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- II : MMX by Clubroot
8/10 Brian Staff review, 06 May 2010
Now, this producer is being lauded in several circles as the future of electronic music or summat. That Clark fella keeps getting that particular golden spanner thrown at him too. Now Dan Richmond AKA Clubroot, a South-East based producer from this fair isle, has his second enigmatic opus out for your delectation. Less sound system inclined than his first collection, this has a vast, spacious feel with some quite Goa-friendly new-age ambient sounds swirling amongst the subtle, marauding low-end and countless fresh (but uncomplicated) beats. Probably more a home listening experience than his last, he moves dubstep in another direction, blending warm, deep chill-out atmospherics with the pulse of dub techno & the bounce of breakbeat. I reckon the hugely underrated producer Elemental is involved in creating soundworlds from a similar dimension, but probably not as richly layered as this. Rather, Mr Richmond gets somewhat unfairly compared to the much more desolate Burial, His disembodied samples occasionally resonate in a similar way but as the album progresses he brings in some quality trance-like elements and many beautifully meditative Eastern touches that remind me a wee bit of the eerie Skull Disco stuff - but with less abdomen worrying bass & bafflingly snaky drum patterns. More South Arabian sands than London Burroughs maybe? A cultured travelogue indeed, a little more populist & laid back than I was expecting, somehow, but still the bees bollocks!
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