Release Date: 20th March 2020
Unveiled near the close of the first decade of the new millennium, Clubroot entered the canon of the Dub-reflective-arts at a time when the genre had just begun its eventual shift from underground to overground music in terms of character, influence, and intention, which for a time signaled the curtain call on depth, musicality, and subtlety in the genre.
Nevertheless, Clubroot made its mark. A trilogy of purpose-built, pulse driving (yet deep listening) full-lengths and a handful of ep's followed, and in their wake came affectionate recognition, from pitchfork with a “best new music” rating and review, to a series of exclusive mixes on Mary Anne Hobbs' bbc1 radio program. In the succession of as many years, the three Trilogy albums marked the time period, and continue to be fan favourites to this day, outperforming many of the largest names in dubstep by many analytic metrics.
With the trilogy at a close, Clubroot set his sights on other areas of illumination, from photography to travel, with the occasional exclusive DJ gig in places such as Scotland, Poland, and Russia. New compositions would be a regular feature of these rare appearances, and for Clubroot's more fervent fans these events became a once in a lifetime experience.
As such, and near the close of the second decade, influences, inspiration, and cause have all once again converged, and from that will follow the Surface Tension series of ep's. Seasoned listeners will notice the signature sound of an artist they know and love, but with a pace that is somehow more immediate in its delivery and percussive elements, yet more based in the founding roots of classic UK garage. New listeners will find a perfectly form-filled sound which seems to inform all eras of the hardcore continuum, from its 90's roots to the future, all expressed with a signature which cannot be directly compared outside of perhaps the use of extensive multi-genre analogs.
a1. Clubroot - Conqueror
a2. Clubroot - Control
b1. Clubroot - Subterranean