Ralph Cumbers has been producing music as Bass Clef since 2006, with the project’s¬†beginnings being on the Blank Tapes label. Since then, he’s been jumping around from Punch Drunk, MAGIC + DREAMS, Idle Hands, Pan, Iberian Records and¬†what we see here, Public Information. Out of all the¬†covers he’s used for his EPs and albums, this is the most colorful yet with the others falling under a monotone or with his album May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way, a mostly primary¬†color scale. I would say this is symbolic, but it seems like Cumbers’ other material is also quite colorful, if you will. At the helm, you’ll find an analog framework which¬†Cumbers squeezes every last drop out of to deliver a product full of glitch and house influence; that fact’s especially evident on the intro track “Sometimes The Only Way Out Is To Go Further In.” Check out the¬†Bugbranded EP below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Bass Clef aka Some Truths touches down with modular magic on Public Info -
Ralph Cumbers has certainly made his mark as a versatile musician over the last decade or so.
Highly engaging live shows and an original take on dance music have seen him carve his unique niche with left-off centre releases ever since the ‚Äėdubstep days‚Äô that continue to impress.
Over the years the long-time Bristol resident has gone from doing one-man live shows with Syndrums, Theremins, Drum Machines and Trombones to unleashing his vast collection of African records as Bass Clef to harnessing the complicated but delightful powers of Modular Synthesis as ‚ÄėSome Truths‚Äô -
This record is a mark of his continuation of the love for analog synthesis, maintaing his love for rave music and danceable rhythms.
Now that we‚Äôve attempted to introduce, let‚Äôs hear what Public Information have to say:
‚ÄúThe clue is in the title. Tom ‚ÄúBugBrand‚ÄĚ Bugs, denizen of Bristol, electronic sound devices engineer, maker and creator. The four tracks here are dedicated to his craft and design: the thrill of the analogue-surprise, the crunch of the circuit, the twist of the patch cable, the white-hot burn of solder on board. BUT it takes a real master to make sense of these machines, Public Information are so happy to have one in our midst.
Long-time wielder of the modular-flame, Ralph Cumbers has a distinguished CV for the likes of Punch Drunk and his own Magic+Dreams imprint. Here, across four extended sequences does he shine, taking the crystalline drive and coarse groove of the acclaimed Reeling Skullways LP into hotwired groove zones.
‚ÄúSometimes the only way out is to go further in‚ÄĚ starts the trip. Take care dear listener; once you‚Äôre in track one, you may not want to escape from its grip, its cyclical riffs, its space dust licks, its buttered bass notes. Then, the sadness. The mournful minor key shuffle of ‚Äúelsewhen‚ÄĚ is sheer blue-note Blade Runner melancholy. Then, the euphoria. Instant gratification hits you on ‚Äúfaster than the speed of love‚ÄĚ a click-pump-click-pump kick surrounded by jagged sawtones, straight to the chest. Through swirling, speed-addled melodies does Clef then lead us- Detroit nights under Hackney sodium lights. Then, to a breath. Bugbranded arrives at an all too premature end with ‚Äúneon black and vulcane‚ÄĚ a glistening collage of white noise splash, acidic whispers and head-nod-chug.
This is techno how it was dreamed in Belleville, re-imagined by a genius with a synth or three. In Clef we trust, for all our magic and dreams.‚ÄĚ
‚Ä¶A serious piece of vinyl, highly recommended!
Limited edition of 500, served in debossed sleeve.
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