The weekend has landed and all that matters now is clubs, drugs, pubs and parties. You've got 48 hours off the 9-5, it's time to unbutton your hustle and breathe vigor back into life. Whether it be through losing your soul on the dance floor or grooving to it, we have your soundtrack covered. The EARMILK Weekend Selector, an exclusive guest mix series where we invite the latest budding talent from behind the booth to usher you through all the boozie and jam. From your morning bedside to tonight's evening formal, your weekend selector is here to fill a void of good taste and allow fresh connections to flow vicariously.
(WKND17) EARMILK Presents: Weekend Selector – Clouds
The first thing that took me aback when chatting with Clouds is their age. Despite the peak hour sensibilities of their production, their music has an air of maturity that you wouldn't expect from a pair of 21 year olds. The catalogue they've amassed in a couple short years would be impressive for someone ten years their senior. Releases for Blood Music and Turbo, including their most recent EP Optic which has been garnering a mass of praise in circles that usually reserve their one sheet blurbs for labels like Visionquest or Stroboscopic and remixes for Underworld, ZZT, Moby and The Subs.
While the mix never hits the chaotic levels Clouds gets up to on some of their own works like "Numbers" or their "Zzafrika" remix, their style is well represented through a selection of songs with a schizophrenic disregard to traditional chord and song structure. Although I never got into a discussion about Clouds musical background there's a sense of much needed unpredictability that can come with young producers who aren't preprogrammed to work inside a box.
This weekend's mix has its share of Resident Advisor darlings like Instra:Mental (both as a duo as well as Boddika and Jon Convex solo works) Objekt and Pantha Du Prince on it, the familiar balances well with a few choice selections which sent me straight to Beatport to track down, in particular Autechre's "Pce Freeze 2.8i". Feel free to hit play and let your Macbook speakers go ham while you read up on our 1 on 1 time with Calum and Liam.