- This edit by Optimo's JD Twitch was originally slated to appear on the excellent Autonomous Africa Vol.3 EP, which was released in July and gathered tracks by the likes of Midland and General Ludd, with all proceeds going to the Mtandika Mission in Tanzania. Permission to use this track came too late to include it in that package, hence its release on this limited edition ten-inch instead.
Storied Malian duo Amadou & Mariam's original is a captivating piece of African blues-rock, defined by its stirring duet vocal, its low-slung guitars and its percussive spine. In typical style, Twitch's edit sensitively attaches a more floor-friendly dimension to the track while keeping the soul of the original completely intact. He adds an elongated intro and layers of warming bass, before allowing the vocal to flourish again in this slightly altered environment, coming out with a piece of music that's as enchanting as the original.
A1 Amadou & Mariam - Ce N'est Pas Bon (JD Twitch Edit)