Having established Optimo Music as a truly eclectic label more than worthy of the Optimo (Espacio) night it grew out of, JD Twitch and co expand operations with the launch of the club specific Optimo Trax label. The all encompassing approach of Optimo Music remains the driving force behind this new offshoot, with the label apparently taking in both current artists and excavated "forgotten classics" and it's with the former that they launch. Little is yet to be known about the London producer L/F/D/M, credited as R. Smith, who was apparently encouraged to pursue music production while studying art with Factory Floor's man on electronics, Dominic Butler. Taking Butler's advice, L/F/D/M delivers a strong five track of EP of deep, analogue-fueled acid techno which simultaneously draws upon the influences of the motor and windy cities, while also incorporating the more sinister strands of European techno.
L/F/D/M, the warped musical project of Richard Smith, has been busy in 2018, with an album and an EP both appearing in cassette format. Now Smith spreads his sonic plague with the release of "X-Enter-O" on Singapore imprint Midnight Shift. "Sixteen Snakes" is led by insistent, doubled up claps, churning filters and wild acid lines, while on the title track, Smith enters into a world of paranoid discordance, with the bass and kicks pushed into the reds and militaristic snares riding roughshod over the resulting chaos. "Silver Grain" sees L/F/D/M veer into tripped out electro, but Smith is never too far from the primal dance floor sound, as evidenced by the lo-fi ghetto D-56M Poverty reshape of "Grain".