Born out of a chance encounter in 2012 that led to a lasting friendship, Rhythm Section Intäó»l & producer, DJ, label boss, radio host, and record store owner Ruf Dug join forces to present äóÖThe Committeeäó». Sitting somewhere between fictional band and studio collaboration, the record is the first fully in_house production for Rhythm Section, recorded start to finish at their own South East London studio and featuring vocals from label founder Bradley Zero and label mate FYI Chrisäó»s Chris Watson.
Right from the studioäó»s initial creation, Ruf Dug felt inspired by the spaceäó»s unique musical identity, jumping at the opportunity to create a collaborative record there over a two week studio residency. And betwe en his DJ r esidencies at Pikes, Gottwood and NTS radio the Manchester_via_Ibiza computer game freak and renowned vinyl digger found the time to meld his wide range of influences. Having been a key driving force behind Be With äó»s Holy Grail reissue of BíÇäó»vel's _ Check 4 U, Ruffy has more than earned his stripes as a boss level Street Soul collector, pre_empting the resurgent interest in the genre, which began in the mid 80s and is still a popular sound in Manchester today. This new release draws parallels between the DIY attitude of Street Soul labels like TSR, Intrigue, Jam Today & Elite andæthe modus operandi of the RS studio.
A wholly synergetic work, the projectäó»s title äóìThe Committeeäó reflects the collaborative nature of this release, as Ruf Dug states: äóì Authorship is a strange concept at the best of times but this genuinely is a group effort and I very much enjoyed feeling like just one piece of a larger entity _ the com plete opposite to my usual production experience of being all alone in my room for days at a time.äó The EP also features additional production from Rhythm Sectionäó»s own Mali Baden_-Powell, who DJäó»s and produces as Z Lovecraft and comes from a background in StreetSoul music, his father was also in legendary UK acid jazz collective D'Influence. In addition, the record features a dynamic range of vocalists: sultry deliveries from Natalie Wildgoose and Sienna Mustafa, a rap from her sister Nadina, and the vocal debuts of FYI Chrisäó»s Chris Watson and Bradley Zero. äóìI had been joking with Bradley that he needed to be on the record somehow and he did appear, playing an egg shaker at one point, but his singing wasn't in the least bit planned... I got back from lunch, and the next thing you know he just starts singing...So I dragged him reluctantly down the corridor [to the studio] and that's it_ now he's a pop star!äó
Also playfully melding digidub, soul, chicago house and acid jazz, the release not only marks a new chapter in the development of the Rhythm Section sound, but also catalogues a crucial turning Point in Ruf Dugäó»s musical development. Still oozing with the cheeky DIY approach that won his own label, RUF KUTZ an army of fans, this latest Collab steps things up and opens a whole new realm of possibilities for one of Manchesteräó»s favourite sons.æ