After a massive 2016 of releases from Fancy Inc, Davina Moss, Novodisc, Secondcity, Charles Ramirez and more, Clarisse send out a three-pronged attack of house and techno. Following the compilation of Clarisse volume one from the middle of last year, volume two keeps it compact, but is no less influential in keeping dancefloors energised and getting tastemakers talking.
Starting with a classic one-two of rock hard beats and an alluring vocal from another galaxy is the cast-iron techno template of Danny Serrano's 'Bassel'. The Madridista has got things cooking on Clarisse several times down the years, including 'Coconuts' and 'The Bassement'/'Truesoul' EP alongside Clarisse captain Mendo, and here is all about cogs and pistons in unison, gritted teeth, and a regime of activity getting into the club's every nook and cranny.
Altogether more relaxed and ready to be spun in the sun are the funky beats of David Herrero's 'Game Over'; if this is the end, then the finish line can't come quick enough. The Spaniard, a visitor to groove giants Defected and Nervous, has the goods to keep you moving, and though there's a synth invading the backing baritone and attempting to take hold of you like a tractor beam, it's not long before the party line and grabbing of your next cocktail resumes.
'Game Over' becomes the tasty meat in a stacked sandwich. It's back to the grind with the Zurich (via Vietnam and Germany) pair of Me and Her, for a rigid piece of techno programmed to smash barriers like they're breadsticks. Wails and echoes fly past, twisted vocal interludes pass by and an organ alarm runs parallel.but it's all about the march on this one. For a track strictly about the left right left right left right, it couldn't be called anything else except 'Nocturnal': play this, or any of the tracks in the wrong conditions, and you're done for.