A rare and unexpected resurfacing of the captivating West Coast-based producer Ruoho Ruotsi, who released 9 records on his De’fchild Productions imprint between 2005 and 2011, collaborating with Tomas Jirku and Hollis P. Monroe among others, before vanishing into life’s many responsibilities. Ruotsi’s sonic jaunts draw upon the visceral aesthetics of dub, techno, garage and impractical melodic leitmotifs from experimental electro-acoustics, fusing them into imaginative new musical opportunities. His music has been described as “vaporous”, “aching and expansive”, “a wicked dub abstraction” or as “Jamaica-meets-Detroit with jazz legend Eric Dolphy”.
Each track on Prelude is a unique spatial tapestry. “Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Buzz” meanders through an impressionist landscape, the chugging beat a tense counterpoint to the drifting, breathing melodic formations that fold in and out on themselves. “Na Me U Dey Follow Talk” (“are you talking to me?”) in Nigerian Pidgin, is an exercise in psychedelic vocal experimentation tied to a dub backbone, "the cacophony of everyone talking and no one being heard." “La Brume Sur Buri Buri” hangs an understated rhythm in riveting suspended meditation, the melodies and textures recalling cloud formations and rolling fog unique to the SF Bay Area. The name is a reference to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_Buri_Buri.
limited to 100 copies, 12 inch vinyl in matte white jackets with unique hand-stamped artwork.
Published: 5th March 2021