The UK is grooming a number of sample heavy boogie boys. Caught somewhere between the synth jams of NotNotFun/100% Silk and the cosmic underground of People’s Potential Unlimited this rave cave endemic is on the cards. Cassette only rawness for retina burning finger reachers.
RufDug is spearheading the trend with micro house jams, layers of melodies packed in and delivered at a low swinging groove. Unlike the synthetic drones of FutureBoogie, the absorbing hedonism Ruf is hypnotic and spiralling. Away from droning, absorbing bass notes Ruf championed nimble, cerebral sounds.
The fidelity to the samples is matched with an irreverence for copyright laws and a fidelity to music at its most underground and progressive. Playing with tempo and syncopation to the point of no return. At present this mischief can leave the music crude, unmastered and catatonic. But with labels forming and thoughts turning to production we've reached the start of something new.
At the other end of the label is whiz kid Ste Spandex who meets MPC-driven sampling with charged knob twiddling. The results can be anything from HI NRG disco, to slugging house grooves. His is a sound looking to bastardise house tropes and deconstruct the boogie to its base funk. What links them is their music pointing to the infinite and the impossible. That at the heart of this is a technological warfare with analog machines placed at the fore. That the aim is to extend raves, not drop names. To organically grow unmoved by commercial pressures.
RED LAZER DISCO ESSENTIALS:
RUFDUG - ‘CASSETTE BOOGIE 1’ (RUF KUTZ)
SET SPANDEX - ‘I WANNA KNOW IF I GOT TO MOVE MY BODY’ (RED LASER RECORDS)
METRODOME - ‘MY WAY’ (RED LASER RECORDS)