Boomkat Product Review:
Chris Clark's latest for Warp features 6 tracks of electronic wizardry starting with the mentalist 'The Gavel', an acidic dsp mash up that steams straight in with no introduction, cut up and timestretched madness commandeering the first minute, and gives you a taste of what's to follow. Imagine Atom heart jackin' Aphex's 'Cock 12' and your close to the intense programming and digital mess that kicks the ep off, some compliment! The break reveals some lush strings that lull you into a false sense of security, the gabba beats that drop in assault your senses and the strings become even more prominent as they creep behind the kicks, mentally ace. 'A. Council' is relentless, spurious cuts layered over some slick 303 acid and crazily panned drums, an intense percussive workout that reaps rewards with tight programing showcasing the skills of Mr Clark and his little boxes. Metallic drones creep under the distorted beats, with edits not dissimilar to RDJ's Windowlicker/Flowers period, all switching beats and staggered acid peppered with sonic effects and unrecognisable samples that create a mastardized collage of electronics, a frantic and wicked track. The lighter moments are quite lush, 'Frost Investigation' has a music box style instrument that sounds like it's been put through Matthew Herberts Lo Fi sampler, a small moment of respite within the maelstrom of electronic beats. But, save the best till last, 'Rob Lee' sticks with the acid Mr Clarke delivers so well, utilising some serious electro beats that back up a warm and emotional string section which seems almost at odds with the harsh beats and 303 madness, a flurry of editing and some gorgeous synth work all come together to wrap the ep up superbly, nice one fella.