Boomkat Product Review:
Bass Clef fully indulges his jazzy electronics whims in three extended cuts of kosmische synthlines and squirrel-chase polymetric rhythm
“OPEN HAND REAL FLAMES is a new digital label from Bass Clef. Born from his monthly show on NTS, it aims to release music that is multi-bpm, anti-genre and full of heart.
(minimum wage) (zero hours) (infinite forest) is an hour-long 3-track e.p. to kick things off at the label and for Bass Clef in 2018. It allows layers and loops in different time signatures to swirl, overlap and interlock around a central and almost kosmiche-krautrock house beat, of kick and tambourine, and a classic Bass Clef warm subby bassline. The three tracks zone in and out on separate elements, a small rainforest of sounds to explore and inhabit.
Bass Clef has a long and varied career, beginning in 2003 with releases for XL-offshoot label Rex records, tangling in the fringes of dubstep in the mid-200s via Actress' Werk imprint and remixing for Shackleton and Appleblim's Skull Disco label. In the 2010s he has released acclaimed LPs and singles for (deep breath!): PAN, Punch Drunk, Trilogy Tapes, Alter Stock, Public Information, We Can Elude Control, and Mordant Music to name a few. As well as a celebrated and BBC-Radio-3-broadcast live collaboration with CHarles Hayward of This Heat & laura Cannell & Oscilanz, touring with Arthur Russell collaborators as the Peter Zummo 6tet.”