Jimmy The Twin

Jimmy The Twin

Originally from London, Jimmy The Twin moved to Bristol in 1995, drawn by the Fresh 4, Full Cycle and the big Bristol sound.

Jimmy The Twin has DJ’d locally in clubs and bars for almost 20 years (supporting the likes of Gilles Peterson, Ugly Duckling, and the Sugar Hill comeback tour), but his edits are far further reaching. Long before a commercial release, his reworks were getting airplay on radio and podcasts, and at festivals and Soul weekenders across the globe. His first Disco edit was inspired by 90’s Deep House record “Chalk Line” by East End Trax, which used the bass break from Salsoul classic “Doctor Love”. Being a Soul boy at heart, he couldn’t help himself and several weeks of self-taught Soundforge resulted in his first take on the track, later renamed “’Reet my Lurv?” (check the Bristol reference). Editing tunes then became standard procedure, recutting grooves for his DJ sets and giving to his mates. 10 years after his first edit, and the West country influence is clear in his work: Soulful cuts with big bass balls. Jimmy The Twin’s own particular mix of ingredients are part of his signature; Soul, Funk and Rare Groove, respectfully edited then beefed up with a new percussion backbone. Rather than a modern deep house kick, he often uses cheap 80’s drum machines like the 505 and 707 to do his dirty work, then jacking the vocals for an oldskool feel …giving them an organic touch missing from so many of his contemporaries.

2011 saw Jimmy’s first accidental release, when he discovered his Gary’s Gang Edit had been pressed on a 12” bootleg. Subsequent releases have been a little more planned and 2012 is looking busy with 5 releases scheduled before the summer…


Check out his releases:

RETROLP001 - The Retrospective All Starrs Vol.1


Check out his podcasts:

RETROPOD008 - Jimmy The Twin's Retrospective mixtape (Apr 2012)