Various Artists | Structures And Solutions: 1996-2016 (Blueprint)
James Ruskin and Blueprint are two names synonymous with British techno. Ruskin has never really put into words what makes a Blueprint record, but the label has one the most distinctive catalogues of its era. Aside from the music’s excellent production quality and propensity for detailed sound design, a defining characteristic might be the creeping tension in many of its releases, or the visceral head trip they guarantee.
Blueprint has maintained its identity through a few phases. There were the ’96-’99 years, when Ruskin and Richard Polson were releasing as Outline and Oliver Ho’s funky tribal sound was emerging, and then the ’00s, when Polson left Ruskin’s deep and driving style to crystallise. Polson’s sudden departure in ’06 caused both Blueprint and its owner to take a break, but since 2009 they’ve returned with a clear sense of purpose. The label’s most recent chapter has abandoned its exclusivity in order to widen its purview, bringing on board artists like Lakker, Sigha and Samuel Kerridge. Blueprint has also become a place for old friends like Surgeon and Oliver Ho, and a platform for Ruskin’s collaborations with Regis (as O/V/R) and Mark Broom to bloom.