Warren Clarke - 4 AM Wake Up


This track originally cropped up at the start of summer via an IOM video from the woods at Junction 2. It was there that Sonja Moonear and Nicolas Lutz played out their now legendary 3-hour B2B set. The clip shows some pretty hectic scenes, and towards the end of the video the crowd reaction to the track developing just about sums up the excitement around this one. According to an attendee, the set was “3 hours of wall to wall weapons”, and if this clip is anything to go by, then you’re in for a treat with this track.

‘4 AM Wake Up’ is the B1 to Warren Clarkes Debut EP on Pier 32 Records, the first and last release for the UK based label back in 1996. Having released other (less effective) tracks on similar UK Garage labels prior to this, it seems Warren found his element with this 6-minute dance-floor destroyer.

The combination of a low slung kick and ‘crack of the whip’ snare drives consistent swing onto the downbeat, whilst that ever popular 4x4 percussion and hi hat interplay carries the momentum of this killer beat through to some next level, heads down madness.

Moody organ patterns, squeaky synth lines, and a ruff n ready bassline interplay almost effortlessly throughout the track. However, its the repetitive use of a unique organ phrase looping over and over, that holds the hypnotic nature of this gem at the forefront of the listeners mind. You can’t help but let this one pull you deeper. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, it breaks, and in enters a brief (but welcome) rest from all that pent up energy. Don’t rest for long though, because just as it did in that insightful little video, this one comes round with a vengeance.

All in all, this track is a must have for them early morning sets that require a certain ‘pick me up’, but only if your happy to pay £7+ for a WAV copy via the Plastik People Bandcamp page. Up to you, but that sounds like a much better deal than the current inflated price tag to be fair. Either way don’t sleep now its out in all its glory.

Review: Connor England

Connor England