DJ Heure’s “Ra” leads off, anchors and sets the tone for Super Tuff 003, a various artists vinyl-only compilation from Brooklyn’s Super Tuff Records. The four tracks here may not share a common ancestor or influence but they have developed a common language: offbeat, guided by an experimental perspective on modern deep house. “Ra” is chill and dubby, glistening keys soaring over jagged percussion. M. Vaughan’s “Man 2 Man” samples from one of the comedy “race records” I first heard as a kid when staying awake on Sunday nights to listen to Blues Before Sunrise. A few people have done this but usually let it play out over a disco edit. Vaughan scores it to a piece of atmospheric, rather pretty and delicate deep house with rough stabs, sampling just a few pieces of dialog to wrench a new sound out of it. I’m not sure I’ve heard anything like this before, but it works.
V/A: Super Tuff 003
A1. DJ Heure – “Ra” (6:14)
A2. Hot Coffee – “On The Verge” (6:24)
B1. M. Vaughan – “Man 2 Man” (6:48)
B2. Tilman – “A Day To Remember” (6:32)