Opener "Black Hole" is The Clover at their most tripped-out—it seems to slide diagonally through the stereo spectrum. "The Gash," a grimey cluster of tinpot percussion and slithering, snarling bass, is similarly lo-fi, as is "Break 4 Luck," a collaboration with San Proper whose beats stutter and break apart. This is house music post-American Noise: stripped-back, raw and deliciously strange.
Though Processes starts out in a primeval swamp, something rather more polished rapidly emerges. There is a winning internal logic to how, by the time you reach "Phoenix," the jazz, disco and funk influences of the earlier tracks have coalesced into something sleeker. "Glimmer Of Light," a twinkling flurry of piano, liquid guitar and funky, elasticated bass, could be a clever re-edit of an old Sade track. After that, the tempo increases again and Clover get gloriously freaky. "Dorf" and "Rolling Down The Hill" trade in a slippery, cosmic funk that is equal parts Parliament, Krautrock, minimal techno and acid house. It all whets your appetite to see The Clover live, and is in its own right an unusually confident album. Unpacking it is a pleasure.
Tue / 21 Jan 2014
01. Black Hole
02. The Gash
03. Jungle Man
04. Break 4 Luck feat. San Proper
06. Celestial Fog
07. Glimmer Of Light
09. Rolling Down The Hill
10. Orange Dreams
11. Kites (Digital Exclusive)
12. A Slide On Your Skin (Digital Exclusive)
13. The Cage (Digital Exclusive)