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Ruffhouse- Strangers / The Domino Effect


recipe034_1000.jpgLabel: IngredientsScore: 7/10 Bristol based trio Pessimist, Vega and Cooper aka Ruffhouse continue their steady ascent up the the new producers to watch ranks with yet another slab of forward thinking drum and bass music, once again on the highly regarded Ingredients Records. First up on the set is Strangers, a brooding cut of minimal stripped back D&B. Industrial sounds aplenty and snares aplenty, Strangers is real sci-fi soundtrack music as it builds and moves from its solitary kick/snare into pure screwface business. Progressive is a term used fairly often in refernce to these guys and their music and listening to this you can see why. Deadly. On AA side duties is The Domino Effect, a minimal stepper that holds the mood set by the A side. Shuffling hats and cold synths sounds twist while that clap snare makes you get your march on with real vigour. I’ve been reloading this one many times since I got sent it and I’m pretty sure you will too. Ingredients Records is a label that has always delivered pure quality with its output and Strangers / The Domino Effect is no different. Ruffhouse will continue to make waves this year, especially for those into the more dark and minimal side of the scene. With future music like this i, for one, certainly look forward to hearing more.


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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