Boomkat Product Review:
KILLER EXCLUSIVE 8-TRACK ALBUM FROM BASS CLEF FEATURING 6 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS AND TWO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ZAMYATIN TAPES 12"s - EXCLUSIVE TO BOOMKAT! "Stand By To Dive" opens the set with a widescreen sweep of strings and space echo, Ralph Cumbers dusting his hands for the task at hand, an exquisite opening for this killer session. "Music will Fade yr Poisons" is up next, unfolding with a 2-step shuffle and gorgeously padded low-end, somewhere between Shackleton's "Blood on my Hands" and anonymously stripped down late 90's UKG - and its just immense. "The Ballad Of The Broken 606", meanwhile, employs a modified acrade-game steppa, with the esoteric sound palette once again leaving itself open to colours and flavours most producers on this scene wouldn't touch with a bargepole - and it's so much better for it. "Letter to Stalin" (referencing Russian dissident Zamyatin after whom this series is named) is another rumbling bass session invoking and mashing up the breaks template, before the mighty "Get On The A10 And Drive And Drive" takes over with it's demented snares and barely contained low-end rubs, fed through squashed filters and emerging at the other end with some sublime Detroit-y chords that turn the whole thing into a mighty 2-step anthem that'll just wreck the dance. Things come to a close on "Three Dots" - a sublime chiming tumble that acts as the perfect endpoint for Ralph Cumbers' most accomplished collection of material to date - and you're somehow left with the feeling that things are going to get much more interesting from this point on for this gifted producer. Killer material - ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!