If This Is House I Want My Money Back Zwei
by Various Artists
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Permanent Vacation
Munich's Permanent Vacation label may not seem to take life too seriously, between the name and the self-deprecating compilation title. And sure, they can be slackers, lingering in the lower BPMs and spacing out on synthesizer curlicues. But John Talabot, Mano Le Tough and their labelmates prove to be avid students of classic house, giving their low-slung funk and robo-disco a rigor lacking in most new jacks. They tick all the right boxes -- luminous pianos, scuffed disco breaks, clattery 808s -- but they also know when to set aside the books and cut loose. Now that's edutainment.