“My culture is loud,” says George Ruby. Born in Xalapa, a city in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, his parents would drive him around the streets, stereo locked to Ravel’s ‘Bolero’, just to get him to sleep. We’re no experts, but we’re guessing that something like that might have a lasting impression on a kid. It certainly did something to George, whose idiosyncratic vision has been tapped for the next release on Point Blank Music, out this week. Three pieces of mutant, HD electronica that recall fellow genre frontiersmen Arca and Oneohtrix Point Never. Yet beneath the gloss there’s something disarmingly human – George’s voice.
The ‘Creatures’ EP – available now on iTunes, Beatport and Spotify – is a realisation of George’s unusual intersection of styles, ideas and genres that goes right back to his childhood. At 16, he was unpicking a knot of musical influences – from Tosca to Miles Davis via Thievery Corporation – in his first musical project, an experimental rock band called Vox Movil. Attempting to corral his influences, he studied singing and music theory at the School of Jazz in the Universidad Veracruzana, but soon discovered he was limited by the conventional approach. “I started producing music around that time.” Explains George, “When all the sounds in my head were too much for just my voice and a guitar.”
It was while he was travelling in the UK that George’s unique sound really began to emerge, immersing himself in the sound system culture of Brighton, Bristol and London he was reinvigorated by the ideas percolating throughout these scenes. “I was so inspired that that I decided to concentrate on music production as much as possible, and started watching the Point Blank Music School videos,” he says. “I discovered artists like James Blake, Curumin, Portico, Alex Banks, Baileys Brown, Cashmere Cat and others, all of whom continue to inspire me today”.
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