It’s been 25 years since Nightmares on Wax’s “Dextrous,” the second release ever on Warp—on June 17th, the label will celebrate the occasion with a best-of collection called N.O.W. Is the Time. JD Twitch, of the seminal Glasgow club duo, Optimo, was one of many affected by the track. “I clearly remember going into FOPP in Glasgow in 1989,” he says,” and the girl behind the counter excitedly handing me a 12-inch in a distinctive purple sleeve on some new label from Sheffield called Warp. The record was ‘Dextrous’ by Nightmares on Wax and it sounded like the future. I played it four times over the course of the night at my weekly gig in Edinburgh that weekend, which was something I would never normally do, and every time the cheers got louder and louder. I still play it to this day. If someone back then had told me that one day I’d end up remixing it my brain would have probably exploded on the spot.” (Incidentally, the first DJ mix that ever truly fucked me up was Optimo’s How to Kill the DJ [Part Two].) Download a 10-minute mix of Twitch’s favorite tracks on the compilation below, followed by a short doc on Nightmares on Wax.
Download: N.O.W Is the Time: A JD Twitch Optimo Minimix