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The Lifesaver Compilation (Vinyl Extraction)
PLAYRJC 024
28 May 13
Deep House
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Roman Flugel - "More Is Not Enough (Heaven Or Hell?)" - (6:20) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lauer - "Hector" - (6:59) 120 BPM
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San Laurentino - "Final Landing" - (5:28) 120 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "People Is A Crackhead (Tuff Hamlet Riddim)" - (6:52) 115 BPM
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Played by: Sven Vath
Panorama Bar 06 Part I
OTON 081
11 Aug 14
Deep House
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Newworldaquarium - "Thousand Oaks" - (3:44) 152 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "The Odd Lobster" - (5:17) 122 BPM
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Terrence Dixon - "Innocence" - (5:35) 126 BPM
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Borrowed Identity - "Leave Me" - (5:54) 126 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "Breacher" - (5:56) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: 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 Neworldaquarium, 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.
5 Years Of Gruuv Vol 3
GRU5YR 3
06 Jul 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Oxia & Yannick Baudino - "Simple Life" - (7:00) 123 BPM
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A1 Bassline - "Hold" - (6:02) 125 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "Taddler" - (5:50) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Kyodai - "The Place To Be" - (7:06) 121 BPM
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Review: Starting out as a digital-only label before blossoming into the distinguished operation it is today, Audiojack's Gruuv label has been host to high-end work from names both familiar and unfamiliar over the years. In celebrating five years of sterling operation, the imprint hits volume three of its festivities with another killer selection of artists on offer. Oxia and Yannick Baudino team up for the plush, steady-rolling tech house funk of "Simple Life", while A1 Bassline brings a bouncy, tom-infused swinger to bear with the addictive "Hold". Tuff City Kids have their unabashed old skool hat on for the hooky chord stabs and breakbeat chops of "Taddler", and Kyodai mixes things up with a broken beat twist on euphoric deep house music.
Bobby Tacker EP
UNTERTON 02
20 Aug 12
Techno
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Sfs - (7:22) 124 BPM
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Bias - (6:35) 122 BPM
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Begger - (6:33) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Gerd and Phil land their first set of original Tuff City Kids tracks in style, taking the controls for the second release on Unterton, the newly established offshoot of Ost Gut Ton. The Bobby Tacker EP has Janson and Lauer crafting three tracks of beefcake house with one clear purpose in mind, and executed with the skills they've honed over countless excellent remixes under the Tuff City Kids banner over the years. Lead track "SFS" wastes no time in playing its trump card; a glossy, thick synth line that pulses all the way through the track while the bottom end comes on all rugged and antsy. Meanwhile "Bias" exercises an air of restraint, letting a simple beat unfold while a tense string edges in from the side hinting at the fearsome techno line that growls in the lower register, imbued with the DNA of dub but twisted to a malevolent intent. Finally "Begger" kicks off on some booming Chicago drums slowed down to a modern cruise, but once again it's a powerful lead synth that rules the day.
Adoldesscent
PERMVAC 1532
14 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Ophmar - (3:11) 115 BPM
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Wake People - (5:55) 114 BPM
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Tuff City Kids With Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" - (6:02) 120 BPM
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Nordo - (6:47) 123 BPM
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R-Mancer - (4:27) 122 BPM
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Tuff City Kids With Annie - "Labyrinth" - (5:01) 122 BPM
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Tuff City Kids With Kelley Polar - "Aska" - (6:05) 124 BPM
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Boilered - (6:02) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tuff City Kids With Jasnau - "Scared" - (5:20) 120 BPM
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Farewell House - (5:29) 123 BPM
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Review: Here's something to write home about: a surprise debut album from on-point retro-futurists Tuff City Kids, AKA Running Back boss Gerd Janson and old pal Phillip Lauer. Given the opportunities for expression offered by the album format, it's perhaps unsurprising to find that they've decided against packing it entirely with hustling, warehouse-ready old skool house jams. Instead, their usual vintage synth stabs and drum machine rhythms are put to work on tracks that variously doff a cap to skewed synth-pop (Joe Goddard collaboration "Tell Me", Annie hook-up "Labyrinth"), cello-laden late night house (Kelley Polar hook-up "Aska"), acid-flecked electro ("Boilered"), early Human League tributes ("Scared"), and blissfully positive electronica ("Farewell House").
Parallel Forest EP
INT 030
27 Oct 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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PF01 - (4:37) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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PF02 - (6:42) 124 BPM
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PF03 - (6:15) 126 BPM
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PF04 - (5:37) 128 BPM
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Review: Following well-regarded outings on Unterton and Delsin, Gerd Janson and Philip Lauer bring their Tuff City Kids project to Prins Thomas' Internasjonal imprint. Predictably, there's much to admire about the Parallel Forest EP, not least the wide-eyed electronics, disarming effects and analogue deep house shuffle of "PF01". There's more vintage electronics and ear-pleasing melodies to be found on the acid-influenced goodness of "PF02", while "PF03" sounds like a long-lost demo for a late '80s deep house/synth-pop crossover (minus the vocals, of course). If you're after something a little more gritty, head for "PF04", whose sparse but intense arpeggios, analogue beats and intoxicating electronics recall the more experimental end of early Chicago house.
Roby Tease EP
DSR-H 7
11 Nov 13
Techno
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HFS - (6:31) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wendy (Girlfriend 43 piano mix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
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Reeze - (4:34) 120 BPM
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Wendy (Girlfriend 44 piano mix) - (5:58) 125 BPM
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Review: Having started out as a remix-orientated project, the Tuff City Kids pairing of Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer are increasingly being regarded as producers of original club ready material. Since debuting in high profile fashion with a EP for Ostgut sub-label Unterton last year, the hirsute pairing have grace both Live At Robert Johnson and Sven Vath's Cocoon with original material. A debut on Delsin's house focused series seems right in line with the Tuff City Kids trajectory and their talents for hard-edged yet melodic house productions are on full display with the Roby Tease EP. Lead track "HFS" sets the tone perfectly with blissful textural touches that feel like a Lauer trademark lent a sense of subtle brutishness by the rise and tide of the rhythmic elements, while "Wendy (Girlfriend 43 Piano Mix)" is a contrast of 90s piano house and more steely contemporary techno. Janson and Lauer's production versatility is further demonstrated with final cut "Reeze" that operates at a slower tempo that showcases the well-defined drums and snares, ramshackle percussive flourishes and juddery bass.
Tell Me/R-Mancer (Remixes)
PERMVAC 1571
21 Apr 17
Deep House
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Tuff City Kids with Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Tensnake remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
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Tuff City Kids with Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Joe Goddard remix) - (6:09) 120 BPM
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R-Mancer (Roman Fluegel Happy Gerdy remix) - (7:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tell Me (Tensnake instrumental remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
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Tell Me (Joe Goddard instrumental remix) - (6:09) 120 BPM
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Review: Lauer and Gerd Janson aka Tuff City kids emerged with "Tell Me" featuring Hot Chip's Joe Goddard on vocals back in late 2016 on Permanent Vacation, but now it's time for the remixes and they're pretty sweet on this EP; if we do say so ourselves. Hamburg's finest Tensnake is in fine form as always with his rendtion: a tropical nu-disco explosion! Joe Goddard himself chips in too with a makeover of the track; his one getting some emotive Kompakt vibes going on full of rich and life affirming synths leads happening. After all, he has recently collaboarated with Michael Mayer. Finally they save the best for last with the mighty Roman Fluegel delivering the "Happy Gerdy remix" which very uplifting indeed.
Underground House Research Vol 2
RBD 002
08 Apr 16
Deep House
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Potion No 4 - (5:29) 123 BPM
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TRUTHS - (6:45) 119 BPM
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Carden Eden - (5:46) 123 BPM
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RUTHS - (5:50) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: When it comes to delivering retro-futurist analogue house jams, few can touch Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson's Tuff City Kids outfit. Underground House Research Vol 2 is stuffed with the stuff, and should send shivers down the spine of all DJs of a certain vintage. "Potion No. 4" and "TRUTHS" both tip a wink to early Chicago house, and include various sly audio references to early TRAX bombs from Virgo Four, Jamie Principle and Larry Heard. They move closer towards Italian piano house - whilst retaining a core Chicago shuffle - on the hands-in-the-air stomp of "RUTHS", while "Carden Eden" fuses a variety of rave-era house influences with predictable success.
Kirk Juemmeth
PERMVAC 135-1
13 Feb 15
Deep House
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Lambsgame - (6:35) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Lambsgame (Chopper Rescue version) - (6:42) 126 BPM
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Highlights - (6:26) 121 BPM
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Cole Rabies Beats - (4:22) 120 BPM
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Live At Robert Johnson: Lifesaver Compilation 2 Extension
PLAYRJC 036
30 Mar 15
Deep House
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Tuff City Kids - "Wooden Dreams" - (6:12) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Hotel Lauer - "Shank" (Overdose mix) - (6:33) 123 BPM
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Review: Frankfurt institution Robert Johnson have truly succeeded in creating an in-house label that stands strong on its own without needing to lean on the club that birthed it. Phillip Lauer has been a part of that success story since the early days of the label, appearing as part of Art Mwambe, as himself, and many of his other collaborative ventures. As such it makes sense that this addendum to the recent Lifesaver Compilation 2 release features two such projects, with Tuff City Kids up first. As ever from Gerd Janson and Lauer the vibe is brightly coloured and immediately grabbing, dealing in thoughtful house constructions without compromising on impact, while elsewhere Hotel Lauer features Phillip's brother Jacob getting involved for a more dubby excursion with a pleasing old-skool finish.
Ten Years After/See Men Jump
POMMES 001
19 Feb 14
Deep House
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The Working Elite - "Ten Years After" - (6:31) 117 BPM
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Tuff City Kids - "See Men Jump" - (6:26) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tuff City Kids - "See Men Jump" (beat version) - (3:36) 120 BPM
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