Review: Jay Clarke gets debut release on Klockworks

Artists: Jay Clarke
Title: Klockworks 18
Label: Klockworks
Cat No: KW18
Release: Out Now!
Genre: Techno

Here we have the 3 track debut release for up and coming Londoner, Jay Clarke on a label that certainly needs no introduction; Klockworks. For this, Jay has brought something special to the table.

The opening track, Drift runs deep with a bassline full of movement with some sparse percussion enjoys the space under a wonderfully moving delayed high bell sound. The movement continues as the interaction between the different elements on this really set your imagination off as you get drawn into the track as everything progresses and gels together. A proper earworm this one.

Magnetic comes at you with a very different energy but with the very same interesting movement that runs through the entire release. There is a main plucked sound that really sits up on this one. Something you’d hear a mile off in the mix. Jay has done a great job with keeping all of the elements on this working together and off each other at the very same time. It’s just on the right side of tracky or even, dare I say it, loopy for me. Something that can be quite hit and miss but on Magnetic, he has got the balance just right.

To close the release out, Mirage has this wonderful bell like tone that hooks you in right from the start. A lovely sound that he has capitalised on. As things develop and more layers get applied to the track, it becomes increasingly more interesting. There is a slight driving feel to the percussion that provides a stack of energy. At the right time, this one could do some serious damage to a dancefloor.

Overall, a great first time out for Jay on Klockworks and he’ll definitely be a name I’ll be keeping an eye out for.


About the Author

With almost 8 years of music production under his belt while producing bass music as DROKKR and more recently, electro and techno under his Dave Mono moniker, the Cork based producer & DJ has enjoyed a truly tireless love affair with all forms of electronic music. From Aux 88 and right through to Venetian Snares, everything has found itself a little place in the heart of this Corkman.