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Express Your Groove
MODRU 015
27 Jan 17
Bass
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Pull & Release - (4:54) 107 BPM
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The Mistake - (4:03) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Express Your Groove - (4:22) 162 BPM
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The Mistake (Itoa remix) - (4:53) 160 BPM
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Review: Breaka is Leeds lad Charlie Baker who has previously released on the likes of Tsunami Bass Weight and Good Street. He now appears for London's Modern Ruin with the Express Your Groove EP and he's right at home on this Footwork/Juke/Jungle/Bass label. Starting off with the deep and emotive junglist groove "Pull & Release" which features some nice R&B vocals atop, there's more quality on the stripped back drum and bass of "The Mistake" which takes things down a much darker route. Itoa's remix later on also stays on the same vibe but with more rolling, intricate riddims reminiscent of Andy C. The title track is particularly impressive; a soulful drum and bass journey that calls to mind Calibre or Marcus Intalex's finer moments.
Drifting
MODRU 018
01 Sep 17
Footwork/Juke
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About U - (4:36) 159 BPM
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Hey Break It Down - (4:45) 107 BPM
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Soul Train - (4:57) 80 BPM
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M.Y.B. - (4:12) 80 BPM
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Drifting - (4:37) 80 BPM
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Hey Break It Down (Stayhigh remix) - (4:12) 80 BPM
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About U (Nikes remix) - (4:35) 85 BPM
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Drifting (Manul & Energy Man remix) - (3:44) 140 BPM
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M.Y.B (Rootless remix) - (4:00) 80 BPM
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About U (Sideswipe remix) - (3:38) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Soul Train (FootMerc remix) - (5:06) 80 BPM
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Review: Sweet murderation! Sizzling Spaniards BSN Posse unleash five firing originals on the spotless Modern Ruin and suddenly things in the world don't seem quite so scary. Soulful, smooth, subverted, this is the sound of a well-considered, detailed footwork EP that's matched with six equally sharp refixes. Highlights include the sultry syrup harmonies on "Soul Train", the AK47 drumflow of "Drifting" and the dreamboat behaviour of "About U". Meanwhile on the rubs, we've got heaters galore with as Nikes takes us into cosmic tribal territories, Rootless dips low into sexual 808 healing and Footmerc washes us so hard with his fluttering chords you'll need a towel after you've played it. Powerful.
Southern Trax
MODRU 008
27 Nov 15
Footwork/Juke
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BSN Posse - "All My Dreams" - (4:55) 107 BPM
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Stayhigh - "You're Not Alone" - (3:37) 159 BPM
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BSN Posse - "I Want U" - (4:12) 107 BPM
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Stayhigh - "Never Forget" - (3:39) 80 BPM
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BSN Posse - "That Sax Tho" - (3:38) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stayhigh - "Never Forget VIP" - (4:34) 107 BPM
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Review: London's Modern Ruin hadn't been messing around since their first release, and now the label are back with a hot collaboration between Slime's BSN Posse, and newcomer Stayhigh in what could possibly be one of the label's most soulful and seductive slice of bass weight, as of yet. The opener by BSN Posse, "All My Dreams" is a gorgeous bit of sliding drums and placid vocals, and the follower by Stayhigh, "You're Not Alone", follows in a similar vein except there is more energy and more of a rise in momentum. Check all these cuts out; the moral of the story is that these guys are just simply good at making sidewalk bass music with an elegant, maybe eve jazzy edge.
Phenomenon EP
MODRU 006
14 Aug 15
Drum And Bass
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Phenomenon - (4:05) 159 BPM
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Evermore - (3:06) 160 BPM
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Take Me Down - (4:03) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Modern Ruin Records
Review: Skipping, flickering and darkly beautiful, "Phenomenon", the first track on this EP is a stunning piece of work, pieced together and arranged immaculately. Moving on smoothly with strong songlike interludes, "Evermore" continues the themes of graceful beats at 160BPM with a touch more metallic percussion for good measure. "Take Me Down" is warmer and softer than the first two sombre pieces but still expects the same level of attention.
Fission EP
MODRU 016
24 Feb 17
Bass
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Lavina - (3:07) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fission - (4:04) 159 BPM
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Bionic - (3:51) 160 BPM
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Bionic (Stayhigh remix) - (3:44) 107 BPM
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Review: Russian producer Colorhythm returns on London's Modern Ruin following up some great beats by Breaka, in particular, on the last outing. It's intensely paranoid and nefarious bass music of the deeper strains on the immersive "Lavina" while the title track is drum and bass on downers; imagine playing an Ed Rush & Optical record on -8 and you get the picture. Also of worthy mention is "Bionic" which appears in its original version as well as being remixed by Stayhigh; where the track takes on a life of its own with its juke style stutter vocals, jagged beats and wonky synths firing off all over the place.
Walkin
MODRU 022
10 Aug 18
Footwork/Juke
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Time 2 Lose - (4:36) 80 BPM
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Tru Da Night - (3:41) 80 BPM
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Shame - (3:16) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dubadub - (3:56) 80 BPM
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Away - (3:39) 80 BPM
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Walkin - (3:42) 80 BPM
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Time 2 Lose (BSN Posse remix) - (4:10) 80 BPM
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Shame (Sideswipe remix) - (3:03) 80 BPM
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Environment Standards
MODRU 011
24 Jun 16
Footwork/Juke
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Environment Standards - (3:48) 53 BPM
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Carnivore VIP - (3:46) 107 BPM
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VIP Rave - (2:51) 159 BPM
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VIP Rave (Sinistarr Ravegod remix) - (5:40) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Modern Ruin feels like the perfect location for Homesick's twisted, dub-filtered, strain of footwork and these four smoking guns are the perfect thing to turn your Saturday night from fun to a little nuts. "Environment Standards" uses a sort of acid house, big piano approach in its groove, while Carnivore VIP is a juke reinvention of jungle, where breaks fly around loosely in a sea of percussion and sonics. "VIP Rave" is the craziest of them all, with a broken bass drum rhythm guiding sinister melodies forwards; Sinistarr Ravegod's remix of the same tune is similarly jagged but here the artist injects a new, more violent flavour of bass.
Leaving Lately EP
MODRU 005
27 Feb 15
Drum And Bass
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Blister Kisses - (5:55) 170 BPM
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Leaving Lately - (4:56) 57 BPM
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Breakfast At Tommy's - (6:12) 170 BPM
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Fathom - (5:18) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Phuture
MODRU 009
11 Mar 16
Drum And Bass
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Escape - (3:19) 159 BPM
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Phuture - (3:18) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Escape (The Renegades remix) - (5:06) 165 BPM
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Phuture (Sideswipe remix) - (3:37) 160 BPM
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Review: Rico Tubbs dusts off his old Infekto alter ego for some classic junglist fun. Both rolling at the original 160 tempo, it's an instant snapback to the early chapters when Moving Shadow forecasted the bleakest of electronic futures. "Escape" balances a classic reggae sample with a slew of roughage drums while "Phuture" is a rainbow of harmonic arpeggios layered over breaks so finely diced you'll feel freshly shaven just listening to it. Remix-wise Modern Ruin regulars lay down the science: The Renegades throw in a little hardcore mentality (and just a tiny bit of acid) while Sideswipe provide some rather champion sounds (ahem).
Darline EP
MODRU 007
16 Oct 15
Footwork/Juke
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Darline - (5:16) 112 BPM
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Clap Tone - (4:06) 86 BPM
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Darline (TS Repman remix) - (3:50) 107 BPM
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Clap Tone (Sun People remix) - (4:55) 80 BPM
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Clap Tone (Crypticz remix) - (4:09) 86 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Alex Godoy has only been making music under the Itoa moniker for a few years, but his own strand of wonky, experimental footwork has caught our ear since his first release on the WW imprint. This time he touches down on Modern Ruin with two-tracker backed by a three-legged remix artillery. "Darline" is a dark and ominous stepper with fast-moving drum typhoons, and "Clap Tone" is a broken arrangement of, well, claps and toms - another wonderfully bouncing floor bomb. The reworks come TS Rapman on "Darline", who twists up the groove to its very limits, while Sun People and Crypticz go for "Clap Tone", the former adding a nice sci-fi layer, and the latter slowing things down to a murky, muddy substance.
Crossover
MODRU 019
24 Nov 17
Footwork/Juke
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Crossover - (4:47) 78 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Let Me Hit It - (4:10) 155 BPM
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Move Operator - (4:14) 80 BPM
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In The Heat - (4:00) 80 BPM
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Played by: Philthtrax
Review: Last spotted busting some dope moves to Compost's "Brexit Jazz", Athens' 160-splicer LeTryp makes his debut on London's Modern Ruin with more groove-based steppy switch-ups. Highlights can be found in every moment of this juicy juke jam: the Detroitian wave bends and emotion on "Let Me Hit It", the deep dark analogue bubbles and laser-flexing stabs "In The Heat", the soulful shimmers of "Move Operator" and the unabashed euphoria of the title track "Crossover". Time to take tryp...
Ladyboy EP
MODRU 021
08 Jun 18
Footwork/Juke
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Ladyboy - (3:19) 107 BPM
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Make It - (3:28) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hyggeling - (3:18) 80 BPM
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Go Back - (2:42) 107 BPM
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Ladyboy (BSN Posse remix) - (3:41) 80 BPM
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Review: Malou Morkeberg has been seriously impressing us with his recent batch of releases, allowing us to have a fresh and innovative view on both bass music and what can be done with percussion. After a slew of debut releases, he's (unsurprisingly) been snapped up by Modern Ruin, rolling through with five powerful dancefloor bruisers, and a whole load of low frequencies to blow through your chest. Although the construction of these jue pieces is similar to UK two-step in aesthetic, M?rkeberg's sound feels more akin to the US dynasty, such as on "Ladyboy" and "Make It", the latter being a classic, tooled-up, codeine-laden footwork killer. Similarly, "Hyggeling" morphs its intricate drums over tuned-down vocal samples, while "Go Back" goes for a darker, dubbier approach, and BSN Posse's remix of "Ladyboy" injects a further layer of deep-minded ambience to the already spaced-out original.
Harbor Of Refuge
MODRU 003
01 Dec 14
Footwork/Juke
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Wooden Ships - (3:24) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Into Outerspace - (3:42) 160 BPM
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Crows Nest - (3:54) 160 BPM
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Big Ass B-Boy Belly - (3:20) 80 BPM
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Review: Footmerc and Regent Street have pooled their creativity for this exceptional Modern Ruin release and the results are truly unique. Massaging soul, jazz and leftfield sensibilities within the juke template, each cut takes footwork into a whole new dimension... "Wooden Ships" is a masterclass in folk-fuelled sample craft, "Into Outerspace" is a loopy stepper with quick fire jazz synth stabs, "Crows Nest", meanwhile, sounds straight outer Goodlooking's mid 90s catalogue but with modern drum dynamics. "Big Ass B-Boy Belly" concludes the set with big dusty horns and a wry sense of humour. Emotional.
Oh Man
MODRU 017
31 Mar 17
Bass
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Bumble - (4:33) 83 BPM
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Oh Man - (4:32) 160 BPM
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Yell - (4:53) 83 BPM
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Oh Man (Sun People remix) - (5:15) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: London's Modern Ruin classifies itself as footwork label, and we think that is just about close enough to reality. However, it's important to note that all the music going through this catalogue has a definite UK palette to it, and the gang are certainly not in the game with the aim of merely replicating the US sound that the genre is typically known for. This is some straight-up UK flexing. Noh Vae steps up with four bruisers: "Bumble" sounds like the mutant spawn of a DMZ dubplate, full or dread and grime experimentation, "Oh Man" is a raucous drum frenzy that's taken a lesson or two from Toasty's early productions, "Yell" has an early era Metalheadz vibe to it, and Sun People's rework of "Oh Man" winds the tempo down to a stepping, grizzly dubstep belter that'll cause havoc and a hysteria in the dancehall. This is sick.
Cyber Sapiens
MODRU 010
20 May 16
Footwork/Juke
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Cyber Sapiens - (4:20) 82 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Power Supply - (4:00) 80 BPM
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The Core - (4:22) 75 BPM
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Memory (feat BSMNT) - (3:29) 107 BPM
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Review: This is no real surprise, but Canada's Philthkids are in no mood to mess around, and this latest EP is another shot straight to the head. Coming through courtesy of Modern Ruin, "Cyber Sapiens" is a butty tune, a not-so-gentle blend of footwork and 94' jungle held together by an intricate arrangement and some killer sonic work. "Power Supply" is more jungle than anything else, but its bassline is fresh and provocative, while "The Core" lashes out a heavy techno beat beneath starry, detuned synths; "Memory" features BSMNT and a nu-school kinds tribal beat that is a total pleasure on the old dancing feet.
Futura
MODRU 014
02 Dec 16
Footwork/Juke
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Open Up - (3:51) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Futura - (3:24) 150 BPM
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Status 3 - (5:03) 107 BPM
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Wanderers - (4:45) 75 BPM
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Review: As per usual, Canada's Philthkids are up to no good, and it seems like the Modern Ruin label are up for causing a bit of trouble. These four spaced-out gun-slingers are the perfect form of juke music, an amalgamation of all the right elements of bass music into four grooves. "Open Up", for example, is only juke because of its beat flex, but the melodies and arrangement feels much closer to electro, or even house, while "Futura" has a bit of hardcore in its DNA. "Status 3" is a veritable dubstep number twisted into motion by complex percussive knots, and "Wanderers" is a modern take on tribal bass music that can make for an absolute stunner on the dance floor. TIP!
Da Fock
MODRU 012
05 Aug 16
Footwork/Juke
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Rootless - "Da Fock" - (5:36) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rootless - "Say To My Face" - (4:56) 80 BPM
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Rootless - "Stepper Lines" - (4:00) 80 BPM
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Review: Enter Valencia massive Rootless with their debut EP for Modern Ruin! For starters, "Da Fock" is straight-up footwork science, a glitchy piece of Chicago-inspired futurism backed by a jazzy melodic wave and an excellent sampling style; "Say To My Face", on the other hand, manages to drop a little jungle magic into the juke pattern, while "Stepper Lines" ups the aggression and gets the beat pattern rolling even more aggressively amid a delicate sea of melancholic tones. Fresh and recommended!
Wholesale EP
MODRU 002D
13 Oct 14
Footwork/Juke
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Wholesale - (4:49) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Highway - (4:52) 107 BPM
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Modern Ruin - (5:08) 107 BPM
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I Want To Know - (5:20) 107 BPM
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Ringtone (bonus free bundle-only track) - (5:20) 80 BPM
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Review: Modern Ruin ain't messing... Having launched in August with a full album, they now follow it up with this daring audio adventure from Leeds-based footworker Sarantis. Taking the Chicago genre into fresh pastures, tracks like the "Highway" fuse the distorted, acidic bass more often seen in dubstep or electro derived tracks but applied in a way that makes complete sense. Paying homage to the label itself, Sarantis's label-homage "Modern Ruin" develops this idea further with a twisted skank and pneumatic kick that manages to resonate with both dancehall and techno schools of thought. The 4/4 switch on "I Want To Know", meanwhile, will genuinely sweep you off your feet. Unique.
Fracture Patterns
MODRU 013
21 Oct 16
Footwork/Juke
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Last Nite - (4:25) 81 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Fracture Patterns - (4:27) 80 BPM
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B4 U Lock Ur Love - (2:45) 109 BPM
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Last Nite (BSN Posse remix) - (3:42) 159 BPM
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Fracture Patterns (Lefty & Nikes remix) - (3:24) 80 BPM
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B4 U Lock Ur Love (DJ Tre remix) - (3:27) 80 BPM
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Review: Philly footwork soul man lets loose on Modern Ruin once more with a full-flavoured EP. Instant delight vibes: "Last Nite" is a real smoothy owing as much to classy R&B as it does to footwork. "Fracture Pattern" sees him drop the pleasantries for a sharper jungle workout and "B4 U Lock Ur Love" concludes his originals with another sexual groove with a bold sample that's given just as much room to breathe as it is looped and chopped. Remix-wise BSN add a little dark drum magic, Lefty & Nikes switch up the groove while retaining the jungle edge and Tre goes straight for the sub-heavy ghetto edge.
Brain Music EP
MODRU 004D
11 May 15
Bass
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Brain Music - (4:24) 160 BPM
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Wet - (4:58) 160 BPM
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Brain Music (Slick Shoota remix) - (4:50) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wet (House Of Black Lanterns remix) - (5:23) 107 BPM
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Review: Skubi steps into the limelight with his debut release for Modern Ruin, an imprint reserved strictly for the finest in footwork killers. "Brain Music" is basically a modern hip-hop lick with cavernous low-ends and that familiar juke vocal stutter. The same goes for "Wet", a relatively darker, dreamier sort of affair. Remixes comes from none other than Slick Shoota and House Of Black Lanterns, the former opting for a jungle swing while the latter twists and funks that juke into an even nuttier bundle of drums and percussion. Large.
Serenity EP
MODRU 020
23 Mar 18
Footwork/Juke
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Live It Up - (5:39) 159 BPM
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Cry - (4:30) 159 BPM
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Mechanism - (4:16) 80 BPM
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Recall - (5:18) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Never - (3:12) 80 BPM
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Serenity - (5:37) 80 BPM
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Played by: Calculon
Review: Sun People is the project of Simon/off from Graz in Austria, making his debut for London based Modern Ruin. He's had well-received releases on the likes of Through These Eyes, Alphacut and Goodstreet Records. Kicking things off on the Serenity EP is the mad stepper "Live It Up" which is liquid drum 'n' bass reminiscent of early legends like Calibre or Carlito & Addiction. There's some 160bpm deep dubstep styles of the most contorted kind on the paranoid "Cry", while the sensual and evocative half-time antics of the title track call to mind the grey area experiments of Instra:mental - circa 2010 when Autonomic was all the rage. Fantastic.
Present Decay
MODRU 001D
04 Aug 14
Footwork/Juke
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Pawn - "Do U" - (3:16) 82 BPM
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The Renegades - "The Warmup" - (5:00) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Vorres - "One Of These Old Days" - (4:08) 80 BPM
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Sideswipe - "Be With U" - (5:37) 84 BPM
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HomeSick - "Want To Put U On" - (3:39) 53 BPM
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Sarantis - "Soundboy" - (4:50) 80 BPM
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J(ay) AD - "Slap The DJ" - (3:39) 107 BPM
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Maramza - "Jelly Sea" - (5:19) 80 BPM
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Metafloor - "Haterz" - (4:50) 80 BPM
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Azeriff - "Tell Me Wut" - (2:56) 80 BPM
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Wellbelove - "Gears" - (5:56) 85 BPM
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Jon Lloyd & Vorres - "What She Wants" - (4:05) 80 BPM
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Review: The London-based Modern Ruin Records label arrives with a mission statement to showcase some of the most talented and innovative artists making moves on the juke and footwork scenes around the world, and the label's first EP gets things off to an incredibly strong start. Pawn kicks off with "Do U", a dancefloor destroyer melding footwork textures with punishing D&B-influenced rhythms and bass, while The Renegades' "The Warmup" offers a jazzier number which places deft amen breaks throughout. On the flip, Sideswipe's "Be With U" offers a gospel-influenced, funky take on footwork with its vintage sample, but it's Vorres' "One Of These Old Days" that takes the crown, with delicate 808 rhythms fluttering across more soulful vocals. Essential stuff from a label to watch.
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