Causes Of Colour. w/ Optimo & Friendly Fires. Was On Friday, June 25th. @ The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2, 9pm - 4am
Friendly Fires (XL)
Tim Goldsworthy (DFA - Mo'Wax)
Ali Tillett (Warm)
Rob Summerhayes (Warm)
Friday June 25th sees Ali Tillett and Tim Goldsworthy follow up their hugely successful April edition by enlisting the talents of a pair of Glaswegian living legends, Optimo!!
When Keith McIvor (AKA Twitch) and Jonnie Wilkes formed Optimo in 1997 they both had 10 years of DJing behind them. As a teenager in Belfast Wilkes had been plying his trade playing out reggae, funk and jazz, while Twitch came from an equally eclectic background which also saw him co-found Scotland’s first techno club, Pure. Pure became legendary, bringing in the likes of Jeff Mills, Derrick May, and Richie Hawtin, but by 1997 both felt that an antidote to the endless 4/4 beat was necessary, and after a fateful meeting on a Glasgow-Edinburgh bus journey Optimo was born, along with its legendary anything-goes philosophy. Unpredictable, genre-defying, and endlessly knowledgeable, the sounds that the pair brought to Glasgow’s Sub Club caused Optimo to become an institution, a haven for music-fans tired of blinkered music policies, eager for new sounds and wide-ranging booking policies. Over the years the club saw the likes of Liquid Liquid (from whom, of course, they take their name), Grace Jones, James Chance, and LCD Soundsystem. Optimo as we know it is now finished, but its spirit lives on in a new night at Sub Club and a highly anticipated Fabric mix, and Twitch and Wilkes continue to tour the Optimo sound around the world.
Tim Goldsworthy is one of the unsung heroes of electronic dance music. Having co-founded the legendary Mo'Wax label in the early 1990's with UNKLE's James Lavelle they went on to sign acts such as Air, Luke Vibert, Malcolm Catto, DJ Shadow and DJ Krush to name just a few! After leaving Mo'Wax and London behind he fled to NYC where he set-up yet another hugely influential label, DFA Records with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, where he produced ground breaking LP's for LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair and Cut Copy. Having now relocated to Bristol, Tim has been working in the studio with Massive Attack, The Detachments and Goldfrapp! Once again Tim will be treating us to his new DJ/live set-up which sees him incorporating aspects of his studio into his an Ableton set stock-full of drum machines and EFX to create something a bit out of the ordinary!
Taking over the decks upstairs will be Friendly Fires. Friendly Fires are one of the most exciting bands to come out of the UK in the last few years, and they have a clear affection for disco, house and techno which shines through in their own music and also in the booking policy for their club nights at the Warehouse Project in Manchester and The Coronet in London, which has included the likes of Prins Thomas, Michael Mayer, and Horse Meat Disco to name a few. Their tracks have been turned into dancefloor smashes by the likes of Justus Kohncke and Aeroplane, and they have recently released a special split 12’’ with DFA’s Holy Ghost! Simply put, the Friendly Fires boys know how to throw a party.
Joining Tim Goldsworthy, Optimo and Friendly Fires will be Warm's very own head honcho Ali Tillett. Ali has been behind the hugely successful Warm agency for the past ten years looking after artists such as Ame, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz, Horse Meat Disco, The Revenge and Mark E to name just a few! Having worked at Nuphonic Records before its demise he has played at the now legendary London Xpress and Bridge & Tunnel parties warming up for artists such as Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, Metro Area and many more.