UQ boss Jus-Ed always brings a sense of serene and spaced-out futurism to his label. Ruh's shadowy new sound fits perfectly with that aesthetic. All of these tracks have swathes of humid headroom to drift about in. Most consist of little more than kick drums, wispy pads and seductive basslines. Ruh is at her best when working with the fewest elements, such as on the deeply enticing prowler that is "My Cave," or during the grainy dub caverns of "Dirty Egg." These are spacious tracks with subliminal rhythms that place you right at their pillowy core.
This is not an album that needs to be dissected to be enjoyed: from start to finish it easily holds your attention. The rainy pitter-patter and looped vocal murmurs of "Solstice" make for an intimate opener that really pulls you in, and from there the grooves grow more strident and upright, peaking early with the sweaty, pumping house of "Got To Work." Carrying on in that direction could lead only to fatigue, so Ruh wisely pulls back and rebuilds with the deep, corrugated acid gurgles of "Education." It might sound clichéd, but this album proves in exemplary fashion that staying true to yourself really is the only way to go.