James Ruskin

Real Name:
James Ruskin
Croydon born (1972) and based techno producer and DJ. James Ruskin comes from a background that first put him in touch with hip hop and electro and later with the emerging Detroit techno scenes. This inspired him to become a DJ in 1991 and venture into production with studio-partner Richard Polson by 1994. Founded Blueprint with Polson in 1996. As Blueprint grew, he delivered his first solo releases and appeared elsewhere as remixer and co-producer.

Was also resident DJ at Circulation.
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BPLP1 James Ruskin - Further Design album art James Ruskin Further Design (Album) Blueprint BPLP1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor 145 James Ruskin - Point 2 album art James Ruskin Point 2 (Album) Tresor Tresor 145 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Tresor 173 James Ruskin - Into Submission album art James Ruskin Into Submission (Album) Tresor Tresor 173 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
tresor233cd James Ruskin - The Dash album art James Ruskin The Dash (Album) Tresor tresor233cd Europe 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BP008 James Ruskin - Transition album art James Ruskin Transition Blueprint BP008 UK 1997 Sell This Version
SF004 James Ruskin - Institute For The Future EP album art Polson* & Ruskin* Polson* & Ruskin* - Institute For The Future EP (EP) Surface SF004 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DTR 003 James Ruskin - Sound Pressure album art Surgeon & James Ruskin Surgeon & James Ruskin - Sound Pressure (EP) Dynamic Tension Records DTR 003 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BP010 James Ruskin - Prelude album art James Ruskin Prelude Blueprint BP010 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BP012 James Ruskin - Prevention Beyond Cause album art James Ruskin Prevention Beyond Cause Blueprint BP012 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BP 016 James Ruskin - Cipher album art James Ruskin Cipher Blueprint BP 016 UK 2000 Sell This Version
meta 10 James Ruskin - Mutate And Survive album art Oliver Ho & James Ruskin Oliver Ho & James Ruskin - Mutate And Survive Meta meta 10 UK 2000 Sell This Version
BP 015 James Ruskin - Divide Part Two / Tides album art James Ruskin / Oliver Ho James Ruskin / Oliver Ho - Divide Part Two / Tides Blueprint BP 015 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CR001 James Ruskin - Definition Of EP album art James Ruskin Definition Of EP (EP) Coda Records CR001 UK 2000 Sell This Version
BP017 James Ruskin - SR2 EP album art James Ruskin SR2 EP (EP) Blueprint BP017 UK 2001 Sell This Version
BP018 James Ruskin - Correction Centre album art James Ruskin Correction Centre Blueprint BP018 UK 2001 Sell This Version
BP021 James Ruskin - Conspiracy EP album art James Ruskin Conspiracy EP (EP) Blueprint BP021 UK 2002 Sell This Version
CR010 James Ruskin - Definition Of Mixes album art James Ruskin Definition Of Mixes Coda Records CR010 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BP023 James Ruskin - Circuit album art James Ruskin Circuit Blueprint BP023 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BP024 James Ruskin - Solex Mixes album art James Ruskin Solex Mixes Blueprint BP024 UK 2004 Sell This Version
BPLtd02 James Ruskin - Return album art James Ruskin Return Blueprint BPLtd02 UK 2005 Sell This Version
BPLtd01 James Ruskin - Take Control album art James Ruskin Take Control Blueprint BPLtd01 UK 2005 Sell This Version
BPLTD 04 James Ruskin - Transfer album art James Ruskin Transfer (EP) Blueprint BPLTD 04 UK 2006 Sell This Version
BPLTD 03 James Ruskin - Work album art James Ruskin Work Blueprint BPLTD 03 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Tresor 232 James Ruskin - Lahaine album art James Ruskin Lahaine(12") Tresor Tresor 232 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
BP026 James Ruskin - Sabre / Massk album art James Ruskin Sabre / Massk (EP) Blueprint BP026 UK 2009 Sell This Version

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June 18, 2015
Indeed, a lot of respect and deserved parise has to go to James Ruskin. Basically, he has been continually putting out great music for two full decades now, and most of it was released on his equally impressive, independent label, Blueprint. At this point, both his name and the imprint's legacy have become synonymous with tough, muscular vision of UK techno. Although, given his commitment and the constant emphasis on quality, it'd be a no brainer to claim that mr. Ruskin here is one of Europe's all time finest techno producers. No tricks, no posing, just pure techno.

If superb techno is what you are after, without the redundant hype, and devoid of current trends and one trick pony beats and bass lines, then your money is safely placed with his releases. He's also not some antediluvian chap comfortably enjoying his middle age success puffing romeo y julieta cigars in Hyde Park on a sunny day. Having rejuvenated his label and refined his sound, he's struck a chord with the younger audiences as well, who might have missed out on his output from the glorious nineties. Most of the material released was all recorded under his own name, so you won't have to go through twenty aliases or something. In house productions as well, as the vast majority of his records were released through either his own label or Europe's evergreen techno fortress, Tresor.

His latest releases, be it on his own or with his studio mate Mark Broom as The Fear Ratio, at places distance themselves from the dance floor and explore other areas of the electronica spectrum. Which by no means implies that he's forgotten how to obliterate a good ol' dance podium. Just check the Jealous God release or the track he recently dropped for the "Aphelion" compilation.

His early collaborations made in junction with the late Richard Polson (co-founder of the seminal UK techno label Surface) are immensely involving manifests of the rawness that was frequently associated with labels such as Downwards, ZET, Sheep, Dynamic Tension, and so forth. Hard, remorseless, propulsive and damn right fantastic to lose it to on a floor.

Time had it that of my all time favorite tracks were produced by James Ruskin, and while we all have our favorites and recommendations, I seriously think your techno formatting process would be kind of hollow if you were to miss on the following three releases:

"Circuit" (2x12) (2003) (Blueprint)
"Correction Centre" (2001) (Blueprint)
"Conspiracy EP" ‎(2002) (Blueprint)

Naturally, this is not where you should stop. While he is a good DJ, representing and promoting his and his label's sound and vision of techno, I think that his legendary status is first and foremost cemented due to his staggering production output. There are a few producers with such a solid understanding of what techno music should sound like, and better yet, there are even fewer producers out there who are able to stay on top of such a quickly changing genre for two decades. First rate producer. Runs a top drawer record. Has more techno classic tucked under his belt than you are aware of. Not only that, his studio finesse enabled him to stand head and shoulders above the competition and truly emerge as one of the genre's most prominent figures.

Being a fan of techno music without a James Ruskin record on the shelf is a contradiction on its own. Techno collection without James Ruskin... Hmmmm.


March 29, 2015
I have been a fan of James Ruskin ever since the late 90's. James set himself apart for a few reasons. And for me lasted longer than any of his contemporaries. James always has an industrial feel to his songs. I wouldn't say mechanical. But definitely demented. And this drama sounding trauma and weird paranoia found in his songs were at the same time demented but also strangely fascinating and addictive. Perverse almost but hypnotic and eerie. Lots of adjectives to describe his music. A cut above the rest. Tempo is vehicle. Listen deeper.


March 13, 2003
awesome uk techno on a really deep tip while still keeping the dance floor in mind. minimal sequences, excellent production and good use of samples makes ruskin one of techno's best producers.

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