Featured Artists: Ruoho Ruotsi, R. Audiard
S.F. artist and Def’child label boss Ruoho Ruotsi finally returns to Thoughtless following his remix of Rift for TLM020 with three tracks of fearlessly deep techno-dub. The primordial strains of ‘Pour Autant’ emerge from reverberant depths to form an expansive network of lithe, twisting strands that intertwine the central bass theme and stripped-down percussion which serve to keep it afloat in the vastness of its own created space. Emerging Boston artist R. Audiard steps up to deliver a more streamlined approach, balancing his subtle arrangement with an impeccably crafted low-end that’s designed for supple sound systems. ‘Loquebantur’ builds from primal scraps of percussion and abstract vocals, gaining momentum from impulsive rhythms until eventually unfurling in the form of an intergalactic hymn. Bringing us back to the wild aquatic sound he’s mastered through previous releases, Ruoho’s ‘Waiting For Troll’ is a late night meditation with cinematic scope. Haunting, dreamlike, primal yet cosmic, ‘Pour Autant’ is as unique a take on the fertile intersection of dub and techno as we’ve heard in quite some time.
Photograph by Eric Downer