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Boomkat Product Review:
Mark Broom & James Ruskin’s The Fear Ratio coax bittersweet synth fluids and crooked tech-hop rhythms beside new addition, King Kashmere supplying Shadowhuntaz-like rap
The duo’s first turn for Tresor after a string of LPs and EPs for Ruskin’s Blueprint and Skam since 2011, ‘Slinky’ weighs in some of their deftest, tricky to quantify decimations of electro-techno and hip hop, or what may simply be referred to as IDM. No strangers to Tresor as solo acts, Ruskin & Broom’s combined work transcends the sum of its parts here on a dozen trax of wigged-out, gremlinoid melody and rugged rhythms rooted in harder ‘90s hip hop as much as mutant dance musick.
King Kashmere’s two cuts articulate the project’s crooked hip hop roots in the crunchy boom slap of ‘Death Switch’ and swaggering lurch of ‘Spinning Globe’, while vocalist Ella Fleur also lights up one of the album’s highlights with her gibber-jawed vox threaded into the acidic electro organism ‘Lacovset’. Elsewhere the duo’s mazy melodies and nervy rhythms do the heavy lifting, convulsing from chromatic whorls in ‘L10’ to classic Skam substance in the melancholy BoC-meets-Æ move ‘Appi’, and aerated electro-step on ‘KZAP’, with tight shots of slow/fast electro gunk on ‘STMS’ and the autonomic impulse of ‘LFIVE’, with a particularly curdled highlight in the title tune’s cartilage-emulsifying funk.