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.
Lee Holman, Rob Gribbin, Sean, Owain Kimber (Owain K), Vincent Inc, Zade Cross, Tripeo, Jacques Renault, Zenner, Karousel, Rising Sun, Alkalino, Dairmount (Room With A View), Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Techno, Love Hotel District, Elef, Iron Curtis, Rompante, DJ GLC (Shift LTD), Kondaktor, Ponty Mython, Tomasz Guiddo, Iron Galaxy
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