[dropcap]The[/dropcap] London-based Blueprint Records label turns 20 this year, and the very much alive, kicking and delivering Techno as relevant as it can be these days. James Ruskin, co-founder of the label, teams up with fellow UK Techno veteran Karl O’Connor, a.k.a. Regis, another time to revisit their O/V/R project—their 3rd collaborative EP, Easy Prey, is out by the end of July.
Their first two releases, Interior (2009) and Post-Traumatic Son (2010), were two excellent EPs, filled with stripped-down, pummeling Techno tracks that are, to this date, bangers par excellence—especially the track Post-Traumatic Son was extremely well received, spawning three remix EPs with edits from Berghain resident DJs Ben Klock, DVS1 and Marcel Dettmann and Minimal Techno hero Robert Hood.
A first glimpse into the long-awaited relaunch of O/V/R is already available on Blueprint’s anniversary compilation Structures and Solutions: 1996-2016, that hit the stores in June. Contributing the opening track Metal Slipper, Regis and James Ruskin were already hinting towards a new release, off which we exclusively premiere Everyday Impulse.
Taking no prisoners, the track aims straight for the dancefloor, with carefully modulated layers of noise and rhythmic patterns embracing an analogue lo-fi bassline giving away a violent EBM feeling, pushed forward by a hard-hitting kick drum.
Setting the tone for the EP, Easy Prey compiles three excellently crafted Hard Techno tracks that will thrill any fan of Birmingham-styled Techno, that shifted the direction of the genre towards a darker and more Industrial-trained style. James Ruskin and Regis are definitely still on top of their game.
In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the genre-defining label, James Ruskin’s annual event at Studio Spaces E1 in London on August 28. A stacked line-up with well-renowned Blueprint collaborators and associates, such as Broken English Club, Regis, Silent Servant, Jeff Mills, Ben Klock, DVS1, Lakker, Rumah, the most recent Blueprint signing Rommek and of course James Ruskin will be a worthy celebration of the label’s influence. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event can be purchased in advance on Resident Advisor.
Tonight, O/V/R play Tresor Festival, celebrating 25 years of the Techno institution’s existence, with Surgeon, Donato Dozzy and Dasha Rush. Make sure to catch them if you can!