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- Slit by James Ruskin
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Up on the A-side is ‘Slit’ - a straight up dancefloor banger with a very “classic” late 90’s Blueprint sound to begin with but just when you think Ruskin has become regressive and nostalgic or dug out an old DAT things filter and simmer down and as the drums gradually erode there’s a big icy breakdown taking things way deeper. So kinda a mix of his older and current styles.
‘Wisdom Of Youth’ also straddles a real nice balance of dancefloor friendliness but equally enjoyable on headphones at home with lush glacial melancholy synths, shuffling percussion and offbeat kicks. It reminds me a bit actually of some recent Inigo Kennedy material and most certainly has a very similar flavour to his The Fear Ratio work with Mark Broom. That is techno rooted in classic emotive IDM for lack of a better term. The press blurb mentions Gescom’s super classic ‘Key Nell’ which is absolutely spot on.
‘Emotion Erode’ again is a huge departure and progression from his earlier heavily loop-based work marrying spaced out, gaseous atmospherics with cracked percussion and heady melodies. Great stuff.
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