-oriented night that JD Twitch started up in Edinburgh around 1987, where “the audience mostly loathed what I was playing and rarely danced” according to the man himself.
Now 30 years later, and with the encouragement of his wife and friends who were too young to to hear those records at the time, he’s done us all a favour and compiled So Low’s biggest anthems in one deliciously bittersweet dance-off.
As usual with Optimo compilations, we’re introduced to a handful of new/old future favourites, none less so than Hard Corps’ camp calorie-burner Porte Bonheur or the twisted garage cold wave of Gerry & The Holograms and certainly P1/E’s rutting 49 Second Romance, whilst also reminding us the incandescent brilliance of Chris & Cosey’s gothic masterpiece Passion and Hunting Lodge’s scowling EBM workout Tribal Warning Shot, among classic zingers from Front 242, Throbbing Gristle, John ender, Eric Random, Colin Potter…