The Revenge – Love That Will Not Die
The Revenge, aka Graeme Clark, is another one of those electronic artist who has been around for ages, releasing increasingly essential one off cuts with no sign of a long player forthcoming.
The likes of Todd Terje, Tensnake, Mugwump and Maxime Dangles have all gone down this route, and The Revenge has followed suit. Originally tagged in with the 'nu disco / re edit scene, his music has gradually mutated into its own sound and entity, which in turn results in this debut being an assured collection of tracks, house, disco, a tinge of 90’s trance, techno, whatever, it’s all put into the blender and out comes an effervescent shake.
The overall feel of the album is pretty low key, the likes of ‘Crush’ and ‘The Seed’ are atmospheric mid tempo house tracks, ‘Just One Touch’ is a snappier affair which visits the feel of early 90s Belgium techno, it's a real jacker of a track which shows an assured artist playing on his strengths.
For those with a preference for his earlier material, ‘Another Light’ is sultry disco with additional synth stabs cribbed from Lil Louis' ‘French Kiss’, the afro beat of ‘Another Night’ is a mystical piece of house tribalism whilst ‘Tender Is The Night’ is a luscious piece of atmospheric Italo, all killer cuts.
One of his biggest pieces of music so far is his superlative remix of Sister Sledges classic ‘Lost in Music’, his classic remix caught their attention which resulted in the colab here, their vocals also appear on the track ‘Stay A While’, but not just a bunch of vocal snippets for The Revenge, it’s the REAL SISTER SLEDGE!! Safe to say that it's a gorgeous piece of pop music that can't fail to enrich the lives of those who take time out to listen.
Procrastination, lack of confidence, not enough decent tracks, or a lack of variety of musical styles over 10 or so tracks, there's loads of reasons why dance artists take so long to tackle the long player. Whatever took The Revenge so long worked, on Love That Will Not Die, he gets everything absolutely right, here’s to the sophomore in 2025.
Love That Will Not Die is out now.