Following in the footsteps of his eponymous 2014 album Chris Clark aka Clark continues to establish his place as one of the pioneers of electronic avant garde music. Gradually formed from the bones of Clark's momentus live rave musical performances, ‘Flame Rave’ carries soulful, emotive melodies over an aggressively tense percussion in a beautifully dynamic juxtaposition that is at once heartbreaking and uplifting.
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Careful, Clark is going back to the old school. The grooves held within are as hot as their name, still definitely sitting in that comfy niche between dancefloor-revelation melody and pounding techno that’s made him a deity of the genre and an expert with, ahem, playing with matches. But these are some super sekret kuts that have been born from Chris’ live set and perfected a la technology, so the intensity is dialled up a considerable amount.
That barebones jungle riddim must have a neglected place in Chris Clark’s heart, because it gets some serious attention here. ‘Silver Sun’ crunches along with breakbeat joy alongside some sparkling synthwork, obliterating in an instant anything that Prodigy could ever put out. The blasts of noise and outrageous wails common with early rave are there, just with some really nice chords to elevate it beyond. ‘To Live and Die In Grantham’ spends most of its days whomping out some overdriven Berlin filth before the hints of a tune become a wonderful display of 90s melodic optimism during the outro. Things slow down but lose no energy when side B begins, with such a focus on chords that it sounds like a heavier Tycho at times. He goes full washy emotion on final cut ‘Unfurla Cremated’, a beatless beauty of 5am comfort.
What’s strange about some of the tunes is that they’re left at a point that could build straight back up to a heavy climax, yet Clark just calls it. Perhaps this is a set trick so that you can drop into the next track without a second thought. The live influence really shines here, which justifies this as a unique enough collection of tracks for an amazing EP.
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