Boomkat Product Review:
Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luke Vibert and Graham Massey after a night on Cornish acid. A-side fires up the glyding square bass and swaggered 2-step of 'Self-Perpetuating Fun Loop' beside the dusty dub rave bleeps of 'Fluorescent City Shining City', whilst flipside deals in soggy, baggy 'Uphoric Nihilism', and 'Adventures Unventured, Tenderness Untendered' tips out with a blue bleep techno missive. RIYL Rephlex, vintage AI, BBC Radiophonic Workshop.