A common accusation levelled at Warp Records is that their output frequently treads a fine line between all-out experimentation and zero melody. Chris Clark avoids this mistake on his latest solo venture, which touches on the work of the founding members of the electronica scene whilst still producing a product that is fresh and able to hold up in the likeability stakes after repeated plays.
The slghtly off-kilter tune to 'Herr Bar' imagines Boards Of Canada in livelier mood. It's an indicator of what is to follow; big thick beats, vintage analog instrumentation and those all-important melodies. Meanwhile, 'Ted' is a freakish dance number reminiscent of the early work of Yello and 'Vengeance Drools' imagines a collision with the folktronica of Four Tet and the heavy percussive effects of Silver Apples. Best of all is 'Matthew Unburdened' where a glacial, mournful tune emerges from crashing beats. Surely one of the most diverse and addictive electronica albums of the year.