Luxury upgrade in velvet…
Unofficially, Bristol and East London are twinned musical towns, the sound of both being heavy, sparse, dubbed-out plates of bass and drum, from the just-cut whites of dubstep back through d’n’b and jungle, all the way to the original JA sources. Ralph Cumbers - Bass Clef - is the human manifestation of this secret geographical synching, having lived, worked, recorded and performed in both places. Recording analogue basslines and whipsmart drum programming onto four-track tape, Bass Clef is the sound of structure created, Black Ark-style, on the fly in the mixdown through guitar pedals and FX units. Tricky like AFX but as warm and disarming as a bear hug off the Pastels.