The Trouble With Clive introduced us to the mysterious Clive From Accounts, a mild-mannered office worker by day and plate spinner and beatmaker in his secret life. That EP on Outplay was one of my favorite releases of 2020, albeit somewhat cursed as it dropped when the curtain was yanked down on 2020 in April. As a result it’s probably a record more heard than played, at least when it comes to DJs playing it.
That should not be the case with Cooking The Books, his new EP from Dirt Crew. Clive makes deep house with a heavy emphasis on analog synths and maybe more than a little familiarity with the high gravity sound of electronic progenitors like Tangerine Dream. Cooking The Books starts and ends with the brilliantly bright deep house of “Toucan.” The word “off-kilter” appears a lot in reviews of people who have the audacity to try to establish their own sound. There’s no deliberate eccentricity here, though: I don’t think Clive could make the kind of factory-line Beatport chum turned out in such great numbers these days if he tried. Canadian producer and Dirt Crew vet Dan Only supplies a spiky, ragged 2step remix that is choice as well. Two other tracks, “Gravitate” and the flaring “Altar” round out a really exceptional EP.
Clive From Accounts: Cooking The Books (Dirt Crew Records / May 2021 / Digital)
1. Clive From Accounts: Toucan (04:50)
2. Clive From Accounts: Gravitate (04:47)
3. Clive From Accounts: Altar (05:09)
4. Clive From Accounts: Toucan (Dan Only Remix) (05:36)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo on behalf of the label.