Impressionistic dub-house devotee Hubert Clarke Jr. fluctuates through deviations of Sydney afterhours circuit specialties on his debut, Al Dente. Alternately wired and unwound, classic and contempo, vibed and lean, the EP threads soft-focus funk into long-form live voyages, naturalist emotion, dance as relaxed delirium. The vocal samples (“I’m not into this to be traveling around the world / I’m not into this to impress anybody”) evoke a mood of reflective idealism, spirits undiminished, hope in spite of it all. Dusted with memories and reveries of Heavenly, Picnic, and Mad Racket parties, hallucinated Omar-S demos, newer Sex Tags sides, and various nations under a groove, HJC’s 4 originals (plus a remix by Adelaide vibe squad MBM) feel like a beginning, a submerged energy swelling to the surface.
released February 12, 2016
Mastered by Eric Hanson.
Sleeves designed by Peta Farago.
Center label artwork by John-Henry Pajak and Geordie Cargill.