JG Wilkes - Jaxon EP
Infamous for his part in Glasgow’s DJ duo Optimo and the production partnership Naum Gabo (Speicher / Kompakt Extra), J.G. Wilkes is an esteemed music producer with a catalogue that has been building since the turn of the century. The ‘Jaxon’ EP is J.G. Wilkes’ first widely available solo 12” release containing four exquisite cuts exploring the ethereal boundaries of electronica.
Taken from a limited edition mini album box set entitled ‘German Pizza Party’ (VF111), J.G. Wilkes’ ‘Jaxon’ is the only track from that collection aimed anywhere near a dancefloor, in which rich and potent rhythms collide with foreboding frequencies. 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, beatless and occasionally ruthless ‘Bathing Beauty’ in its original form and ‘Useful Tool’, given a turbulent rework by Naum Gabo.
Belfast born and Glasgow based DJ & producer J.G. Wilkes or Jonnie Wilkes is one half of the infamous Optimo DJ duo.
Their unique approach to dj-ing has spun their reputation to be nothing short of legendary.
He also forms half of Kompakt’s luminary duo Naum Gabo, who have been releasing sporadically to great acclaim since 2001.
Although little is known of Barnt, his reputation precedes him. Releases on his own conceptual label Magazine Studio as well as Comeme and Hinge Finger further evolve his idiosyncratic style. He lives in the fruitful atmosphere of Cologne and is as relevant in his performances at Robert Johnson as at Montreux Jazz Festival and Berghain.