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6 track 12" EP on Warp.
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Chris “Clark” Clark’s most recent album (and former Norman album of the week) ‘Iradelphic’ represented a real step forward for Warp’s current golden boy, mixing organic sounds and samples with smart, crisp beats for a truly inventive and progressive piece of cerebral modern dance. Now he’s back with a six track EP intended as a counterpart to that long-player, but if ‘Iradelphic’ was made for your head, this one here is made for your feet.
Clark’s playfully stumbling beatwork and clever sampling are still present and correct, but the beats here are more aggressive and pumping than those on the album, with three album tracks being reworked to more closely represent the hard-hitting versions he plays live and three brand new cuts. Particularly effective is the brooding, tinkling ‘Com Re-Touch/Pocket For Jack’ with its jacked up hip-hop beat and aggressive bass.
The new tracks are closer to the LP material, with less aggressive bass and smoother, less punchy beats. In fact drifty interlude ‘Brigitte’ is entirely beatless, ‘Secret Slow Show’ is all east-meets-west percussion and female crooning until a splintered minimal beat takes the fore, while ‘Dove In Flames’ simply consists of sparse Plaid-esque twitchy melodic loops over some glassy-smooth synth chords. If you’re a fan of Clark’s more dancefloor-aimed material I think this EP will consistently impress and if you’re a fan of the latest album it’ll give you plenty more meat to chew on until the next one arrives.
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