Recommended by us on 15th November 2006.
Its Chris Clark’s time to take his place within the top ranks of Warp's best electronic music makers. Shortened to Clark, he’s produced the album of his career and one of the favourite albums of the Warp office this year. It seems like a new start for Clark, Body Riddle is meditative, simplified but with more musical colour, subtle sonics, melody and rhythm, the drill and bass workouts of older work seem to have been left behind, with Chris finding the confidence to do exactly what he wants and do it really well. On some tracks Chris plays neatly edited drums which gives the music a live feeling, the straight melodics of Herr Bar, the dense, oceanic cymbal splashes and droning violins of Frau Wav, are a strong example of the album's intuitive development. Each track subtly transforms itself into something stranger than it was at the beginning whilst still keeping it’s integrity with incredibe attention to detail. Examples are the tidy reflective analogue strings and hip hop handclaps of ‘Ted’, the martial boom-bap drums of ‘Vengeance Drools’ which opens itself into a delicate chorus of voices and harp. This album sets him apart and establishes him firmly as a major Warp talent. Body Riddle seems designed to leave a lasting impression, pull on your heart strings, and also to sound very fresh, so give it some space this autumn; you will fall in love with it.
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