28 May 13
Roman Flugel - "More Is Not Enough (Heaven Or Hell?)" - (6:20) 120 BPM
Lauer - "Hector" - (6:59) 120 BPM
San Laurentino - "Final Landing" - (5:28) 120 BPM
Tuff City Kids - "People Is A Crackhead (Tuff Hamlet Riddim)" - (6:52) 115 BPM
Played by: Sven Vath
11 Aug 14
Newworldaquarium - "Thousand Oaks" - (3:44) 152 BPM
Roman Flugel - "The Odd Lobster" - (5:17) 122 BPM
Terrence Dixon - "Innocence" - (5:35) 126 BPM
Borrowed Identity - "Leave Me" - (5:54) 126 BPM
Tuff City Kids - "Breacher" - (5:56) 127 BPM
Played by: Paul Mac, ROTCIV, Billy Johnston, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Martin Eyerer, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Luca D'Arle, Mark Jenkyns
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.
06 Jul 15
Oxia & Yannick Baudino - "Simple Life" - (7:00) 123 BPM
A1 Bassline - "Hold" - (6:02) 125 BPM
Tuff City Kids - "Taddler" - (5:50) 126 BPM
Kyodai - "The Place To Be" - (7:06) 121 BPM
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.
20 Aug 12
Played by: Paul Mac, Justin Miller, Kid Who, Shadow Dancer, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Techno, Anja Schneider, Sven Vath, NYMA
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.
09 Mar 18
Scared (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (4:55) 130 BPM
R-Mancer (Roman Fluegel's K-Lauer mix) - (8:23) 123 BPM
Nordo (SCB Inversion) - (7:13) 127 BPM
Thorarium - (6:25) 126 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Benjamin Froehlich Short Trip version) - (5:41) 125 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Benjamin Froehlich Long Journey remix) - (8:38) 125 BPM
Review: Lauer and Gerd Janson's Tuff City Kids project has been revered for their signature sound that has made them the current toast of the house music scene - neon-lit classic analogue sounds that are evocative enough to be featured on a John Hughes movie soundtrack - if they could go back in a time machine. On the face of it, you'd be surprised by their remix choices: for example Marcel Dettmann? Rest assured they're in good hands here with the Berghain resident - whose recent exploits have also been invested in the early industrial sounds of the '80s recently and that's really evident on his rendition of "Scared". Likewise, fellow Berghain regular and Hotflush boss Scuba dons his more nefarious SCB guise on a perspective of "Nordo", creating a seething and mental warehouse techno jam to lead in to the peak time. Elsewhere, Roman Fluegel impresses as always with his slinky and hypnotic rework of "R-Mancer" while Permanent Vacation boss Benjamin Froelich delivers not one but two remixes of "Tell Me" featuring Hot Chip's Joe Goddard.
11 Nov 13
HFS - (6:31) 125 BPM
Wendy (Girlfriend 43 piano mix) - (6:24) 125 BPM
Reeze - (4:34) 120 BPM
Wendy (Girlfriend 44 piano mix) - (5:58) 125 BPM
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.
14 Oct 16
Ophmar - (3:11) 115 BPM
Wake People - (5:55) 114 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" - (6:02) 120 BPM
Nordo - (6:47) 123 BPM
R-Mancer - (4:27) 122 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Annie - "Labyrinth" - (5:01) 122 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Kelley Polar - "Aska" - (6:05) 124 BPM
Boilered - (6:02) 85 BPM
Tuff City Kids With Jasnau - "Scared" - (5:20) 120 BPM
Farewell House - (5:29) 123 BPM
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").
27 Oct 14
PF01 - (4:37) 118 BPM
PF02 - (6:42) 124 BPM
PF03 - (6:15) 126 BPM
PF04 - (5:37) 128 BPM
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.
21 Apr 17
Tuff City Kids with Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Tensnake remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
Tuff City Kids with Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" (Joe Goddard remix) - (6:09) 120 BPM
R-Mancer (Roman Fluegel Happy Gerdy remix) - (7:53) 123 BPM
Tell Me (Tensnake instrumental remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
Tell Me (Joe Goddard instrumental remix) - (6:09) 120 BPM
Played by: Markus Schneider / Robot Scientists
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.
08 Apr 16
Potion No 4 - (5:29) 123 BPM
TRUTHS - (6:45) 119 BPM
Carden Eden - (5:46) 123 BPM
RUTHS - (5:50) 121 BPM
Played by: DJ Red D (We Play House Recs), Chris Massey, Dave Harvey - Futureboogie, Juno Recommends Deep House, MANIK
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.
13 Feb 15
Lambsgame - (6:35) 127 BPM
Lambsgame (Chopper Rescue version) - (6:42) 126 BPM
Highlights - (6:26) 121 BPM
Cole Rabies Beats - (4:22) 120 BPM
30 Mar 15
Tuff City Kids - "Wooden Dreams" - (6:12) 124 BPM
Hotel Lauer - "Shank" (Overdose mix) - (6:33) 123 BPM
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.