TANSTAAFL is an interesting proposition amongst the hustle and bustle of underground house and techno in Europe. The stamp encompasses a vinyl label, a radio show broadcast on FM in Berlin and online, and a club night that splits its time between Berlin and Bristol. It’s no surprise when the chief protagonists are John Osborn and October, residents of those respective cities but maintaining a long-distance music relationship like so many do. It’s just that, for all the air travel and dialogue between the major clubbing cities of Europe, not many people manage to strike up fruitful partnerships let alone keep them stoked.
Having had something of a gap in his release schedule after his Caravan label cooled off, suddenly we’re awash with new records from October. From the triumphant reviving of Will Saul’s Simple to imminent Applepips and Skudge releases, these new appearances have been far from disposable, and yet in the midst of the well-oiled press attention those labels enjoy, there’s a risk that October’s own TANSTAAFL imprint might get overlooked.