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Optimo’s Optimal Anarcho-Solution ::

Reported by Ben Stroud on January 9, 2009

Scottish magazine The List collated local producers’ predictions for 2009 this week, discovering ‘classic house’ (Silicon Soul), ‘deep house’ (G-Mac) and ‘house and techno’ (Soma) were popular choices amongst Scottish DJs.

Twitch from Optimo, disagreed, however, suggesting ‘’I think the next breakthrough genre will be anarcho-synth’.

“Because it’s time to forget the past, move on from the mediocrity of recent years, spit on the grave of electro, defy conformity and kick out the jams,” said Twitch.

However, definitive mainstream DJ Tiesto failed to single out anarcho-synth in a fresh interview with music portal this week, despite opting for eclecticism as the way forwards for 2009.

“In 1998, I was really a trance DJ, but now I've travelled round the world so much, different influences have seeped in and I play a bit of everything,” he explained, “I think the only way forward for DJs now is to play a diverse mix of sounds.”

His comments echoed the long held views of rival superstar DJ Paul Van Dyk who began distancing himself from trance almost as soon as he attracted the label in the 90s. US portal appeared unconvinced, however this week, judging by a searingly harsh review of his new album ‘Hands On In Between’.

“Van Dyk hit his stride at the turn of the last century with Castles in the Sky, when slinging glowsticks and ecstasy was cool. Unfortunately, this double disk comes off like the guy who refuses to leave the party way after it is over,” site editor Raleigh Dugal complained.

“The self-serious tone of the tracks like New York City Night and Talk in Grey is par for the course, but you'd expect an act so intrinsically tied to technology to evolve over the last ten years,” Dugal added. (PVD review in full)

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