Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and DJ, M.RUX, is something of a contradiction: At once a slow grind in sweaty ecstasy, while at the same time observing you from a distance, legs crossed, tapping one foot gently.
The same goes for the construction of his music. Deceptively simple at first listen, each track is building into a complex, dirty-minded concoction of soul samples, melodies, beats and varied sounds and rhythms.
Handclaps and wooden percussion intertwine with dub-heavy bass beats. Banjos and harmonicas alternate with city sounds from the urban canyons of a gritty metropolis. Blurry voices and distant murmurs interact with chimey chords.
Doctor John jams along with Kode9. Hyperdub acts as a tripping backing band for the Chain Gang. Carefully digged samples, acoustic field recordings, bells and percussion are nestled up against rolling beats and synthesizer loops.
M.RUX brings together his favourite findings in music history with what he predicts to be music’s future, paying respect to both and establishing a new sound somewhere between abstract dance tunes and subtle break beats.