This is Potion number three. The Tuff City Kids have spent some time in the lab and created four fine potions to ease our ailments. Like memories of a Nexus 6, these tracks are machine made but feel organic, familiar and timeless. Programmed to make us dance, they reach straight for our brain’s motion centre. “Carden Eden” has been included in Prosumer’s fabric mix and we are proud to finally present it on vinyl, together with three brand new companions as “Underground House Research Vol. 2″. Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson have built an excellent reputation for the Tuff City Kids moniker in the three years they are releasing together. And if you got this far into reading this, you surely know already what absolute legends they are.
It’s the onset of a brave new era for Ostgut Ton as Panorama Bar 06 signals the label’s decision to halt the manufacturing of CDs for their much loved series of mixes. Due for free download via the Ostgut site on August 11, the Berlin operation have not forgone the vinyl format with all the exclusives gathered by mix curator Ryan Elliott pressed up across a pair of 12″ samplers. And boy did Elliott call in the favours with this first sampler featuring new and unreleased music from Newworldaquarium, Roman Flugel, Terrence Dixon, Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity. It is an overall exquisite selection, running from the ambience of NWAQ’s contribution to Flugel’s big room stomper and the sweeter, more playful sounds of Tuff City Kids and Borrowed Identity.
Two brand new remixes of Sparky’s eternal Numbers anthem Portland by Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson & Phillip Lauer). Having requested the parts of the original track, the intrepid duo travelled back in time to the year 1991, set up their samplers and got busy with the breakbeats and euphoric synth pads.
Running Back boss Gerd Janson and fellow German Phillip Lauer are Tuff City Kids and are the next pairing to contribute to Delsin’s house leaning series. Opener ‘HFS’ is a louche and laid back affair. It’s a spacious track with plenty of ambient textures as well as hollow sounding melodies and more grating percussive stabs. A beguiling combination of the blissful and the brutal its about as fresh as house can sound in the modern day. The more kinetic ‘Wendy (Girlfriend 43 Piano Mix)’ is underpinned by a rasping, hiccupping bassline and is built on heavy rubber kicks whilst a lead melody brings a sense of brightness to the otherwise murky mix. Completing the fine trio of tracks on vinyl is ‘Reeze’. With its well-defined drums and snares, ramshackle percussive flourishes and juddery bass, it’s a sketchy slo-jam that will work crowds into a stupor with ease.
German producer Subjected’s Vault Series label has put out a series of excellent, hard-edged techno releases and now the focus turns to remixers. It’s testament to the label’s stature that it is able to get producers like Developer and Shifted involved. For his part, the mysterious UK producer delivers a bleak, jacking take on “005.7”, his razor-wire percussion marking out nightmarish riffs and insistent tonal blips. Developer’s contribution is as impressive, with waves of hissing hats providing the basis for a swelling chord progression. The release also features a rare remix from Gerd Janson; working with Philip Lauer as Tuff City Kids, he turns “005.7” into a jittery, busy house groove. Completing the package is Moerbeck’s grinding, quasi-industrial take on “005.7”.
Made in the basement of an old tram station circa 1990 in a town that was probably London, Hugh Manes first and only release so far consists of hidden gems on a vintage DAT. “Back Life” is the name of this EP’s back bone. A reflexion about golden age deep house, early morning baby powder dreams or epiphanies on strawberry fields. “Hard To Finish If You’re Finish” and “My Midi Is A Mess” are the continuation of those visions, while “Fukdemdiscoidkids” via a Tuff City Kids edit is a rough and ready beat track.