Carling Ruse

Born into a family of musicians, and formerly a member of her school’s band, San Jose-based Carla Villescaz began experimenting with production in high school. Inspired by her father, a jazz drummer, and fueled by a self-described “deep connection with music,” Villescaz began producing under the Carling Ruse moniker in 2011, creating R&B-flavored trap beats with a feminine sound. Infamous for her chopped sampling of Destiny’s Child vocals on more than one occasion, Carling Ruse gained early notoriety for her interpretation of their 2004 hit Cater 2 U – a rework that garnered even more attention upon its re-release in a Bandcamp edition that pitted Virginia-based producer Ruddyp's version against hers. A regular contributor to Sunday Records, the independent label run by Australian producer Ta-Ku, Carling’s debut EP is set to release this year.

Opening with Aurora by Oslo’s Cashmere Cat, Carling Ruse’s exclusive mix for SSENSE features her own rework of DE$IGNATED’s Valentine, plus bootlegs from Ruddyp, Sweater Beats, Ta-Ku, and Blackbird Blackbird.

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Cashmere Cat Aurora

Bone Thugs and Harmony Thuggish Ruggish Bone

DE$iGNATED Valentine ft. Kyiki

Ginuwine Differences (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)

Gillette Short D*@! Man

Ginger & The Ghost One Type Of Dark (Ta-ku Remix)

A$AP Rocky PMW (Ruddyp Bootleg)

Yung Satan Out

Rihanna Birthday Cake (Sweater Beats Bootleg)

Bear//Face Taste My Sad

Taquwami All My Life

DE$iGNATED Valentine ft. Kyiki (Carling Ruse Remix)

Carling Ruse for SSENSE

This mix is just a small piece of things that inspire me and overall promotes healthy good vibes


Carling Ruse