Some are "musicians' musicians", some are "fans' musicians", Chris Clark seems to be both. The musoes love his deft production, his mixing of found sound, breakbeats, deconstructed samples, Sati-esque melody versus raging rhythm. The fans love his human jukebox approach: all the electronic sounds we've ever loved instantaneously melded into one album, one live set. He's clearly a big fan himself, spending his adolescence listening to his sister's Warp-when-they-were-in-Sheffield tapes, along with Squarepusher and Pavement and his best mate's Rawkus collection. Courted by industry types as a teen, he reports relishing their dismay as he composed exactly as they didn't want.
Now he's produced a sound that's both an amalgam of all the best bits of vintage Warp and yet totally his own. Two albums in and he's broken away from the Aphex comparisons to receive plaudits for the crafting of his own style. And his reputation as a live performer has come to the boil at just the right time for his appearance at version.