James Ruskin ‎– Further Design

Blueprint ‎– BPCD01
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1 Enter 1:05
2 Indirect World 5:10
3 Internal 5:46
4 Beginnings 2:46
5 The Divide 5:21
6 Time & Place 7:12
7 Form 0:56
8 Unknown Destination 4:42
9 Work 4:57
10 Below 4:55



Dedicated to Steve Oates 1965 - 1998

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BPLP1 James Ruskin Further Design(2x12", Album) Blueprint BPLP1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BPLP1 James Ruskin Further Design(2x12", Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Blueprint BPLP1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BPLP1 James Ruskin Further Design(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Blueprint BPLP1 UK 2009



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October 31, 2009
Not the best a legendary figure like James Ruskin has to offer I am afraid. As an album, "Further Design" fails despite running only for slightly under 43 minutes. First and foremost, it is way too linear and repetitve, and when I say repetitve, I don't imply the godly mono/dry Birmingham sound, but pretty simple loops and sequences on repeat throughout. A fair chunk of these tunes rock dance floors (The Divide, Indirect World and Work), but for the most part, those tracks can cause irritation if played too often on their own.
I really dig Time & Place though. A long, epic voyage through techno which patiently builds and drops a haunting melody, which dominates up until the music's over, and then it fades out. Great cut!
Unknown Destination is, for example, very similar to Mills' earlier music on Axis (personally it reminds me of the track Growth), while Indirect World, another favorite here, is a stripped back number, which jogs along quite nicely, with a pretty pulsating bass line.
Work is a proper club work out piece of work. Clanging sounds combined with rolling percussion which goes out about halfway through and then strikes back for a grand finale.
Overall, for a debut album, this is an adequate release. A few great tracks really worth owning, but in my opinion he should have cut the album, and released a strong 5 track 12". The way things are, when I want to hear James in his prime, I put on either "The Conspiracy EP", "Circuit" or his latest album "The Dash" on Tresor.