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EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 16 years old, Liam McLean (a.k.a. Joker) began his rise in the U.K. electronic/club scene, incorporating Bristol’s musical heritage into his own futuristic sounds. Four years and many singles later, Joker’s debut album, The Vision, premiered at the esteemed Glastonbury Festival. Now it’s commercially released, showing an artist with a firm hold on innovative (yet comforting) electronic-based atmospheres. A highly regarded mixing engineer who’s worked with Sean Paul, Basement Jaxx, and fellow Bristolian Roni Size, Joker plays textures with an eclectic ear. A number of vocal guests make their presence known (including Silas, Jessie Ware, and Jay Wilcox), but at heart The Vision is a penetrating instrumental record. Joker’s dubstep roots (something he’s at pains to distance himself from) are still in evidence with the moody instrumentals “Tron” and “My Trance Girl,” but they’re much more than that, as the frightening flurry of synths and aggressive grooves make clear.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At just 16 years old, Liam McLean (a.k.a. Joker) began his rise in the U.K. electronic/club scene, incorporating Bristol’s musical heritage into his own futuristic sounds. Four years and many singles later, Joker’s debut album, The Vision, premiered at the esteemed Glastonbury Festival. Now it’s commercially released, showing an artist with a firm hold on innovative (yet comforting) electronic-based atmospheres. A highly regarded mixing engineer who’s worked with Sean Paul, Basement Jaxx, and fellow Bristolian Roni Size, Joker plays textures with an eclectic ear. A number of vocal guests make their presence known (including Silas, Jessie Ware, and Jay Wilcox), but at heart The Vision is a penetrating instrumental record. Joker’s dubstep roots (something he’s at pains to distance himself from) are still in evidence with the moody instrumentals “Tron” and “My Trance Girl,” but they’re much more than that, as the frightening flurry of synths and aggressive grooves make clear.

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About Joker

Liam McLean, a producer from Bristol, England, debuted as Joker in 2007 and released over a dozen 12” singles and EPs through early 2011. Tracks like “Snake Eater” (Soul Motive, 2008), “Holly Brook Park” (Kapsize, 2008), “Digidesign” (Hyperdub, 2009), the Ginz collaboration “Purple City” (Kapsize, 2009), and “Psychedelic Runway” (Kapsize, 2009) built and sustained McLean’s reputation for creating some of grime/dubstep’s most colorful and powerful productions. Later in 2011, after signing to the 4AD label, Joker released his first album, The Vision, which featured several tracks with vocalists, including Jessie Ware, Silas Bjerregaard of Turboweekend, and several MCs. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Bristol, England

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