Glasgow institution the Sub Club celebrates twenty years with a 2CD mix by residents Optimo and Subculture on Soma.
Subculture’s mix concentrates on the history of house and techno, featuring classic tracks by the likes of Round 2, Steve Poindexter and Galaxy 2 Galaxy. “The idea behind our mix was to reflect on the history of the different moods and grooves played on our Saturday nights,” explains Harri from the duo. “Rather than focus on peaktime tunes, we selected tracks that for us, still stand the test of time”.
“We tried to break it into chunks of history, selecting tracks more because they represent an era or genre rather than thinking about the mix as a whole, which perhaps made it a bit harder for ourselves when it came to mixing it”.
Disc 2 is mixed JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, whose band-focused Optimo nights have been a Sunday night staple at the venue for ten years now. As you'd expect, the mix is diverse, ranging from the classic techno (‘The Bells’) to punk (The Leather Nun, C Cat Trance) to funk (Beat Conductor, The Linkwood Family) and beyond.
“I guess the most obvious difference between this and previous mixes and compilations we’ve done is the tempo,” explains Wilkes. “We wanted to drop it down lower. At 105-110bpm throughout, we’ve tried to put something together that’s uncluttered, that breathes and at the same time maintains that low slung driving beat so mindful of a sweaty night at Optimo.”
CD1 – mixed by Subculture
01 Carl Craig - Mind Of A Machine
02 The Martian - Sex In Zero Gravity
03 Neal Howard - The Gathering
04 Mayday - Wiggin (Derrick May Remix)
05 Quadrant - Q.1.1
06 Orlando Voorn - The Light
07 Soul Center II - Psycho Set
08 Steve Poindexter - Born 2 Freak
09 Code 6 - Quad 2
10 Round 2 - New Day
11 Induceve - Time To Begin (Henrik Schwarz dub)
12 Jimmy Bo Horne - Spank (Original TK Full Length Mix)
13 Arnold Jarvis - Take Some Time Out
14 Lee Lewis - Atmosphere
15 Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Jupiter
CD2 – Mixed by Optimo
01 Jeff Mills - The Bells (Section)
02 Leather Nun - FFA
03 Nocturnal Emissions - No Separation
04 The Orb - Ripples
05 Les Georges Leningrad - Missing Gary
06 OP: L Bastards - Spraybeat (Eagle Mix)
07 Alec Empire - Robot L.o.v.e.
08 Luke Vibert - Asheed
09 Beat Conductor - Marrakech
10 Amnesia - Ibiza
11 Ruth/Polaroïd - Roman/Photo
12 Front 242 - Take One
13 Baby Oliver - Shot Caller
14 Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Mighty Girl
15 Imps - Almost Live But Definitely Plugged
16 Jay Shepheard - Last Days (of Cou Cou)
17 Linkwood Family - Piece Of Mind
18 Mugwump - Boutade
19 Junior Byron - Dance To The Music
20 C Cat Trance - Shake The Mind
Sub Club: 20 Years Underground mixed by Optimo and Subculture is out on Soma on May 19th, 2008.