The only name here that may be recognizable to RA readers is Nicolas Jaar, a Wolf + Lamb associate who still can't buy a drink in the States legally. His contribution to the platter is a track that somehow mixes Can's cosmic feel, a sampled Hindi singer and Blind Willie Johnson's lyrics to "John the Revelator." Is it Johnson himself? Maybe. It doesn't matter much, though, as Jaar transposes the intensity into a sharply focused organ and snare-led groove. Forget about minimal, deep house or dub techno. This is something altogether different.
So is Soul Keita's "Jude Nelson Is a Bassist," which is the most straightforward thing on offer, riding elegant keys and a bassline that creeps out from under them. It stops and it starts often, but it somehow maintains its sense of inertia throughout, pulling everything together for a Japanese koto that tops things off. The koto's delicate tones aren't found in Nikita Quasim's "L'amour L'après Midi" but everything else delicate is: Blurry piano, indistinct vocals, lots of field recording atmosphere: It kicks things off on this EP brilliantly, letting you know once you enter into the world of Clown and Sunset, you better be prepared to leave your preconceptions behind.