RUF TAPES VOLUME 1


OK since I started doing Ruf Tapes a regular question has been "Are you gonna sell some tapes?"

It's a good question! I wanted to get a good number of mixes on the blog before doing anything like that but now over a year has passed since I started and so I figure it's time to SELL OUT!

I'm lucky that Tapeline is very close to my house so straight from deepest Bredbury comes this C60 full of rare, expensive and unreleased weaponry from the past, present and future... suitable for late drives and night dives, this tape will change your life. Also comes with download code for people who live in the 21st century.

Available from the RUF KUTZ CYBERSPACE BOUTIQUE!!!

Coming soon....

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Tape 11-B: DANCERS WANTED

Happy 2014 tapeheads!!! I'm B A C K with more tapes... 1st for the new year is a co-promo for a new dance in Manchester next weekend... I haven't played too many late-night dancefloors in my home town for a while, so I'm buzzing that I have a bi-monthly Saturday residency in the Soup Kitchen basement. Each dance is gonna be me plus one special guest playing all night long together... red lights only, DJR mixer, heads down, dress to sweat - DANCERS WANTED...


For our first guest my pal Marcel Vogel is coming across from Amsterdam with a massive bag of very dangerous records. He runs the ultra powerful Lumberjacks In Hell label, has an incredible collection of tunes, knows exactly how to use them for TOTAL IMPACT and is a very happy gentleman indeed.

Disco Lumberjack Is Coming To CHOP CHOP
So this week's tape is straight up pushing the dance... I put a bunch of tunes from Marcel's label on the mix, everything smashed together in a club vibe style... if you are in Manc or even just close on Feb 22 then you really should consider coming to Soup Kitchen... no messin, red lights all night, smoke machine, heavy tunes and lots of smiles... DANCERS WANTED

Tape 11-A: BENNY X RANDY X RUFFY

Manchester has the pleasure of the company of the inestimable Benny Badge for the next couple of months. This gent is part of the ongoing Australia - Manchester asset swap - we seem to be sending maniacs back and forth and Benny is the latest delivery. Sharp move arriving here just in time for winter while all your mates are at the beach. He's shivering a bit!!!

Benny Badge just ordered 2 Chip Barms. For Himself.
Good job we got lots of HEAT of other kinds here in Mancunia and so it was that yesterday my good pal Randy Marsh and I warmed young Benny up with zoots, ginger beer, chip barms and most importantly a trip around a few of the city's fine record shops for some finger dirtying... all three of us found some nice bits and so we went back to the Gravy Pit, stuck a tape in and took it in turns to throw on our new gear...

RM plotting a course for the Pyramid Suite
here you have it... three diggers back from a day's work down the mines sharing their bounty... as the man Marsh likes to say all hitters no shitters...


Tape 10-B: NEUROMANCER SOUNDTRACK


There were a few worlds I would escape to in my adolescence and William Gibson's future was one of them. I re-read Neuromancer recently and I still love it so much... quite a darkly humorous book in many ways but what strikes the most is how spot on so much of his predictions were... still waiting for some decent wetware though...

Every once in a while I get some music and it takes me back to Gibson's world again, be it a dingy bar in Chiba City, or the sensi-fuelled cabin of Maelcum's spaceship, or even the glistening neon abstraction of cyberspace itself.... this mix is a collection of some of those tracks, and of course it begins with the sound of a TV tuned to a dead channel...



Tape 10-A: ROBOT DANCING



Hey I'm BACK! Been a little bit of a break but I bought a new pack of tapes - we're on Maxell UR something or the other now, feeling the Mad Mike power on each and every tape and so in that spirit I thought first tape could be on a bit of a Detroit electro vibe...

Some will say the sound never dies but there does seem to be a bit more electro knocking around at the moment... This tape is a collection of some of the stuff that references / elaborates on this vibe... Get out the old 3-in-1, lubricate all your hinges and get ready for a funky shift on the assembly line...



Tape 9-B: AWESOME SEVENS FROM AFRICA


I fully adore African music. I always try and get a bit in to my DJ sets in one way or another, and certainly pretty much everything I play out is fairly directly informed by the immense variety of tones and rhythms coming from that continent.

I also have a small collection of music actually directly from Africa as well - it turns up in the 2nd hand shops from time to time, sometimes with exorbitant prices (hi there superfly) and other times you find some bargains. Like the time Reckless Records got a bunch of dusty Kenyan 7 inches in and were knocking them out for a couple of quid each. I bought a bunch (no listening) and boy there's some glorious music on these dirty old records - incredible long jammed grooves that go on forever, holding so much energy and powerful vibes!



Of course, a 10 minute jam and a 7 inch aren't natural pals so often the track is split across both sides, and so I do apologise in advance for the patent-pending "ruffy working the dub siren and echo box while he flips the record" intervals... oh and there's a couple of skips - this treasure is VERY dusty...

And of course, for those who don't know about it yet, the title of this week's tape is a coarse nod toward what is arguably the finest cassette-based blog out there, Awesome Tapes From Africa - get on it now!!!