Artist: Victor Ruiz
Title: Beirut EP
Cat. #: DC262
Format: Digital / Vinyl
Release date: July 8, 2022
Drumcode is thrilled to welcome back Victor Ruiz for his first label release in nearly two years, following two EPs ‘Freedom’ and the collaborative ‘Consciousness’ with Pig&Dan, plus a standout single ‘Love Story’ on A-Sides Vol.10, which made him the imprint’s most prolific contributor in 2020.
Since then, highlights for Victor include playing our Drumcode takeover at Warehouse Project, collaborating with Hannes Bieger on his acclaimed ‘Balance Presents’ album and joining the line-up for Time Warp Brazil.
His four-tracker ‘Beirut’ signalises another pivotal step forward for the São Paulo-born artist. Ruiz has always operated at the more emotive end of the techno spectrum and this opus exemplifies his ability to craft dramatic tension and beauty in equal doses.
The title track is dedicated to one of his favourite cities. “’Beirut’ is a very emotional song and at the same time, very powerful. Just like the city. I wanted to make a track that would be beautiful and a kicker at the same time,” he tells of the sublime nine-minute anthem-in-the-making.
‘Confession’ shows another side of his production palette; eerie and intense, it’s led by a searing synth lead and smoky vox. ‘Jurema’ takes inspiration from the famous Brazilian spiritual tree and features vocals in Portuguese talking about mysticism, all the while crafting a belter with organic drums and sounds of nature to transmit the feeling of being in the jungle. The EP rounds out with ‘Omen’, a peak-time piston with a huge melodic lead designed for big festival moments.
All tracks from the ‘Beirut’ EP will feature in Victor’s new ‘Live’ concept, where he dismembers parts of his catalogue and creates new versions of his tracks.