97-98 EP by Russ Brooker - Rua Sound [RUA013] FLAC download included with physical items

97-98 EP

A 3 track jungle / drum 'n' bass ep (16m 25s) — released November 17th 2023 on Rua Sound

Sleek three tracker from Russ Brooker, a unknown quantity who is swiftly to become the name on everybody's lips, the 13th release on Rua Sound.

"97-98" is every bit as sharp and shattered as any of the legendary tunes released in that storied era, with moody samples and a break so heavily pregnant with funk that it's a palpable relief when the levee breaks and it gives birth to some heavy rolling amens.

"Microfilm" starts off with a proper spy-flick title and immediately lives up to the name, with a cinematic sequence of cosmic cloak and dagger chimes and pads that quickly sprints off into the Pentagon in a brown flared suit with assorted extraterrestrials and the cast of Scooby Doo in hot pursuit – channelling crusty old Droppin' Science jams to great effect.

"Breathe" drops the tempo down to the 140-odd range with earthy rolling percussion, celestial atmospherics and the kind of studious and deliberate polyrhythmic funk wizardry that most producers don't cook up in a lifetime of releases, never mind on their honest-to-god-damn debut.

The 97-98 EP is out on 17 November on Rua Sound.

All tracks by Russ Brooker

Mastering by Bob Macc @ Subvert Central

Original Artwork by Ciarán MacChoncarraige

Graphic Design by DJ Egg

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