It's time for Cablecast round two so we felt the need to draft in a true british heavyweight, step up James Ruskin. The Blueprint Records guv'nor is a man firmly embedded in electronic music and has been an integral contributor to the ever changing face of techno since the mid nineties.
Ruskin's legendary Blueprint imprint sprung onto the scene back in 1996 and had an immediate effect at a time when an influx of new artists was in dire need. Early releases included material from Ruskin & label partner Richard Polson (RIP) as 'Outline', Ruskin's debut minimalist album 'Further Design', collaborations with another British techno mainstay Surgeon, as well as Oliver Ho's inaugural release. Not only has Ruskin pushed forward-facing techno through his own label, his productions have also rightfully earned their place on highly regarded labels such as Ostgut Ton, Dynamic Tension and most notably Tresor, who released his 2011 LP 'The Dash' and ten years earlier his seminal 'Into Submission' full lengther.
Ruskin has released a plethora of high grade techno cuts under his own name but he's also been an integral part of several other scene shaping outfits such as the aforementioned 'Outline' moniker in the late nineties. Most recently, his work with Mark Broom has been released as 'The Fear Ratio' and his acclaimed partnership with Sandwell District boss Karl O'Connor has produced epic results as O/V/R (including a live show of the same name). Evidently, James Ruskin's involvement in techno invariably results in quality music with substance and character.
Of course a highlight of the Cable calendar is the Blueprint residency here. Over the past 2 years it's played host to anyone worth their salt on the world techno stage, culminating in a Jeff Mills performance here back in August. It's fitting, then, that Mr. Ruskin's DJ performance from the gig will be released as Cablecast: 002. We caught up with the man for a quick fire interview detailing his vision for the set.
Where, how and on what was the mix recorded?
The mix is a section of the 4 hour set I played at the Blueprint present Jeff Mills night at Cable back in August.
What are your past experiences of Cable?
We've been holding the Blueprint parties there for a couple of years now and every one has been really special. For me the space is perfect for creating an atmosphere that works with the music we create.
What was the idea behind the performance? Did you approach things differently?
The Idea was for this night was to use the first 4 hours to build and create the right feel for Jeff to take over for the second half. It was certainly a different approach to my usual sets at our nights as I was playing from the opening. The use of extended sets gives you much more scope to move things forward at a different pace.
Any Blueprint releases coming up that we should know about? Any special collaborations?
There is a Ruskin & Broom 12 that was released last week, then following that we have another Lakker E.P which will be released late October.
So you're next at Cable for Blueprint on November 17th? What can we expect? Tell us about Robert Hood's new live show.
Expect Quality Techno and a great crowd! I have seen Robert's live show several times over the summer at festivals, and the energy that he creates is amazing, so it's a real pleasure for us to have him play.
WE FEAR SILENCE PRESENT BLUEPRINT
Saturday 17th November at Cable // 10pm - 6am
Acts: Robert Hood - Live, James Ruskin, Mark Broom, The Fear Ratio.
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