Bass Clef releases debut album

‘A Smile Is A Curve That Straightens Most Things Out’
– out 4 December 2006 on Blank Tapes


live dates (see below)

Blank Tapes are proud to announce the debut album and EP releases by Bass Clef, aka RLF, aka Ralph Cumbers. Hailing, unsurprisingly, from Hackney, the Bass Clef sound is an ingenious hybrid of contemporary and retro dub-styles seen through the eyes of an IDM connoisseur. The resulting fusion being neither one nor the other, instead a fresh, mesmorizing cacophony of foot-tapping grooves.

Beginning his musical career as RLF, Ralph had a handful of releases on Bristol labels Hombre and Sink & Stove, before a couple of 10″s on the now defunct XL subsidery, Rex. As well as supporting the likes of The Bug, Andrea Parker, mum, Luke Vibert and Andy Votel.

Spending the best part of the last 12 months holed-up in his tiny studio in Hackney, Ralph has been slaving away over his stripped-down set-up to bring an album of rich and varied pleasures that reflect the late night movement and daylight decay of a 21st century city.

This three track EP is the first of a series of releases for Blank Tapes by Bass Clef, with the second, the debut album, following closely in late 2006 and more to follow in 2007.

A marked departure from the first Blank Tapes release, these tracks are a succinct summation of the ethos under which the label operates.

Utilising just an old cassette four-track, a drum machine, a sampler, a vintage synth and valve compressor, Ralph has managed to conceive an album of striking originality.

Opting out of the race for the latest sequencer/processor/box which drives much IDM, Ralph is somewhat of a connoisseur of vintage analogue equipment. Preferring to bang out his beats on an old drum machine held together with blue tac, and tweak and polish with analogue fx and compressors rather than convert to a generic laptop, gives his work a wholly unique character, charm
and depth

Influences¦none really. But Bass Clef shares the analogue vision and the viral dubspaces of auteurs such as Mad Professor, the DIY intimacy of Third Eye Foundation, the brain-teasing beat-programming of AFX, all with live interventions on trombone and theremin and the steady heartbeat of a dubstep footprint.

Catch the Bass Clef live show including theremin, trombone and a lot of chat from the stage:

17th Cardiff Buffalo Bar, windsor place, Cardiff
26th Brighton Prince Albert

3rd Dublin International Bar

21st London Old Blue Last


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