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Dark Was the Night
Experimental Techno,Minimal Techno,Post-Punk,Experimental Electronic
Date of release:
February 4, 2014
FLAC vers. size:
1545 mb
MP3 vers. size:
1802 mb
WMA vers. size:
1648 mb
Other formats
4.7 ★

Dark Was the Night is the twentieth compilation release benefiting the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Featuring exclusive recordings by a number of independent artists and production by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation was released on 16 February 2009 (UK) and 17 February (US) as a double CD, three vinyl LPs, and as a digital download

Dark Was The Night, Optimo's sixth commercial mix, is in that vein. It starts out lost and lonesome and peaks in waves of nuclear winter sonics. More often than not, the beats provide texture rather than momentum. As DJs, Optimo are utterly in command of their material and deploy it with counter-intuitive brio. By constantly changing pace and wrong-footing the listener, Optimo have created another mix that's much greater than the sum of its parts. There are the expected obscure gems (Holy Ghost In. s "Mad Monks On Zinc," The Freeze's "Psychodalek Nightmares," Like A Tim's "Hurt You One More Time"), and some individual stand-outs (Inigo Kennedy's beautiful "Cathedral," Carter Tutti's nightmarish "Coolicon"), but ultimately each track is subservient to the overall character of the mix.

JD Twitch & JG Wilkes aka Optimo Espacio do what they do best on this 21-track selection of nocturnal beauties. This is total dark art DJing territory; a masterful mix from two of the best in field.

Two decades later, they follow with Dark Was the Night, a collection of 31 new and exclusive songs from most of the heavy hitters of the NPR-friendly wing of indie music. Produced by Red Hot, along with the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner, the vast majority of the songs on this collection are worth owning regardless of where the money is going. I confess though: My first reaction to listening to this all the way through was negative. When focusing on what's not here rather than what is, Dark Was the Night comes off as a gray, monotone look at the current indie landscape and, as a result, works best in small batches. It's missing not only rhythm and electronics- more hip-hop, anything in the DFA axis, . Animal Collective, et. but volume and velocity as well. Sure, it's a charity record not a party soundtrack, but No Alternative was full of actual rock songs.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Vanishing Point Optimo feat: Grouper 2:22
2 Mystery Chant Optimo feat: Jeff & Jane Hudson 3:46
3 Lost at Sea (Untitled 3) Optimo feat: Terrence Dixon 3:48
4 This Love Optimo feat: Jared Wilson 2:53
5 I Won't Hurt You Optimo feat: QX 1 3:57
6 Eclipse Optimo feat: Roberto Auser 4:43
7 Cleric Optimo feat: Recondite 3:29
8 Plastic Star Optimo feat: Byetone 1:40
9 Sine of the Dub Optimo feat: Kode9 / The Spaceape 3:42
10 Imaginary Soundscapes 9 Optimo feat: Hieroglyphic Being 3:10
11 Invocation Optimo feat: Silent Servant 3:36
12 Cathedral Optimo feat: Inigo Kennedy 4:30
13 Bsf°Tyk 5 Optimo feat: Hecker 1:24
14 Ketamineaphonia Optimo feat: Nurse with Wound 4:17
15 Coolicon Optimo feat: Carter Tutti 6:24
16 Intro Koenig Optimo feat: Voigt & Voigt 3:05
17 Mad Monks on Zinc Optimo feat: Holy Ghost Inc. 4:48
18 Black Reign Optimo feat: Deadboy 2:29
19 Hurt You One More Time Optimo feat: Like a Tim 3:43
20 Psychodalek Nightmares Optimo feat: The Freeze 6:46
21 Dream Baby Dream Optimo feat: Angel Corpus Christi 2:53


Roberto Auser - Primary Artist
Byetone - Primary Artist
Carter Tutti - Primary Artist
Angel Corpus Christi - Primary Artist
Deadboy - Primary Artist
Terrence Dixon - Primary Artist
The Freeze - Primary Artist
Grouper - Primary Artist
Hecker - Primary Artist
Hieroglyphic Being - Primary Artist
Holy Ghost Inc. - Primary Artist
Jeff & Jane Hudson - Primary Artist
Inigo Kennedy - Primary Artist
Kode9 - Primary Artist
Like a Tim - Primary Artist
Nurse with Wound - Primary Artist
Optimo - Mixing, Primary Artist
QX 1 - Primary Artist
Recondite - Primary Artist
Silent Servant - Primary Artist
The Spaceape - Primary Artist
Voigt & Voigt - Primary Artist
Jared Wilson - Primary Artist