TOTD // 23/06 // Timothy 'Heretic' Clerkin

Published: June 23, 2017, words by Charlie Barton

Part of the Farr Festival 2017 takeover


Selecting tracks for us this week is the talented London-based producer Timothy ‘Heretic’ Clerkin.

Heretic’s newest 12” ‘Serenade’, features three otherworldly acid-housey, Orbital-y cuts, plus an obligatory high octane face-melter with Marlon Hoffstadt on remixing duties. The record ranges from the ethereal to the apocalyptic. Serenade has been getting heavy rotation from Justin Robertson and Andrew Weatherall, with Weatherall closing his set at Panorama Bar with the track ‘Execute’ – reportedly causing structural damage to the roof. Ransom Note Records will be putting out the EP on June 23rd, off the back of Smagghe and Cross’s Talking to Katz EP.

Clerkin has released on plenty of labels before this, both as a solo artist and as one half of Eskimo Twins. Such labels include Days of Being Wild, NEIN, My Favourite Robot and RelishSince Clerkin’s first outing as ‘Heretic’ in 2014 on Days of Being Wild, his sound has changed, but the themes remain the same. Edgy and sophisticated, Heretic’s music treads the line between acid, electro, techno, and house. Psychedelic and punky elements usually lurk behind the scenes – often in the form of weird samples and vocals.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Farr Festival this summer, be sure to catch Heretic playing on the Ransom Note stage. Alongside Heretic you can find (in no particular order) Sadar Bahar, Jayda G, Brian Not Brian, Young Marco, Moscoman, Ivan Smagghe, and Tama Sumo. If you’re unlucky enough not to be heading to Farr Festival, you can still purchase your ticket by following through to our takeover page. If you definitely can’t come, just keep your ear to the ground too for a load of remixes from the Heretic himself.

There is little else known about the mysterious Heretic. The few bits and pieces we know about him point to his love of tweed, facial hair, and soup as formative influences on his sound and style. What flavour soup? We don’t yet know.

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Reload

Le Soleil et la Mer

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is an old favourite I’ve been playing a lot recently. Tom & Mark are probably better know as Global Communication – they’ve got a huge wealth of amazing music behind them. This is a great early doors in the sun track. It’s a bit of a ball ache to mix as it’s in 3/4, but totally worth the occasional car crash!”
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Jacktome

The Reason (Soft Vision)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve been a big fan of the boy Jackwasfaster for a little while, and the label Rotten City Records too, in fact. When this terrific little collaboration appeared in my inbox I was blown away. I fully recommend going & listening to the full EP, wonderfully self-effacingly entitled Good Jokes, Bad Producers.”
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Hodge & Peder Mannerfelt

All My Love

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Another track with a breakbeat in it (I’m not a breaks DJ, I swear…) but at the other end of the spectrum completely. I’ve been hammering this one out a lot, & that’s pretty much all you can do with it! It’s an absolute monster, perfect end of evening mentalness.”
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Mihail P

Semblance (Gnork Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Another summertime smasher – wonky bass lines and ethereal pads ahoy! Also a subtle nod to LFO I reckon, which can never be a bad thing. Love it, going to be playing it for a long time to come.”

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