A bastion for the Walkman-era lo-fi crackle in the post-Walkman age, Ruf Dug is an unheralded national treasure for UK dance music. Warm and wobbly – two words that could be applied to any number of different Ruf-affiliated activities: his own productions or DJ sets, his Dancers Wanted parties in Manchester, his tape-worshiping label Ruf Kutz or even his whole outlook and approach to his craft. It’s a real pleasure to have him on board for our charity Advent Calendar.
‘Jitter Ride’ combines all the elements you would expect from the Ruf Kutz head honcho. A well-crafted kick and undulating bass stabs soon give way to swelling synths and tropical tom-toms. All of Ruf Dug’s recognisable elements are present – vintage synth sounds rise above a rolling snare line – and although the mood is unmistakably mellow, there’s a resoluteness present that encourages you to put your drink down and amble towards the dancefloor.
In other news, we’ll be collaborating with Ruf Dug to bring something new to Gottwood next year.