Tuff Culture’s latest “SuperWoman” begins with a flourish of seventies funk horns and a warm rush of atmospheric pads. Tossing aside the big build up and drops that have grown to signify dance music, he keeps that rock-solid groove pushing straight through five minutes of chopped vocal hooks and blissful bass stabs. Then around three minutes, with the kick still rocking, it happens -- a breakout slice of cool jazzy improv that feels like an early Sunday morning sunrise.
Over the last year the young independent artist from the epicenter of UK bass, Birmingham, has served up slices of rough and tumble bass bin knockers and sexy slices of groovy house. Blurring the lines between broken beat garage and four to the floor madness, he’s part of a growing contingent of producers who are bringing some variety back to underground dance music. And the world has taken notice, he’s garnered consistent support from major market radio stations across Europe and the UK, nods from dons like DJ EZ and an increasing array of top-notch festival bookings.