A couple of strong twelves from PAN and Other Ideas just in - a new EP from Bass Clef, and an album of Industrial-strength techno variants from Beppu.
Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid, his 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. 'Raven Yr Own Worl' 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. This one's a limited edition pressing on 140g white vinyl housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve.
Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, meanwhile, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern) Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. The seven tracks on 'Coercion' broadly fall into two categories across two sides. The first three are low sunk and furtive exercises in atmospheric tension sharing much in common with the likes of Gnod, Dwellings & Druss, Alberich or the recent Delroy Edwards album, while the flipside locks down to a brutal technoid churn - making for another intriguing release from this bijou imprint. This one comes pressed to purple vinyl housed in wraparound artwork with poly sleeve, edition of 300 copies.
Both releases come with free instant downloads on purchase.