Review: In the 12 years since he unfurled acclaimed debut album Clarence Park, one-man electronica factory Chris Clark has produced a vast body of work. He's been particularly busy on the remix front, completing a huge array of reworks. It's this work that makes up the vast majority of Feast/Beast, a remix retrospective (which, curiously, also includes some notable reworks of his material) split into two distinct halves. The first disc, Feast, focuses on the more melodic, other-worldly end of his output, delivering wide-eyed remixes of Amon Tobin, Kuedo and, most beautiful of all, Silverman. Beast, the second disc, moves into darker, tougher territory, joining the dots between techno, bass music, vintage hardcore and wonk-hop thanks to notable versions of Massive Attack, Maximo Park and Depeche Mode.
Review: Coventry upstart Ryan McCarthy has been making his presence felt on the UK bass music scene with a sharp twist on house music that keeps its finger well and truly on the contemporary pulse of low-end testing 4/4 groove. This latest offering for Four40 Records makes all the right moves for mutually assured club destruction, throwing a snappy vocal hook on top of subby bass swells while the beat moves with a restrained intensity even as the garage swing takes hold. "Why You Messing" sports more of a New Jersey groove over which the full-bodied elements take hold, from pitched up vocals to live drum triplets that widen the straight-up beat. "Fuck 'Um Deep" manages a crafty blend of ghetto house and minimal techno in the vein of Marc Houle, not least defined in the snaking arpeggio that rises and falls through the centre of the track, leaving it to "They Love" to whip out a Chicago inspired heads-down jack-fest of the highest order.