Running Back boss Gerd Janson and fellow German Phillip Lauer are Tuff City Kids and are the next pairing to contribute to Delsinï¿½s house leaning series. Their only previous EP came on Ostgut sub label Unterton and the tracks they offer up here continue in a similarly raw and analogue house vein.Opener 'HFS' is a louche and laid back affair. Itï¿½s a spacious track with plenty of ambient textures as well as hollow sounding melodies and more grating percussive stabs. A beguiling combination of the blissful and the brutal its about as fresh as house can sound in the modern day. The more kinetic ï¿½Wendy (Girlfriend 43 Piano Mix)ï¿½ is underpinned by a rasping, hiccupping bassline and is built on heavy rubber kicks whilst a lead melody brings a sense of brightness to the otherwise murky mix. Completing the fine trio of tracks on vinyl is 'Reeze'. With its well-defined drums and snares, ramshackle percussive flourishes and juddery bass, it's a sketchy slo-jam that will work crowds into a stupor with ease.
Finally, buyers of a digital persuasion get treated to bonus cut 'Wendy (Girlfriend 44 PiaNO Mix)' that does away with the pianos and instead surges down a darkened an desolate urban landscape.