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  • Various. So Low. CD.
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Various. So Low. CD.


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Optimo’s prolific DJ/producer/label boss JD Twitch aka Keith McIvor has curated a compilation of early ‘80s synth, industrial and cold wave classics and undiscovered gems in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, following the [Cease & Desist] DIY! (Cult Classics from the Post-Punk Era 1978-82) compilation on his own Optimo Music label… Titled SO LOW, with hand screen-printed artwork by Katie Shannon, the 16-track collection had its genesis in McIvor’s irregular club night of the same name in his hometown of Glasgow. “So Low is an occasional night at The Poetry Club in Glasgow where I play some of the music I played when I first started DJing back in 1987,” McIvor explains. The term ‘cold wave’ was first coined on the cover of a 1977 issue of UK music magazine Sounds featuring Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk…. So Low focuses on the perhaps lesser known protagonists of the scene, such as UK/European minimalists P1/E, Colin Potter and Gerry & The Holograms, and American industrial/experimentalists including Michigan’s Hunting Lodge and avant-garde San Francisco collective Tuxedomoon, as well as a number of French and Belgian acts such as Siglo XX, Front 242, The Klinik and Clair Obscur. Tracks from industrial forbearers Throbbing Gristle and band members Chris Carter and Cosey Fanny Tutti, who went on to record as Chris & Cosey, and Germany’s pioneering minimal wave musician John Bender are also included. 

Track Listing

01 JOHN BENDER – Victims of a Victimless Crime
02 HUNTING LODGE – Tribal Warning Shot
03 THROBBING GRISTLE – Discipline (Berlin)
04 FRONT 242 – Kampfbereit
05 THE KLINIK – Moving Hands
06 P1/E – 49 Second Romance
08 ERIC RANDOM – Fade in
10 GERRY & THE HOLOGRAMS – Gerry & the Holograms
11 CHRIS & COSEY – Passion
12 HARD CORPS – Porte Bonheur (remix)
13 HOLGER HILLER – Das Feuer
14 SIGLO XX – Dreams of Pleasure
15 CLAIR OBSCUR – Toundra
16 TUXEDOMOON – No Tears