C.L.A.W.S. is the solo project of Brian D. Hock, who is also the drummer from San Francico synth psych band “Bronze” and one half of the afterhour techno project “War Vs. Sleep” (Bar 25, Rekids).
C.L.A.W.S. was born in Berlin after Hock split with his band “the Vanishing” and began djing in the cities legendary techno and house circuit. After moving back to San Francisco in 2006, C.L.A.W.S. released the breakthrough “C.L.A.W.S. theme” EP, the third release on Kid606’s Tigerbass label, which had remixes from Curses! (Drop the lime, Institubes) and Passions (Kitsune,Mathhead) as well as being licensed to The Bang Gang Deejays ‘D is for Disco, E is for Dancing’ mix album on Australia’s Modular records.
After the following “mmm…Sandwiches!” EP and remixes for Health, Tussle, The Emergency, Lemonade, and Jessie Evans, C.L.A.W.S became more influenced by his frequent trips to Berlin and starting putting his own twist on the spacey minimal techno sound which comes to the forefront on these tracks.
On the horizon is several new EP’s, a new live set, and C.L.A.W.S is still producing some of the best undergound dance parties in San Francisco such as “Gentlemans Techno” and “O.K. Hole.”
Track by track rundown:
1. You, (I’m tired of) ah ah: hypnotic galloping techhouse with plenty of spacey synth work and some guest box stabs by JOE.
2. You, (I’m tired of) ah ah (beaner’s you (ah-ah)sked for it) remix: jesus, that’s a lot of parenthesis! a remix of track one by bar 25 resident dj BEANER, who is also one half of “War Vs. Sleep” with C.L.A.W.S. keeping the bassline intact, Beaner strips this one down into a steady dancefloor jam with lots of filtered vocal snippets and dark atmospheric layers.
3. Gravity and you: this track is initially commanded by dueling korg mono/poly lines until a cloud of space-echo’d arpeggio takes over to be followed by a pulverizing 808 dub bass line that carries the song through.
4. Radiance: Totally epic nintendo lazer house courtesy of a moog opus-3. Don’t be afraid of some chords and melody kitties!
Grab a couple of tracks below: