Clark – Death Peak (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:36 minutes | 503 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bleep.com | Front Cover | © Warp
Chris Clark is an English electronic musician, performing under the mononym Clark. He is currently signed to Warp Records. His latest album features vocal/choral recordings. The daring, innovative breadth of his artistic imagination is given full licence in the sense of expansive space each track so effortlessly conjures, no doubt helped by his previous soundtrack work and sounding more euphoric than he has in a long time.
Sixteen years since his debut and eight albums later, a now rightly considered cornerstone of Warp’s core artist base, Clark, lines up what is sure to amount to his most cutting edge and immaculately scored vision of varied dancefloor dynamics and richly-ground techno hydraulics with the high-rise hypnotics that make up Death Peak.
Having had the album title going round in his head since summer last year, Death Peak sounds a lot like you might imagine it would, albeit in your wildest hopes and dreams, given its serious title. Truly an incredible and starkly visceral series of recordings, Clark appears to take a strong influence from the battered 12″s of mid 90s warehouse techno and drum & bass that litter so many of our collections, yet mixes them with the ethereal electronics and library record exploration previously unheard from him. This is all topped off with a dose of perfectly peppered throughout and rare use of the human voice, described by Clark as “the most perfect synth”.
Death Peak cements Clark as one of the most innovative and singular artists to ever release a record on Warp, much like those that lay the foundations before; Aphex, Plaid, Autechre & Nightmares On Wax through to the subsequent new wave of ahead of their time and all those around artists, Lorenzo Senni, Hudson Mohawke, Kelela & Evian Christ. Death Peak finds Clark in the middle, one foot in the label’s historic glories and one foot in the rave. A true pioneer the hypnotic groove, and constantly yet carefully constructing sounds that will lay down the blueprint for the future.
01 – Spring But Dark
02 – Butterfly Prowler
03 – Peak Magnetic
04 – Hoova
05 – Slap Drones
06 – Aftermath
07 – Catastrophe Anthem
08 – Living Fantasy
09 – Un U.K.