Review: Planet Rhythm has been one of Luis Ruiz' main platforms since he appeared almost ten years ago. This latest outing for the label marks something of a change - "KV 55" is an acid-drenched jacking affair - but also offers much familiarity for fans of his sleek techno. The title track is typical of the Argentinean's sound as high-pitched blips unfold over lithe rhythms. On "Shi Im Ti" he mines a deeper approach with subtle vocal riffs and psychedelic organs to the fore while the skipping drums and insistent chord stabs of "Dominant Roles" closes out this classy measured release in style.
Review: The Ancients is one of the best examples of a new producer embracing abstract sounds. Both "Big Bang Origins" and "Children Of The Gods" start off as eerie, textured soundscapes, but in the case of the former, it lapses into distorted Regis-style techno beats, while the latter veers into classic "X-102/3"-era Mills grooves, with snares crashing and flailing as the spooky textures persist. A similar Mills-inspired approach is applied on "Giants Upon The Earth", but Ruiz also knows how to make more mellow grooves as the brittle claps and yelping melodies of "Cromagnon Modified For Anunnakis" and the dreamy early 90s UK techno styled "Alpha" so ably demonstrate.
Review: Argentinean producer Luis Ruiz drops a stunning pure techno four-tracker on his Subsequent Limited side-label. "The Long Tomorrow" has the same grimy, acid-caked beats as classic Jeff Mills and provides a visceral wake-up call for the bland new wave of techno. "Merrick" also worships at the altar of Detroit techno, but on this occasion, it's the jacking metallic minimalism and grainy organs of vintage Robert Hood that provide inspiration. "Fires of Molech" opts for a Downwards take on techno, its huge, churning filters propelled over heavy kicks. "The Holographic Talbot" completes the release, with Ruiz opting for a more mellow sound, as the warbling acid lines bubble over an undulating groove.