Review: James Ruskin – Sabre / Mask


Label: Blueprint
Catalog#: BP026


A: Sabre

B: Massk

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Stretching not too far from the previous Blueprint release, James Ruskin keep things up on ‘Sabre / Mask’. Preserving the same style and approach as he did on the ‘Interior EP’ (which he made together with Karl O’Connor, also known as Regis or Kalon).

Ruskin’s previous and more recent releases on Sandwell District has a distinct sound as well as a unique approach to the genre – as expected of course. Even though it’s getting more dark by every release (counting 3 years back to now), Ruskin always seem to maintain that specific approach as the sound progress part by time.

‘Sabre’ pulls out the darkest strings and notes in a way only a UK producer can do, as well as maintaining a balance between the amount of energy and progression of the beats together with the percussion and other sounds. As the snare kicks in, you know you’re in good hands!

‘Massk’ keeps the same amount of energy, only that it’s transformed into a more dense and subtle track. A boiling wall of sound keeps the hi-hat safe as well as the variations in the background. Combining the elements of them all makes a track that doesn’t really stand out a lot, but keeps things interesting.

4 Responses to “Review: James Ruskin – Sabre / Mask”

  1. 1 vioolator June 13, 2009 at 12:03

    Yyy just when did Ruskin release something on Sandwell Disitrict? Which release and under what moniker?

    And what’s with this “Kalon is Karl O’Connor/Regis”?

    SD 08 states that it was produced by Sutton aka Female and Karl Meier. Where did it come from?

  2. 2 thefuturistmusic June 15, 2009 at 16:40

    Oh, you’re right! I wrote that part a bit hasty. I meant of course the ‘Avon / Cally Remixes’ release when talking about Ruskin and Sandwell District.

    ‘Interior EP’ was released on Blueprint, which was made by O/V/R (O/V/R is James Ruskin and Karl O’Connor). Kalon is Karl O’Connor, Regis is also Karl O’Connor – don’t know how to be more clear than so …

  3. 3 vioolator June 15, 2009 at 19:35

    Yeah, I’ve forgotten about SD 04, sorry bout that.

    And I know that , for example, Discogs state that Kalon is Karl/Regis, but I just wonder from where did that come from?

    SD 08 label states that it was “written and produced by Sutton/Meier”. Sutton is a long time Karl collaborator and (I assume) friend – “Female”. Why would Karl disguise himself as his partner I just wonder?

    But that’s a bit offtopic I guess so I’ll leave it as that. Great 12 by the way.
    Good to see Blueprint being resurrected.

  4. 4 thefuturistmusic June 15, 2009 at 21:12

    I don’t know, I think I also read it at Boomkat a long time ago. I guess Discogs isn’t 100% all the time.

    Hope there will be more releases! I also saw that BPLTD 03 was available at a few shops (incl. Hard Wax).

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