Bridges was my second album, originally released in late 2009, it's title lifted from an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 (as sampled by my friend friend of mine Duncan S. in an album we made together in 1998).
The phrase stuck in my head for another 11 years before settling as the prophetic name for this record that severed my ties with dubstep and stretched, overstretched even, towards something else.
Unique in my catalogue as the only record I have made in a real recording studio, with time and budget to overdub live percussion, synths brass and full kit. I'd always wanted to layer those over hard electronic backing tracks and so I really went to town.
I can't fault myself for ambition and effort at least, I really poured everything into the making of this one, though some experiments work better than others, with the benefit of 10 years hindsight (hindhearing?)
The album received good reviews in DJ Mag, Kruger, Quietus, Time Out, BBC Online, Stool Pigeon, Clash, Uncut, The Skinny, The Financial Times, and Future Music. It was IDJ’s “Album Of The Month” and Mojo magazine’s “Underground Album Of The Month”.
The track “Heartbreak Soca Cascade” has ended up being probably the widest known and most youtube-d Bass Clef cut of all time, after it soundtracked a carnival scene in an epsiode of cult TV show ‘Skins’.
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released September 20, 2019
Basic tracks recorded on glorious four-track cassette 2007-2008 at the Echo Chamber in Hackney Central, except You Do My Head In recorded 2003 at The Palace Of Suspicious Mysteries, Bristol.
Overdubs recorded December 2007, July 2008 and January 2009 at Snorkel Studios, Bermondsey.
Produced and mixed with Frank Byng.
Frank played drums on Lionhearted, Broken Love and Halliwick, he played shekere and cuica on You Do My Head In, djembe on Mare Street, and panlogo on Promises.
Brass played by The Hackney Memorial Free Jazz Marching Band.
MAGIC + DREAMS
began in 2011, for releases by Bass Clef, Some truths, Ekoclef, Coseph Jonrad and Pipe Dreams.
Original physical formats have now sold out but digital lives on... In 2017 I have rephoenixed the label to archive some Bass Clef releases originally on other labels....more