Ruf Dug & Private Joy

Don't Give In

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International Feel

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Manchester’s Balearic synth provocateur Ruf Dug teams up with Private Joy for a sizzling slice of laidback street soul - if the streets were lined with palm trees, that is. Ruffy admits to not having any recollection of making the beat, which adds to the sundrenched, day-dream quality. Modulated pads evaporate in the heat haze, while a synth saxophone riff dances on the breeze, all setting the scene for a tropically-tinged marimba and a piano solo that respectfully nods to Vladimir Cosma’s Sentimental Walk. When Gerd enquired about a possible vocal, Ruffy reached out to Private Joy, who sings like the fate of the track was entwined with her own, and it elevates the track to a whole other soulful level. In true ‘90s tradition, Ruffy delivers an alternate reggae mix for the flip, putting an off-beat bump to the track, while the instrumental versions shine a light on Ruffy’s pitch-perfect production, and provide plenty of ammunition for acapellas of all sorts. Highly recommended! 


Matt says: Firmly in a newly established purple patch, local superstar Ruffy continues his sterling run of 12"s with a doozy of a street soul hit, introducing us to the joyous vox of Private Joy and even nudging in a slinky digi-reggae version to boot. Massive!


1 Ruf Dug X Private Joy - Don’t Give In (Street Soul Vocal Version)
2 Ruf Dug X Private Joy - Don’t Give In (Street Soul Instrumental Version)
3 Ruf Dug X Private Joy - Don’t Give In (Reggae Vocal Version)
4 Ruf Dug X Private Joy - Don’t Give In (Reggae Instrumental Version)

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