did this for ra. i like the release. maybe would have given it 4 not 3.5. its soul is in the deep – as with most au courrant releases – but it retains a subtle bit of techno’s machine clunk and grit.
manchester’s relative house newcomer ruthit sets out his stall from the off, with organic sounds clearly being his production preference. on one hand, that’s to be expected from a label which charts loco dice and martin buttrich, but on the other it’s always weird how a bristol label (a city known for its prominent bass predilections) sounds so different to all of its contemporaries.
there’s a salt shaker glide to “not a problem” which is punctuated with sounds clearly made by a machine, but which retain a remarkable sense of richness and warmth. the contrast between tight and involved percussion, loose and bleeding bass and scattered toms is a stark one, but somehow it all comes together. altogether punchier (though that’s not a poor reflection on the original) is “cameronian (rip)” which drives that little harder into build-up rather than come-down territory, straying into a more carnival flecked corner.
and finally, the “not a problem” flip is a trip: down into an afterhours basement it goes, ebbing and flowing in its lead between a pulsing, sonorous bottom end and prying chord loop. there are enough juxtapositions in this mymy interpretation to stray from mundanity, while remaining a melodic and deep sense overall, firming up an already solid release.