Optimo’s JD Twitch has deeper crates than just about any other DJ out there: Here’s a guy who stuffed a mix CD with not just Mr. Fingers and Chris & Cosey but also Hawkwind and Johnny Cash, who imagined hardcore and post-punk as equally appropriate for DJ purposes as electronic music. So to hear him in a context where dancing isn’t the first thing on anyone’s mind—as in this set, billedas “an afternoon of music discovery,” from the London Japanese restaurant Brilliant Corners—is a special treat. Here, he traipses through cosmic synthesizer music, Japanese new wave, dubby NDW, reggae, Alice Coltrane, German punk, and Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian. There’s no obvious rhyme or reason to the sequencing, so just lie back and let yourself be pulled by the current.
Written by: Philip Sherburne