Review: Young Italian DJ/producer Sam Ruffillo recently staked his claim to being "one to watch" by contributing two brilliant, musically expansive tracks to Boogie Caf? Records' essential "Bologna On The Move" EP. Here he provides further proof of his "rising star" status via a debut EP on Toy Tonics. It's an assured and surprisingly mature EP, with Ruffillo adding all manner of neat, often jazz-funk-influenced musical touches to a thickset deep house groove on opener "Ride My Bike" and the jazzier, more percussive dancefloor bliss of "Midnight Funk". "Playa Bola" is a dreamy and drowsy slab of organic deep house soul rich in electric piano solos, while "Surf Ways" sees him pepper a seductive house groove with warm chords and playful flute solos. In a word: superb.
Review: In honour of the imprint's fifth birthday, Boogie Caf? founders Jimmy The Twin and Alex Dinham have decided to offer up a first label compilation containing previously unheard tracks from their growing family of artists. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing among the woozy deep house, shuffling broken beats, seductive synth-boogie and retro-futurist US garage on offer, with highlights including the musically expansive brilliance of Sean McCabe's "Infinity", the slick New Jersey bump of Goshawk's "Home (Throwback Vibe Mix)", the Balearic nu-disco bliss of Piers Kirwan's "Shout", the spacey Afro-bruk shapes of EVM128's "Tuff" and the sub-heavy dancehall-soul bounce of Haze City's broken house gem "Yer Tiz". Top stuff from the Bristol-based imprint: don't let it pass you by!