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Influenced by notorious psychonaut Timothy Leary's utopian vision of the future, 'SMI²LE - Space Migration, Intelligence Increase, Life Extension' is the third in JD Twitch's limited edition series of mixtapes for Optimo, this time deploying 90 minutes of cosmic jazz, lifted folk, deep-space electronix, android poetry and left-handed freek funk. Tabs out fer this one.
Back in the 1970s, acid evangelist Timothy Leary was convinced that by the new millennium, humans would have set aside conflict and colonized space. He believed that we'd be living in utopian micro-communities and would have perfected cloning technology, ending world hunger and scarcity. This might sound ridiculous now, but Optimo boss JD Twitch has used this idea to inform the direction of his latest mixtape.
Informed by the problematic neoliberal free market utopianism of Elon Musk, Twitch spins a wobbly story of 20th century elevated thought, puppeteering it with an arched 21st century eyebrow. Vintage sci-fi samples collide with blurry prog, time tunnel electronic experiments and luscious sacred jazz. Soundtrack snippets are spliced lovingly with wide-panned bleeps, blurts and disruptions, before vocal spirits spit from the outer realms. It's the kind of mix that reminds you why the artform can be so much more rewarding than an algorithmic playlist. Given the theme, it makes sense it's long too, like 200 micrograms of Albert Hoffman's finest - a temporal commitment. Strap in, turn up and tune out.