For the uninitiated, the man behind the music is a lifelong friend from Ruf Dug's Sydney sojourn, when the two would host mushroom squat parties with the rest of the Bodega Clan, and who helped mastermind the seminal Paradise Lost warehouse parties. Virtuously patient, the Australian spent the years since perfecting his craft, maxing out the XP and emerging as his evolved form, Inner Glow.
On the A-side, Inner Glow comes through with the two clubbiest cuts from the ‘Deep Waters’ cassette, unmixed, mastered loud and exclusive to vinyl. Already a firm favourite with Bradley Zero ‘Party People’ pulses on the A1, its one note bassline and taut pads keeping tension at a maximum. At the top of the frequency band sparse stabs and nuanced percussion dance in tandem, while the deft use of E-Smoove and First Choice acappellas provide an underground intertext Sprinkles would be proud of.
‘Call Me’ coaxes us into the shadow realm with the lure of Lynchian dialogue, slowly taking shape as a dub techno phantom. It’s a heads down affair as urgent subs push against the mist of static, until a rising, wriggling keyboard riff unwinds waists with a hint of UKG exuberance.
Inner Glow brings the beatific on the B-side’s ‘Love Has No Age’, combining rippling keys and MK vocal chops over waves of hiss and haze. The percussion combines classic house swing with the tinny hats of electro, keeping perfect time as the soulful vocals swell into the sublime.
Over the last twelve months Ruffy’s rocked the spot from Pikes to Houghton with these heaters, and now he’s sharing them with you.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Local legend Ruf Dug fires up the Ruf Kutz mill once again for an exquisite, royal outing by long term friend and Sydney underground star, Inner Glow.
A1. Party People
A2. Call Me
B1. Love Has No Age