Clear Titles (Steve Summers, TWINS, Primitive Sci-Fi, Mike Broers, Dar Embarks)
"Two cuts of driving Midwestern acid from young gun Grey People & techno veteran Oliver Dodd."
"Straight from the basement: CLEAR presents four cuts of mind-bending techno from Chicago's Mike Broers. SVHS Demonstration rips a hole through space-time while the intricate and tightly wound Stagma stitches it back together. On the flip 99_999 is both meditative and propulsive. Awash in dreamy synths Clavis closes out the release. Optimal for late night cruises down Lake Shore Drive."
"Imagine if you will, the Midwest in the 90s. A UFO lands discreetly on the roof of a warehouse in the middle of the night. As beats pulse through the walls, two extraterrestrials lounge on the hood of their saucer, vibrating to bass frequencies. As the sun rises, these explorers return home, and give their people the gift of techno. After a few decades of evolution, those alien jams might sound something like Chicago's Dar Embarks. Their latest record, the Cypher EP, channels the spirit of the rust belt's formidable musical lineage into four sci-fi stompers. "
"The prolific Jason Letkiewicz returns to his Steve Summers alias for a suite of post-apocalyptic jack tracks. Across labels like L.I.E.S., Future Times, Echovolt, Nation and Clone, Letkiewicz spent the last decade exploring dimensional rifts between techno, house, noise, ambient and more. After occupying nearly as many cities as monikers he’s landed in Chicago and on local outpost CLEAR.
Artificial Light launches the record with a barrage of razorsharp percussion, whirring electronics and spectral voices. A fitting score for a chase down the backstreets of some future megalopolis. The kicks on Red Melts Blue then slam through layers of carbonated synths and head first into ominous wind. After opening with a wall of howling noise The Lighter Sleeps plunges into a maelstrom, simultaneously urgent and uneasy. Sensing Space closes out the release like the soundtrack to an escape, a flight from anxiety to the unknown."
"Atlanta's TWINS returns with an album of club-ready synthwave for CLEAR. Nothing Left lives on the axis between Wax Trax and WBMX, generating mutant industrial pop for sweaty basement ragers. The record begins with drum machine workout Can't Go Back, cruises past the electrifying gloom of Treat Me Like A Freak and drives straight through to the finale, mechanized torch song That's What I Never Saw. Matt Weiner, the single entity behind TWINS, is also at the controls of CGI records, a dependable outpost for extraterrestrial club jams. TWINS may be the first out-of-towner on the imprint but Nothing Left truly echoes the vibe of the city's underground past and present."