Grinkgo is the second release this year from French "melodicbreakcore" artist Ruby My Dear. At five tracks long it uses the space to navigate through a dizzying breadth of sonic concepts. If Grinkgo is Pandora's Box, "Mashed Rope" is a first peek at the chaos—a writhing tumult of electronic creatures lashed together with classical stamps that feel increasingly strained by the breakcore pressure. In the last 30 seconds the final staccato string snaps and as wailing opera shards provide the soundtrack, the demonic creatures escape…
"Gherkin To Chlorine" begins with a drugged "Come on my Selector" intro but quickly leaves the Squarepusher hi-hats behind, diving straight into a raga-spiked onslaught of IDM-motorbike breaks, occasionally dipping into gabba-like pulses. Don't be fooled by the spacy reggae lure of "Inek"—this is another raga-jungle effort that strands you even deeper into gabba territory with no other alternative but to dance, dance, dance, dance…but just as it switches up to Hellfish/DJ Producer darkness the reggae stab returns for an IDM finale. "EsikIclik" is probably the most incoherent track on the EP, beginning with Middle Eastern-tinged big beat before mashing together more raga, rap and opera samples with layers of IDM percussion, bassline wobble and moody drum and bass atmospherics, with a token toe dip in the gabba pool. The whole thing concludes with a melancholic tapestry of classical-meets-breakcore, a style pioneered by Venetian Snares and his acclaimed 2005 album Rossz Csillag Alatt Született. But while it may be easy to call "7C0" a cheap "Szamár Madár," the nostalgic gramophone-esq intro and final descent into jazzy Warp scapes makes it stand up on its own.
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Tracklist: Ruby My Dear - Grinkgo 01. Mashed Rope
02. Gherkin To Chlorine
04. Esik Iclik