Cap-loving Mancunian eccentric Ruf Dug seems to be riding the crest of a wave at the moment. After a promising start to his career, he seems to have settled into a groove, making quality analogue jams that play around with genres wonderfully. He's at it again here. While the title track is to all intents and purposes house, its warm bassline and distorted drums are supplemented by melancholic synths and vintage melodies. Bonus cuts "Ruffy's Day Out" (a sparse, slow and dubbed-out number influenced by proto-house) and "Late Cruise" (Onra on crack, with all manner of spiralling electronics) are equally as potent. If that wasn't enough, label boss Zoovox provides a beautiful, delay-laden dub of the title track complete with densely layered percussion. Near perfect.
Following Ruf Dug's captivating debut album Island on Music For Dreams last year, which garnered great reviews and attained success worldwide, the label is releasing a four track remix EP here entitled Island Remix EP 1. Featuring inspired remixes from some of the top tracks on the album, it's the first of two remix EPs leading up to the release of Ruf Dug's second album on Music For Dreams. Remixes include Peaking Lights' Disco Dub remix of "Speedboat", "Tendacayou" (2814 Remix), "Rasta Beach" (Al Breadwinner Mix 2) and an ambient instrumental mix of "Dominica!" by label head honcho Kenneth Bager.
The latest UTTU drop sees the first tangible material from RuF Dug and Samrai, two long term fixtures on the Manchester clubbing scene and close friends. Of the two RuF Dug will probably be the more familiar to those outside of MCR, thanks to his Ruf Kutz label and prospering production output for Sud, Porn Wax, Banoffee Pies and more though Swing Ting man Samrai has been cutting his teeth of late with drops on Niche N Bump and Keysound. It's fairly hard to drop genre bombs on their two tracks here with both "1st Observation" and "2nd Observation" throwing various stylistic elements into the mixer and evening them out over some nicely left leaning house rhythms. Mood Hut's Hashman Deejay and rising Aussie production unit Zanzibar Chanel are great picks for remix purposes, adding further sonic personality to a record that stands apart from a lot of current "deep house".
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