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Album Review

Lesley Rankine, aka Ruby and formerly of Silverfish, took her time releasing Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool, the follow-up to her acclaimed solo debut, Salt Peter. But she made up for lost time with this remix album, which was released only two months after Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool. It features contributions by names that will probably be familiar only to adepts of remix culture: Kid 606 applies advanced tweakage and glitchery to "Lilypad"; Aksun turns "Waterside" into a strange excursion into deep house; Schnieder TM brings the dirty funk for his mix of "Grace." Only one or two mixes fail to add new interest to the original song (unfortunately, one of the least interesting is the album' s opening track). Overall, this is an excellent companion to a very fine album.


Formed: 1994 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ruby was the alias of singer Lesley Rankine, previously the frontwoman of Scottish noise-provocateurs Silverfish. After leaving the group in the wake of their 1993 LP Fuckin' Drivin' or What, Rankine relocated from London to Seattle to collaborate with producer Mark Walk, with whom she'd previously worked on material for the industrial collective Pigface. Dubbing the project Ruby -- a name shared by both of their maternal grandmothers -- Rankine and Walk created a sonic backdrop closer to electronica...
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