I’ve known Keith Pleasant (a.k.a. ClunK) on and off for a good few years. He was the original drummer in the band Y.Key Operator’s (that have featured on this blog a few times) His brother was the bassist for them and regular at gigs (remember them!) I used to attend. Both amazing lads but little did I know that Keith had a side project……ClunK
Yup, he was into his electronics ( a massive fan of the Aphex Twin) and had been producing his own varied brand of electronica for 10 years. As you can tell on his output he’s been to a few Clubs in his time! Primarily techno in style and always with an unsettling edge.
Like a lot of the musicans I know he has been very creative over the last twelve months and has produced plenty of quality tracks. At the moment it is nearly one a week!
Through Facebook I asked if I could feature his stuff and given him a bit of exposure on here.
His output involves complex instrumental, there’s plenty going over on his Soundcloud page so I thought I’d pick my Top 5 and do a little review.
His roots obviously lie in the 90’s Rave scene, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and definitely Orbital. He’s played around in all the different genres of Electronic dance, likes a full and deep analogue sound and keeps the listener involved with lots of variation in his tracks.
An early track to start with. “Plob” is a simple but ageless. Retro bass hinges it altogether.
Another early track. “Wishlist” is progressive Chillwave, as usual plenty going on.
From last year we get some samples and analogue sounds on “Faceache”, reminds me a lot like Severed Heads with a slight Industrial edge.
A personal favourite of the composer is “Bortow”, a driving bit of Techno with some haunting pads and some well placed samples, lots of variety to keep you interested.
Never sticking with a genre ClunK dips his toe into most aspects of electronica and my final favourite is this ambient piece. Plenty of effective samples as he explores Sci-Fi , a theme he likes returning to.
As it says on the sleeve, taken from the forthcoming album: “A Snog On The Rocks” Head were a part of the Industrial / Novelty Rock acts that were around at the time (Zodiac, World Domination, Age Of Chance, Transvision Vamp et al)
From 1987 and adding a bit of technology to the traditional Rock sounds. Like the mad cousin of Billy Idol. A bit of glam stomp mixed by Rico Conning. This was their debut release and great fun on the quirky “Cake” mix.
“Killing Time” is all rock riffs and drum machines. Radical for it’s time.
Another forgotten late 80’s classic from Wire. From ’88 and produced by Gareth Jones and mixed by Daniel Miller. The line-up was Bruce Gilbert (Vocals and Guitar), Colin Newman (Vocals and Guitar), Graham Lewis (Bass) and Robert Gotobed. (Robert Grey – Drums)
A mix of guitar and tech, the track was from the LP “A Bell Is A Cup… Until It Is Struck” and quite a commercial track for the experimental band.
“Pieta” is a very short, track. Tribal with chanted vocals. “Pilgrim’s Progress no journey’s end”
The live tracks were recorded at the Town and Country Club, London, December 1st 1987 with the Manor Mobile.
“Over Theirs” was from the ’87 LP “The Ideal Copy”
“Drill” seems a bit of a live favourite, quick with lots of improvised feedback and duel vocals. “Drill, drill, drill”
Not much R.E.M. on here.. (never really been a fan) From 1988 and an interesting 12″ as it contains a Club mix and a live Medley from a Radio Broadcast (Utrecht, Holland 14.9.87) that includes a very short excerpt of Gabriel’s “Red Rain.”
More of a Grunge sound this was from the album ‘Document’ – the fifth studio, released on August 31, 1987 and uses new producer Scott Litt. He also adds a bit of brass from the Fairlight of Carl Marsh. All evident on the first mix which has some quite heavy riffs.
The Live tracks are quite acoustic and stripped back. The standout is “So, Central Rain” originally from back in ’84, acoustic heaven with those impassioned Stipe vocals.
Back with an album, “Book Of Days” the Furs found themselves in a very different musical environment in 1989.
Produced with New Wave Master David M. Allen. These tracks were remixed from the album by band member John Ashton and Lawrence Diana It’s a very strong track, a definite earworm. Here in 4 very similar versions. But it did nothing and past a lot of people (me included) by.
The most radical mix is the heavier “Flashback Mix”, quite an Industrial-lite backing.
A wall of guitar and synths, the band must have been scratching their heads.
The monthly re-up list and I get to type New Link 2021 ! I was going to post this tomorrow but I’ve let the original requesters know yesterday, so I’ll share these refreshed links with the rest of you dirty animals.
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BOYS DON’T CRY – DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS (12″) For Matt (Happy New Year!)