Hailing from the UK, the DJ and producing duo Tuff London has had successful releases off of one of the biggest labels, Toolroom Records. With hits like “Sending my Love” and “Front Line” under their belts, Tuff London is back, this time with a release on the renowned Relief label famously lead by the techno legend Green Velvet. The track, “Gospel Truth”, is a graciously welcomed addition to the Relief catalog.
With a dark atmosphere and some soulful refrains, the “Gospel Truth” preaches the true word about house music. “Gospel Truth” samples a male soul singer working out his vocal chords to their max potential and utilizes a really grimy bass line, laying down one dirty groove on the dance floor. Over the bass line, Tuff London manages to fit in cowbell percussion along with some 808 drum hits to add to the progression- think Relief meets Dirtybird. The tech house tune is somewhat reminiscent of the 1993 Green Velvet classic “Preacher Man”, with its gospel funk infused with bleak tone. The track reaches its craziest when the vocal becomes distorted and chopped, using enough reverb to keep the sound lingering but not overstaying its welcome.
Tuff London put out a worthy succession to their previous tracks. “Gospel Truth” makes a great dance track to fit in a set, whether tech house or even techno, if it is early enough in the night. If you need to repent for your EDM sins, “Gospel Truth” is the holy soundscape you need to purify your body. Try to not forget about your local church in the process…
Currently, the track has just barely cracked the Beatport Top 100. Help out and download the track on Beatport here if you are a fan. Checkout out Tuff London’s breakthrough single, “Sending My Love”, below. You can also find links to the group’s social media below.