Mark de Clive-Lowe, aka MdCL, is a classically trained pianist, but that doesn’t begin to explain the diversions his new jazzbo platter, Church, takes off into. Maybe it’s his transcontinental genetics that have unearthed such a mix—half-Japanese, half-New Zealander, living in L.A., constantly on the move. Or maybe it’s his grounding in the late ’90s Broken Beat scene in London where de Clive-Lowe fashioned a rep as a killer DJ.
He traveled between L.A. and NYC to record Church, an instrumental-mostly story of one long night traversing the streets of the big city, with a band slicing together demi-improved bits of synths, drum machines, horns, a Fender Rhodes, samplers, some dubstep, ghosts of a scratchy Blaxploitation score, and other whatzits you and I couldn’t begin to know how to twaddle. There are a few guest vocalist cameos (Nia Andrews, John Robinson, theeKIDICARUS) and a cool, analog effect throughout, all making for a nouveau-beatnik midnight trek that rolls out like a soundtrack for a future flick from one of Tarantino’s illegitimate offspring.
We’ve got the track premiere for The Processional, featuring Low Leaf on harp, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola and Josiel Perez Hernandez on trumpet. It’s just a taste of the simmering sounds Church dishes up on May 27 via Ropeadope. Check out the tune below.