Optimo’s J.G. Wilkes releases first solo EP ‘Jaxon’ – backed with Barnt and Naum Gabo remixes

Optimo’s J.G. Wilkes releases first solo EP ‘Jaxon’ – backed with Barnt and Naum Gabo remixes

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Mr. J.G. Wilkes of Optimo and Naum Gabo fame lays down his first solo release; contrasting gritty funk with ambient melancholy.

Known for his role in Glaswegian dance duo Optimo and also as one half of production partnership Naum Gabo (Speicher / Kompakt Extra), J.G. Wilkes is an esteemed music producer with a catalogue that’s been building since the turn of the century. His forthcoming ‘Jaxon’ EP though is the first widely available release under his own name – showcasing four exquisite cuts that test the ethereal outliers of electronica.

Taken from a limited edition mini album box set entitled German Pizza Party, lead track ‘Jaxon’ orchestrates rich and potent rhythms that collide with foreboding frequencies; a grubby dancefloor cut that slots in neatly between DJ Sotofett and Ron Morelli.

Cologne’s Barnt isn’t afraid to let the elegance of space and chaos into his heartfelt rework, solidly cementing the Koln-Glasgow freundschaft. The EP features two further productions from Wilkes; the melancholic, dreamy and occasionally ruthless ‘Bathing Beauty’ in its original form and ‘Useful Tool’, given a turbulent italo techno rework by Naum Gabo.

Head over to VF Editions to pre-order the 12″ which lands this Friday.

© The Vinyl Factory, Auntie Flo, Photography Michael Wilkin

© The Vinyl Factory, Auntie Flo, Photography Michael Wilkin

© The Vinyl Factory, Auntie Flo, Photography Michael Wilkin