Various - Sleepwalk: A Selection By Optimo (Espacio) (5 stars)

Various - Sleepwalk: A Selection By Optimo (Espacio)

Any album which takes a full ten minutes to actually develop any BPM at all – over Chris Watson’s found wavesound and the calming tone of Nurse With Wound’s ‘Funeral Music For Perez Prado’ isn’t your typical dance mix. But then, as should be obvious by now, Optimo are the polar opposite of being your typical DJs.

It’s a record to be absorbed. From Arthur Russell’s ‘This is How We Walk on the Moon’ (a song which forms the basis for Antony and the Johnsons’ entire career) to the might of Damon’s ‘Don’t You Feel Me’ and Chris and Cosey’s ‘Sweet Surprise’, this is as close in form and intent as a mix CD can come to being an artist album.



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