Something is stirring deep down beneath; after lying dormant for some time, Clone's Aqualung Series is revived in order to facilitate another round of Drexciya-related goodness. Dedicated solely to the various works of Drexciya man Gerald Donald, the Aqualung label has been used sparingly by Clone since it was established in 2009 so the arrival of a new release is somewhat surprising and, more to the point, most welcome. As the title suggests, Black Sea / Wavejumper (Aqualung Versions) presents alternate takes on the Drexciya favourites and wedged inbetween is a brilliantly grotty unreleased track in "Unknown Journey XI". Another fine Drexciya document from Clone.
After a period on the sidelines, the Clone Crown Series returns in triumphant fashion with the first of two planned releases from Gary Gritness, a new project from French artist Tim Becherand. An experienced studio hand, Becherand has credits on works by artists as varied as Orlando Voorn, Dam-Funk, Grant Nelson, and Boddhi Satva to his name, and also experience of playing in various ensembles. The Frenchman resurfaces as Gritness for Clone some 4 years after his first appearance on a split release by My Love Is Underground and this is a much more comprehensive display of his production range. Clearly indebted by the sounds of US cities Detroit, Oakland, and Atlanta, the four tracks here are quite unique with the fast paced flex of "Ridin' With Runner Joe" a notable highlight.