Michael Ruffino

Mike Ruffino is an American music composer and bass player at The Unband. You won't probably find many information about him on Google because maybe, even if you try digitally, you should look for it on the old school way, I mean, caring. With a few clicks you'll discover some amazing compositions that will catch you immediately. I leave here this post "Michael Ruffino for beginners" with a couple of covers on the uncertain authorship, folk classic The House of Rising Sun (you surely remember The Animals' cover too). Some people says that the original song comes from the early 1900 while the first proof of its written lyrics dates from 1925.

It sounds truly amazing (I know) and like a big excuse for me to take a look on Ruffino's Soundcloud but, if you still don't give a shit, I'll let you know what caught me when I discovered him a few years ago: the music set Saigon Garage. Such an exquisite taste.

From there I fall into all his works for the TV Show 'Parts Unknown', 'No Reservations' and 'The Layover' and, maybe a little bit late (probably yes after all these years), I most recently started following him on Soundcloud and other platforms with the hope of finding new songs. So now, I don't really know what was first for me, Anthony Bourdain or Mike Ruffino? The chicken or the egg? The connection between the narrative of sounds and images is brutal. I mean, who delivers this quality for television right now? It's crazy.


I don't get a word of what he says but I do like his stuff. I discovered German rapper Trettman a few months ago on Youtube and I do not why, but today I've came back to his music.

I quickly shared it with some German friends which told me that, like his sounds, his lyrics are also good. Well, far enough for me coming if it comes from a pretty elegant Deutsche discovery. Great discovery.

He's, obviously, on Spotify, but I also recommend a proper look into his Soundcloud (where the rough diamonds are).


A couple of months ago I discovered Meute -a German Techno Marching Band, thanks to any kind of recommendation on Facebook (someone from my personal contacts liked this video, probably). 

I need to confess that I am not very into these bands, but Meute is great! And I do love them because they are LIVE MUSIC at its purest essence! Pure technique. Pure fun. Pura vida! Germans are born with techno in their blood.

I highly recommend a look on their Youtube channel because is full of live music (where you will feel the singularity of this band), but they're also have some studio recordings on Spotify.

Nadia Rose - On Top + Highly Flammable

I was on my way to Brixton when I took an Evening Standard in Bermondsey to have something to read on the train. In those pages I discovered the Croydon MC Nadia Rose -she catched my attention immediately with her extremely confident presence. Then I just passed my eyes over the interview, pretty quickly, and I found the name of Stormzy, and boom! They're cousins! So I read the whole interview. I know it's ridiculous, and probably she doesn't deserve my attention on that way -because she's utterly talented, but I don't need to lie. That's how this morning I remember her and how I opened Spotify to look for her music, and I tell you, she has it! Amazing new single 'On Top' and brilliant first album 'Highly Flammable' from 2017. I know she's gonna kill the scene massively pretty soon.