Stuttgart club night Kitjen has decided to launch a label. For this debut release, they've turned to Tuff City Kids man Phillip Lauer and brother Jacob, who deliver their second 12" under the Hotel Lauer alias (their first, Brudis, dropped on Live At Robert Johnson last year). A-side "Agass" sets the tone, layering addictively bright piano riffs and expansive, tumbling synthesizer melodies over foreboding, one-note chords and jaunty drum machine rhythms. The classic feel continues on flipside "Stollice", where synthesized strings wrap themselves around a deliciously glassy-eyed Balearic house groove and stabbing, rave-era electronics. Both tracks are impressively dancefloor-friendly, eschewing the obvious in favour of lesser-played inspirations.
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