Various Artists – Bologna On The Move

Various Artists – Bologna On The Move

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When people talk about Italian dance music, they tend to focus on Rome and Napoli rather than Bologna. Yet the city in Northern Italy not only played a key role in the development of Italo-house in the late 1980s and early 90s, but also boasts a vibrant contemporary scene. To prove the point, Boogie Caf has put together Bologna On The Move, a four-track selection of sizzling hot cuts from some of the citys latest wave of deep and soulful dance music talents. Leading the charge is Sam Ruffillo, a producer who first appeared on Boogie Caf last year following an impressive 2018 debut on Irma Dance floor. He kicks off proceedings with the infectious U Make Me Sing, a heavyweight slab of rolling breakbeat goodness rich in tight vocal samples, jazzy guitar licks and wonderfully warm and weighty bass. Later in the EP Ruffilo returns to action alongside Brine, another rising star with links to legendary Italian label Irma. Request Line is a fine slab of chunky, U.S garage-influenced deep house that sees the duo pepper swinging drums and toasty bass with heady organ stabs, cut-up vocal samples and trippy electronics. Fittingly, Brine gets a chance to showcase his skills as a solo producer via Star Chaser, a looser and jazzier house excursion that doffs a cap to the glory years of jazz-funk whilst championing rich deep house synth riffs, jaunty bass and more spaced-out vocal snippets. Youll hear a similar jazz-funk influence at the heart of the EPs only contribution from Red Rooster founder and former House of Disco artist DArabia. The most experienced of the three artists on show, he offers up Straight Outta Fire, a bouncy, deep and percussive affair that wraps drowsy male vocals, sustained chords and harmonica samples around disco-influenced house beats and what may well be the squelchiest bassline ever to emerge from Bologna.

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