Saturday November 7, 2015
Nordic Trax Presents
[Roar Groove, Glasgow]
Scottish producer Graeme Clark aka The Revenges gift for crafting forwardthinking and inspiring cuts continues to be at the forefront of his musical attributes, although his work pays fitting tribute to the past.
After fifteen years of curating and cultivating quality music, 2015 will be a crucial year in The Revenges musical odyssey as he releases his longawaited debut album Love That Will Not Die on his own imprint Roar Groove. This full length format truly allows the producer to showcase every side of his sonic psyche, rewarding the listener with an epic journey through a mix of styles and ambience. From a heavy nod to the nascent days of electronic music, to the exploration of varying drum patterns and abundant percussion with a modern house feeling, this LP provides the sound The Revenge is traditionally famed for whilst still displaying innovative, progressive style and composition.
Of course, his precocious skillset doesnt stop there. Variety is the spice of life, and from tracks that defined the nudisco movement around the end of last decade (his collaboration with Craig Smiths The Soul Part II in 2009) to EPs such as Body Fusion and Incredible Shellsuit, both on his newest successful imprint Roar Groove, Clarks bountiful career has seen him release on an abundance of illustrious labels. These include his own DFA, also Pokerflat, Needwant, My Favorite Robot and his own former imprint the much admired Instruments Of Rapture, making him a sine qua non in any aficionados record collection.
Hes also known for his seamless collaborations and the new album even includes an inspired pairing with 70s disco icons Sister Sledge. Though surprising at first, this makes perfect sense, as both outfits have a similar musical ethos making tracks that remain timeless thanks to the emotion rooted within them. Also featured on the LP is Jesse Rennix. Having worked together on previous releases, Rennix vocals and the Revenges signature style come together in a hypnotic yet powerful cut.
He also boasts a strong reputation for deep, dark and twisted killer DJ sets. Whether home, as a firm favourite at Glasgows iconic Sub Club, or away, be it Tresor (Berlin), Sankeys (Manchester), Lola Club (Shanghai), Space (Ibiza), Panther Room (NYC), he provides charismatic live performances, with a deft skill for reading a room just right and filling a dancefloor.
His back catalogue of successes and now his debut LP of uptempo house and disco fusion display the producers skill for cherry picking every key and sample he uses with the precision his listeners anticipate from him. This promises to be another spectacular year for The Revenge as he continues to pave the way for musical exploration and versatility.
Plus Luke McKeehan
Visuals by Bent Matter
Open Studios, 252 East 1st Ave
Vancouver BC // Doors 10
Limited advance tickets on sale 10am Wednesday September 23 online at Resident Advisor and Ticketzone. Advance tickets available in-store at Beat Street, High Life, Zulu, Vinyl, Puff and Tom Lee (Granville).