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Technicolour trooper, 8 bit badman and DJ inspo Ruf Dug takes a break from his latest Mario speed-run, turns the air green and switches into studio mode with his first new music in OVER THREE YEARS!
So, welcome to "Ruffy's Island", a fun filled tropical hideaway which falls somewhere between Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, Pikes on the Club Trop shoot and the toilets at Cocktail D'Amore. Our host arrives in full safari suit, like a totally chill version of Robin Williams' dad in Jumanji, throws our luggage in the ocean and helps us aboard a Floridian drug yacht to start the party quicker than a call from Kickin' Pidge.
Jamming the ignition with an orgonite butt plug, Ruffy gets the engine purring nicely (or whatever the oceanic equivalent is), letting loose with neon tinged synth stabs, gurgling bass and a solid beat. Tacking between disco and house, the Ruf Kutz boss brings us to a peak via saturated chimes, wild percussion and some spaced out jazz-funk keys reminiscent of Harvey's Locussolus doing Kool & The Gang.
We disembark in the gloom of a "Techno Cave", flipping into Nightvision on the hunt for cyber tories and nug bandits. Swelling pads hint at Moritz & Mark's Berlin haze, while the sci fi synth tones and occasional Rhodes shimmer drop neat Motor City flashbacks. Fast paced, intense and ultra moody, this is Ruf Dug at his deepest - don't get it twisted.
Baddies banged out, we get to play the level in reverse thanks to a sizzling, shuffling machine funk remix from Detroit hero Sharif Laffrey, complete with whacked out radio static, off beat sampling and a wall shaking bassline. Hitting blocks, chomping mushrooms and sparking bongs, Ruffy unlocks a hidden exit in the cave wall, transporting us to interdimensional boss level "Abandoned Pyramid". Opening out after the claustrophobic Spelunker-vibe of the previous zone, it's all orange skies, excellent birds and 8-bit boulders here, a future primitive playground for the part time Zools and midlife Bandicoots. Ruffy creates an air of intensity via faux-pan pipe and moody bass throbs then has himself a little percussion party, tumbling tombs, bongo bango and 4/4 thump. Look left and he's clattering mallets, look right and he's rocking the keytar, but don't look away or you'll miss the cutscene. At the tip of the Pyramid, there's a treasure chest baby...and you got the secret, you've got the key. Just get there before the bad guys and a thousand Drench Coins will be yours...
Patrick says: The guy's a fucking hero. Moustache, keytar, jaunty hat - MCR's Mario doing his thing on Futureboogie. Bassline bubblers, techno tropical romps, jazzy keys and mystical movers from the one and only Ruf Dug - it's Ruffy's Island folks.
A1. Boat Party
A2. Techno Cave (Original Mix)
B1. Techno Cave (Sharif Laffrey Nightwork Remix)
B2. Abandoned Pyramid