An intense, heady listen
Bass Clef - Reeling Skullways

Riding the wave of UK bass mutation ever since raved-to-death house workout ‘Rollercoasters Of The heart’ last year, Ralph Cumbers is back on Peverelist’s Punch Drunk imprint, this time with an LP. If said opus wasn’t warning enough, ‘Reeling Skullways’ offers more to Detroit techno and Chi-town heads than his purist dubstep followers, but what it lacks in grit, it makes up with fluidity. ‘Hackney - Chicago - Jupiter’ wears its epistemology on its sleeve with its pitch-bent hook and meaty 4/4; ‘Embrace Disaster’ exhibits enough melodic nous to make Omar S envious, while ‘Electricity Comes From Other Planets’ could be Monolake save for the sub-bass seething underneath. An intense, heady listen nudging the continuum that little bit further.


Words by Adam Saville

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