Manchester’s Mark Stewart (aka Claro Intelecto) arrived back to open arms with his Delsin full-length debut only a couple of years ago – before that, he hadn’t released an album in four years. Only a few singles popped up between that gap to keep fans at ease. Stanza is the second release from Claro Intelecto we’ve seen this year and I hope he isn’t going to slow down – the first was Peace of Mind, and sadly I didn’t get to it in time before its selling out. If you’re looking for deep house with some dub influences, you’ve come to the right place. The first track “Remember” sounds like something Deep Forest would’ve done had they gone head first in to producing house, with its ominous vocal samples. “White Sun” puts your head inside the bass drums and it will definitely put your subwoofers to the test. I won’t spoil the other two tracks on the B-side for you. Check out a preview of all the tracks by clicking through the Buy Now link below and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Having re-emerged to great acclaim on Delsin in 2012 with an excellent album and EP offering, Manchester's Claro Intelecto is back once again. This time out, following the label re-releasing his debut EP Peace Of Mind, Claro is serving up four brand new tracks that fuse his usual deep, dubby house and techno stylings to swathes of lush ambiance and delicate sound design.

First up is 'Remember', a mid-tempo track with thundering kicks and little malfunctioning machine noises floating in swathes of cavernous dub. Subtle rhythms emerge from the murk and tortured, ghoulish sounds imbue them with a real sense of paranoia. 'White Sun' is full of Claro Intelecto's usual smeared synth and weirdly atmospheric ambient sounds and only after two minutes does a slow, purposeful kick drum arrive, but even then you are rather left swirling and floating in his textural chambers than marching to a beat.

'A Nightmare Before Bedtime' is a melange of clipped and scary voices, grainy white noise gusts and heavy, lazy kick drums. Super slow and seriously moody, it's a perfectly unsettling track that is wholly befitting of its name. Finally, 'Blank CC' is the most direct thing here, where frazzled and serrated lines rip about above stormy synth seas. Prickly, ever more intense and full on non standard electronic sounds it's another of Claro Intelecto's abstract offerings that really arrests your attention.

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