Big Chill 2010: Bass Clef

On the Clash stage
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While the weather was deciding to drench or burn us, Ralph Cumbers AKA UK electronica artist DJ Base Clef’s murderous basslines ensured it was the latter.

Dropping glitch lo-fi electronica tracks with the heavy dub Mad Professor style reverberation smothered with dub step basslines so immense they’ll make you sick, but in a good way.
Whilst flicking switches and general boys toys he unleashes a huge trombone and starts strutting round the stage blowing for dear life and then back to the hub to sample it into a huge dancehall stomp acting like a kid in a sweet shop.

As well as sampling random horn instruments he’ll grab a cowbell, toot into a whistle and sample them live so they sound like a lone bird or a swarm of angry wasps whilst the the jittery grime-like beats ensure your feet stay on the dance floor.

Underpinning of all this are subtle and emotive techno sounds all culminating in a sophisticated interpretation of all the current sounds ruling the dance floor, top notch.

Words by Chris Todd

Discover more Clash at The Big Chill 2010 coverage

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