Boomkat Product Review:
Mike Clark follows up the 'Detroit Beatdown' collection with this funk dripped four tracker. A central player in Detroit since the days of the Direct Drive DJ tag team, Mr Clark is hot property - it was Clark who programmed the drums on early UR material, fuelling Mike Banks' Red Planet series, going on to release on Planet E amongst others. His pedigree is gloriously-evident as he opens with 'Motown', a real Motor City number a la Theo Parrish, crunchy percussion and pure house piano building up to the goddamn heavy bassline underlining the funk factor, this is booty with brains. 'Lafayette Groove' is a different affair, a stripped, Motor City shuffle joined by padded bass and organ backing that makes way for the broken beat drums and funk 303 squelching superbly around the guitar and beat, funk music for the future, shades of Herbie Hancock, brilliant. Flip for more smokey action on 'Belle Isle Moment', sounding almost like a Dwele groove, with soul leanings and stepped bass, breaking into an uptempo snare-ridden broken-beat monster while the laidback bass groove does all the movement, dark and sultry biznizz. Rounding off with 'Funk 2003' which seems to combine all the elements of Detroit together and adds some of the deepest keys under the funk, a battle between grooves with 70's synths and stepped organs versus crunchy 4/4 and a touch of booty. Mike Clark wins hands down as these tracks are made for moody groovers, and with this four tracker he keeps Detroit central to the musical map of the future, pure class.