Earlier this year IDM techno maestro Clark released his highly anticipated album Death Peak on Warp Records. UK based producer Chris Clark needs little introduction: with releases dating back to 2001, he is one of the most well-respected artists in the techno scene. The first track that springs to mind when people refer to Clark is ‘Growls Garden’, the record that stormed the experimental techno charts back in 2009.
Clark’s music is unique, and has always had a dark experimental element to it, and this theme continues in Death Peak – right down to the title. The tracks are blend industrial techno with the use of vocals, more so than in previous releases. He uses atmospheric distorted synths throughout, and finishes on an impressive finale track ‘Un. U.K’, with wistful melodic chimes emerging throughout, making it a well-suited ending to his album.
Clark presents the live debut of Death Peak in his new live project on 18th November, as part of the latest collaboration between The Hydra and Printworks. The two events titans are once again joining to host their most unmissable techno lineup to date - a full label showcase of Blueprint, James Ruskin’s pioneering label. Along with Clark, Printworks welcomes nu-skool techno royalty Marcel Dettmann, who returns after tearing the roof off Printworks earlier this year. UK techno originators Surgeon and Regis will also perform under their legendary live moniker British Murder Boys, a punk-meets-techno super group that’s spoken of in hushed voices amongst those who know. Blueprint artist 65d Mavericks and label boss James Ruskin round out a truly special lineup under the iconic lights in Printworks’ main room, the Press Halls.
In the Charge Bay, The Hydra showcases the more esoteric end of Blueprint’s techno spectrum. UK techno upstart Randomer headlines, bringing his bone-crunching breakbeat rhythms to Printworks for the very first time. Also on the bill, genre-bending techno and grime starlet Mumdance, and Death & Leisures boss Broken English Club. Both artists explore the boundaries of conventional techno, twisting the genre into something new and fresh and vital. Experimental techno producer Russell Haswell, and nu-skool Blueprint artist Rommek round out the lineup. In both rooms, an embarrassment of techno riches is on display, perfectly matched to Printworks’ cavernous industrial setting.
We can’t wait to hear Clark perform Death Peak live under Printworks iconic lights, in less than two weeks – preview a performance of tracks from the album here: