Review: New label Lumbago drop a new, tasty, hand-stamped house belter to soothe all of your winter blues, and it's clear that the imprint are very much here to stay. Instead of going for the glory-hunting, they've decided to release music from a selection of rising names, but from the sounds of "Inappropriate" by 100Hz, the quality factor is very much present. Even Octave's "Racing", a rough, analog house banger with an industrial edge, packs enough of a punch to make us wonder why we haven't been name-dropping him more often. Over on the flip, Nightdrivers member Rufus, who is often heard alongside Mass Prod, drops the supremely funky "Conseguenza", a disco-tinged house roller that's given the dub-house treatment by the increasingly present Cab Drivers. Excellent material, right here.
Review: Aussie dance pop trio Rufus released their acclaimed sophomore effort the Bloom LP on hometown imprint Sweat It Out! back in 2016. The Sydney based outfit comprised of Jon George, Tyrone Lindqvist and James Hunt have gone on to critical success in the last few years, headlining concerts and festivals across the globe with their distinct brand of live EDM that borrows equally from deep house and nu-disco as it does from contemporary pop. Previously only available in their homeland, it now receives a global release. Featuring the singles "You Were Right" and "Like An Animal!" not to mention the heartfelt epic that is "Innerbloom," and the uplifting melody of "Say A Prayer For Me".
Review: It's been five years since Aussie indie-dance three piece Rufus raced to the top of the Australian album charts with their critically acclaimed debut album, Atlas. Here the album gets a fifth-anniversary vinyl repress. The track list remains the same, allowing newcomers a chance to bask in the riff-heavy, dewy-eyed bounce of "Sundream", the Balearic synth-pop cheeriness of "Tonight" and the slowly building, piano-laden shuffle of album standout "Rendezvous". Elsewhere, the heartfelt, deep synth-pop dreaminess of "Desert Night" and sun-bright rush of "Simplicity is Bliss" are also worth checking. In other words, it's a dreamy, melodious and attractive collection of electronic pop songs informed by nu-disco and soft focus house.
Review: Rufus is no stranger to the Bosconi camp, having previously released numerous EPs on their Extra Virgin offshoot. Here he transfers to the main label with a pleasingly varied EP. Each of the four tracks offers something different to discuss, from the skittish, jazz-influenced house breaks, chanted vocals and stretched-out melody lines of "Stranger Than Paradise", to the psychedelic-tinged stomp of wobbly acid track "A Mirage". Elsewhere, "Sleepy Song" is a bouncy but undeniably laid-back deep house cut with subtle disco influences, while Herva's remix of "Stranger Than Paradise" sits somewhere between jazz-jungle, experimental techno, and classic breakbeat house.