Optima Cumbia Glaswegiana

After having discussed cumbia briefly in an interview I did a few years back with half of Glaswegian DJ duo Optimo, JD Twitch, and given his real love of the genre (Beats in Space Radio Show from September 2009) it isn’t much of a surprise to learn that the first of a series of 12″ releases through Let’s Get Lost records is pura cumbia. The 12″ (available here) has four dancefloor orientated cumbia cuts including some rather ace covers of “Staying Alive” and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”. To be filed under disco-cumbia, cumbia-house or detroit-cumbia. In Twitch’s words:

“I’m not 100% sure what was going on in Colombia and Peru (amongst other South American countries) in the mid to late 70s but some of the craziest, wildest, hypnotic music I have ever heard was being made.”

Optimo, as a club night, may be no more, but the duo still DJ on a Sunday evening at the Sub Club for Hung Up! and continue to bring surprisngly great guests alongside their wonderfully eclectic DJ sets.

Surprisingly, this is the second cumbia release to come out of Glasgow (please correct me if I am wrong!) after the a Frikstailers release through the unfortunately short-lived Revolt into Style label (who even brought the Argentine duo to Glasgow back in 2007.) Here’s to global cumbiasation!


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