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Third studio album of downtempo, glitchy electronica from Essex-born Stuart Howard

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Feels like a far more considered, cerebral effort than Lapalux has delivered before
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  2. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    A record that you can quite easily put on in the background as you go about your day, letting the other-worldly notes wash over you, but to hear its true colours you need to really concentrate and immerse yourself in its dense atmospheres
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  3. 8.0 |   The 405

    Throughout Ruinism Howard is subverting expectations in this way, leaving you unsure where you are or what will happen next – much like that hypnogagic state he seems to be obsessed with
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  4. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    Both onimous and gorgeous, it’s an album of two halves that tiptoes into a purgatory state
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    As polished and well-realized as any of his output thus far
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    One of the stand-out electronic releases of the year so far
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Sampling and re-sampling his recordings, shifting their pitch and contorting them, he’s fashioned a collection that is at turns brutal and reassuring, discordant and harmonious
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  8. 8.0 |   The Music

    Quite a remarkable listening experience that fully captures the same weightless sensation of the record's key inspiration
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  9. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    We’ll be playing this album repeatedly the rest of the year
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  10. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Veers off into the abstract, somewhere between a classical and post-electro mindset. Its many guests are never spotlit and yet its textures never lack a human soul
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  11. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There’s something about Ruinism that sucks you into its world. It’s beauty amid chaos and it’s easy to let your inhibitions go and just fall into it
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    A forward-thinking LP full of exciting, manipulated textures, accompanied by moments of subtlety
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  13. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Ruinism’s most cathartic moments are its most accessible
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