We generally shy away from tipping artists for great things - it can be a curse - but it's a safe bet to say that Sam Ruffillo will make an impact in 2023. The young Italian producer has not a put foot wrong on his earlier releases, and this expansive EP - which further defines a trademark sound that blends references to classic Italian and American house with nods to jazz-funk, broken beat, soul and boogie - is his best work yet. There are original and instrumental mixes of four cuts: the boogie bass and kaleidoscopic house colour of 'Just Fine', the electrofunk-meets-Italo-disco excellence of 'Mind & Soul (Italo Version)'. Elsewhere, Ash Lauryn turns unreleased cut 'Don't Think Twice' into a subtly disco-tinged deep house body-warmer, while Art of Tones delivers two passes on 'Mind & Soul' - a glistening, sun-bright vocal version that sounds like a classic Dave Lee production, and an equally as impressive, vocal-free Dub Mix.
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