Clash Lion is the brainchild of Shall Ocin, TERR and Daniel Watts, three different people with different backgrounds, tastes and ideas, but with unlimited love for interesting music from techno to electro, from indie-dance to experimental stuff.
Review: Barcelona-based no_ip returns to Clash Lion with another three-track EP. 'Close To Me' itself is up first, a hard-to-pigeonhole affair that fuses elements of house, techno and disco into a pleasingly moody little chugger that'd work well in warm-up sets. We stay in dark, moody pastures for 'Nobody', which suggests prog and Italo influences and which has a fine way with a warping synth and a distorted vocal snip, while the EP's completed by a remix of 'Nobody' from Kino Todo, in which the darker elements are toned down while a more straight-ahead 4/4 kick and synthesized percussion lend it a lighter, housier feel.
Review: Fresh from delivering a dash of melodious, tech-tinged deep house wooziness on Phantasy Sound (the rather good Wings of Time), Daniela Caldellas AKA Terr returns to her Clash Lion label for a collaborative single with rising star Daniel Watts. 'Bring The Future' is pleasingly moody, low slung and psychedelic, with sharp, mind-altering electronic motifs and mind-mangling synth sounds riding tough house drums and a restless, punk-funk style bassline. The track's hallucinatory potential is further unlocked on the TB-303-heavy Queer On Acid remix, while the Mala Ika revision is a vocoder-sporting slab of hypnotic, house-tempo new wave chug. Bonus cut 'Clairvoyant' is excellent, too, with Caldellas and Watts opting for a dark electronic disco vibe and plenty of evocative, stabbing synth sounds.
Review: Dom Furlonge, a British artist who's now based in Spain, is best known for being one-half of Anjunadeep duo Journeyman. These days he's striking out on his own as Antic, still recording for Anjunadeep but finding time, too, to serve up this three-track, four-mix EP for Barcelona's Clash Lion label. It's sitting in our Disco section but, as you might expect from his background, comes from that point on the disco spectrum where cosmic and Italo vibes merge seamlessly into progressive house, with 'Disdain' the most faithfully 80s Italo-sounding cut and Gabe Gurnsey's pumped-up remix of the title cut the pick for house floors.
Review: So far, Spanish label Clash Lion has put out music by Maetrik and one of its owners, Shall Ocin. Next up is Japan's Risa Taniguchi, whose initial productions have already been supported by the likes of Maceo Plex, Charlotte de Witte and Perc. The title track on her Clash Lion debut sits somewhere between techno and house. It's based on a powerful, surging bass, is supported by rolling snares and resounds to a moody siren riff. "Execution" is more understated, but it sees Taniguchi soaking the stripped back arrangement in acid. Rounding off the release is "Monica", a pile-driving percussive affair that will appeal to fans of Pan-Pot.
Review: The Clash Lion label may be based in the sunny climes of Barcelona, but there is nothing happy about this release. On the title track, Brazilian DJ Anna delivers a killer big room techno roller, supported by soaring, building acid lines, industrial riffs and firing, relentless hi-hats. It's a stunning peak-time track that is sure to slay dance floors with its Hardfloor-style break down. By contrast "Impression" starts off in far deeper and reflective mode, with a drawn out intro that is reminiscent of Vapourspace's classic "Gravitational Arch 0f 10", before it kicks into a searing acid-soaked rhythm. Rounding off this killer dance floor release are the tight break beats and industrial riffs of "Into the Void."
Review: As its title suggests, this release marks the re-appearance of Maetrik after a five-year hiatus. During that time, Eric Estornel, the US producer behind the project has been focusing on his other alter ego, Maceo Plex. Return also marks a renewed focus by Estornel on cutting-edge electronics. "Ninex 7 - C", with its dramatic synth sweeps, soaring, pulsating bass and propulsive rhythm, is a reminder of the Maetrik work of old on Iron Box, while "Cortex 11-B" sees him focus on a different approach. Led by frazzled, angular percussion and a bleep-laden groove, it is full of the relentless energy that defines the Maetrik sound.