The Fear Ratio

“'they Can't Be Saved”

SKASSETTE007 scanZoom inLabelSkam
Cat. No.SKASSETTE007
FormatEXCLTAPE
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James Ruskin & Mark Broom are back as The Fear Ratio with their third album ‘They Can’t Be Saved’. LIMITED 180G 2LP - 500 only pressed. CD - 500 only. The duo, who are long-term collaborators have created their own signature style with abstract synths, heavy basslines and experimental soundscapes that fit somewhere in between IDM, electronica and ambient. Their acclaimed debut album ‘Lightbox’ was initially released in 2011 on Ruskin’s Blueprint Records, featuring remixes from Warp aficionados Plaid and Deadhand. Soon after they formed a long-lasting relationship with cult Manchester based label Skam, with the follow-up album in 2015 ‘Refuge of a Twisted Soul’. 2018 saw a four track ‘Live EP’ release made up of exclusive versions of their Autechre supporting slot at the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester, Several years and various solo productions later, The Fear Ratio return with an album that solidifies their reputation as experimental producers. From the ethereal opening bars of ‘Sender’ slowly twisting into a brooding dub breakbeat, to the staccato, bugged out atmospherics of ‘Grey Code’, ghostly electronics of ‘Small World’, tripped out, schizophrenic hip hop haunting bass of ‘Game Plan’ and sun-dappled keys of ‘The Final Vision’ Broom & Ruskin flex their techno muscles ever further beyond the floor. Track list: 1Sender 2 Exile 3 Grey Code 4 Small World 5 The Invisible Girl 6 The Curse 7 LM3 8 Captive 9 Game Plan 10 The Final Vision 11 BY3 12 A406

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