It was 2013 when the first seed was sown in ​Karel Eggerding ​AKA ​Rustig​, ​and ​Fuji Rademaker AKA ​Jules Rêver​’s sonic partnership. Since then, the Dutch pair have collaborated as ​RUR - an electronic duo with their roots planted firmly in the 90s. Their sound blends their 90s influences with a modern techno feel, resulting in productions that are unmistakably ​RUR​ in nature.

Taking coinciding piano lessons may well have been the best decision ​Karel and ​Fuji ever made and, while the piano tuition may not have lasted, their friendship did. They soon saw the sense in collaborating, and they combined ​Karel’​ s production with ​Fuji​’s pitch-shifted vocals to produce their first track, ​Clouds​. With their first success under their belts, they went on to collaborate on several more recordings, before making it official. ​RUR ​was born and with it a sound that the pair have made truly their own.

The two cite influences ranging from literary science fiction (the name ​RUR ​is taken from a theatrical performance in which the word ​‘robot’ ​was first used) through to those of a sonic persuasion - ​Speedy J​, ​Blawan​, ​Kendrick Lamar​, and ​The Beastie Boys​, to name but a minute selection. Such influences, as well as the wider 90s techno, electro, and hip-hop scenes in general, can be heard throughout the ​RUR ​back catalogue.

Locking themselves in the studio isn’t the only criteria on ​RUR​’s to-do list, though. They frequently take their sounds public, and have previously graced the stage at ​Sugar Factory​, ​Paradiso​, and Doka - the club in which they presented their 2015 debut album, ​H+ as part of an audiovisual piece in conjunction with ​V-Motions​. Festivals include ​Patterns​ and ​Mystic Garden​.

Behind the mixing desk, though, ​Rustig ​and ​Jules ​make use of a selection of hardware, recorded into Ableton and resulting in their unique sound, which made it to no less than six releases on Natural Behave in 2018. A similar set-up is taken on the road, as ​Ableton Live meets drum machine and synth, with ​Fuji​ controlling his pitch-shifted vocals with a range of stomp-boxes.

With support coming from the likes of ​Erol Alkan​, ​Alex Bau, The Advent, Chris Liebing, Cari Lekebusch, Dj Emerson, Subjected, Submerge, Marcel Dettmann, 2000 and one, Scuba​, ​Radio Slave​, ​Renaat Vandepapeliere​, and ​Maceo Plex​, it is plain to see why ​RUR are fast becoming the name on everyone’s lips.



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