Following a meteoric rise that has seen them attain Top 10 Beatport sales and a fanbase ranging from superstar DJs to genuine immortals like Martin Gore, Scottish prodigies Clouds return with their boldest statement yet, placing them firmly at the forefront of the new wave of UK techno.
Fully battle-tested after a tour of duty as Tiga’s top-secret DJ weapon, “Consciousness” fuses the energy and vitality of Clouds’ early stadium-friendly output with the ideas, craft and skill of high-minded techno veterans. The track gets remixed by two of today’s freshest UK underground dance minds. Hot off a release on Blawan and Pariah’s Works the Long Nights imprint, Ireland’s Sunil Sharpe hooks the original up to an acid IV before pounding your face into every square inch of the warehouse floor. Meanwhile, London’s Randomer – responsible for some of our favorite records of the past year on Numbers and Hemlock – pushes the proceedings into uncharted peak-time blackout territory.
The release is rounded out by another original from the astonishingly young production duo. “Sonic Swamp” plumbs the depths of sparse, clanging percussion and emerging with an after-hours monster.
Clouds have arrived, even as they continue to evolve. At this point, nothing they go on to do would surprise us.