RIYL: Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, AFX, Autechre

Label: Warp Records

Chris Clark a.k.a. Clark is releasing his eighth studio album on Warp in April and it is a long awaited one at that. His last studio recording was 3 years ago with a self-titled record that received rave review, even reaching #20 on the Billboard Top Heatseaker charts (whatever that means). Clark has been active since then however, creating soundscapes for the British TV series “The Last Panther” in conjunction with releasing a 48 minute composition in 2016.

Magnetic Peak is the first song released from Death Peak and it sounds like a multi-layered dream sequence complete with bold arpeggios, rare vocals, drone synth and blistering cinematic sounds through the 5:43 seconds of the song. The song feels as if there are multiple movements and each portion leads to another, more tantalizing section, until the song ends in a one instrument synthesizer sound, abrupt, but completing.

Here is Bleep’s write-up:

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 first appeared way back in 2001 with the brain-hammering Clarence Park album, Chris Clark (as he was then known) instantly slotted in perfectly with both the old and new artists that made up the cutting-edge Warp vanguard. While his music, at times reflected a strong influence bled in from the caustic industrial puzzles of Autechre and the analogue post-jungle crunch of AFX & Squarepusher, Clark melted these influences down into a concrete vat that carried a strong influence of out and out techno. On occasion, he has taken this need 2 jack and let it rise to the forefront of his productions (as found best on the killer off-kilter Turning Dragon LP). It’s on Death Peak though that he transcends all of these influences fully and firmly to the front of his mind and sequencer to create a flooring vision of post-genre electronica.

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.

The Details

Bleep exclusive:
Transparent vinyl pressing
Housed in a 6 panel gatefold sleeve with black inners and obi strip to cover
Limited to 500 copies only

Estimated Shipping: 4/6/2017 Shipping from United States of America

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Price $28

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