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Third album by Frankfurt's Phillip Lauer - one half of Tuff City Kids (with Gerd) and one of Germany's prime exports regarding all things melodic and dance related. "Power" is a topical take on classic dance and 80ies pop figures, disco music in a closet (Lauer is still in denial), singing arpeggios, android choirs, beautiful bass lines and sometimes the apparitional architecture of house music.

Neatly placed on one piece of vinyl, “Power” collects nine songs that follow these roads. Expertly produced, recorded on high-end tape and complemented with intricate songwriting, many are regarding this as Lauer's magnum opus.

“Power” is vintage Lauer. Like his attic - Pyramide Studio 2 for those who know - where a vast synthesizer collection from the days of yore and tomorrow meets other digital dinosaurs and analog axes, it showcases a sanguine, punky and vivid DIY-aesthetic that isn't too far from a garage band turned into a one-man-orchestra. Glazed with two songs featuring the vocal talents of Jasnau ("Mirrors" and the eponymous "Power"), that sentiment is consolidated through a complete and dizzying LP which takes the listener over rainbow roads and electronic super highways. 


Here we have the revisions of what some called the tune of the summer. If you have been watching those videos on youtube where the DJ faces the camera and the crowd is right behind the DJ - and sometimes right on top of him - you may have come across this tune. In fact, one of the remixers here - Gerd Janson - dropped it to great reaction. 
This is good old italo disco made today. And these remixes stand to the task. Big names backing this job.  
Mr Woolford takes the catchy riff and makes it big room material. That is what he does best so you get a bass heavy and peak time vibe with his remix. 
Fango goes a bit harder - too hard for me. Maybe perfectly right for you. Love the cowbells though! I grew up in the country side after all, me country pumpkin. 
Good old Mano Le Tough, softens things a tiny beat but does not slow the speed. More polished it is definetely and adds some smooth vocal samples to max effect.
Gerd Janson, is a fast paced house track that respects the original but adds some piano keys on the break. Not bad... but the original rules for me. 
Great package if you want some variations on the already great original. Enjoy!


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: You need this if you do not have the original. If you do, still give it a listen because you may fall in love with Woolford's take. Pretty respectable!

Running Back long standing legacy on modern dance music continues with an absolute dozzy of an EP by Helium Robots. If you like that twangy, hi-gloss, slightly exotic blend of house music oft permeated by artists on the label (think Telephones, Tensnake and Marco Passarani to name three), then this my friends is for you!

Four tracks that instantly transport you into a carefree 72 hour weekend. The kids are at home, you've got money to spend and friends / lovers by your side. All that's left is to find your spot on the dancefloor (front left, obvs...), get loaded and dance the night away. Holiday house never sounded so good!

Recommended. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Bedazzling EP from this go-to and long running label. There's not many duff ones in their vast catalogue and this new one certainly hits the 'Yes' pile.

Re-issue of the valuable Schematic classic, with additional Prins Thomas remix and with a brand new remix of "Allison With One" by Diode.

Anyone who's not familiar with the original needs to be prepared to be blanketed in this velvety sonic quilt of warm arps and gentle echoes, encompassing the stereo field and completely covering the listener in a sumptuous, post-Kraut dreaminess - absolutely sublime!

Prins Thomas adds some gentle propulsion, ushering "Solstice" forward through some carefully plotted digital drums and emphasizing some of those low end mechanics. Equally dreamy and eyes-wide-shut as the OG but with enough thrust to cut it on the twilight dancefloors too - excellent!

Diode's 'Metafunk' remix of "Allison With One" completes the package with stepped arpeggios meeting gated vox and a robotic groove for a well executed exercise in cybernetic funk. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Strong duo of remixes coupled with that epic, sprawling original version of "Solstice". Unifying brilliance from all involved. You need.

History revealing compilation project centering around the legendary Front Club in Hamburg Germany that existed from the 80´s - late 90´s - a leading club in terms of music selection, mixing technique, rave culture - in a very important period of time.

Eponymous resident DJ´s Klaus Stockhausen and Boris Dlugosch take a close look back at that time, guide you through the history, the early beginnings and absolute key moments of house music club culture in Germany.

37 legendary tracks make up the CD release - many of which have not been on sale forever and a day while the vinyl, set across two volumes, selected 16 of the hardest hitting numbers for an unmixed selection for the DJs and collectors alike.

Hamburg’s Front club was already the stuff of legend, and the story is important now, 21 years later as not many peoiple know how house music infiltrated Germany to give techno some competition on the dancefloor. With Front you wouldn't have Robert Johnson or, to some extent, Parorama - house and disco simply were not celebrated in large numbers until Front, Stockhausen and Dlugosch opens minds and record boxes to the soulful sound. 


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2xLP 1 Info: LP Part One.

2xLP 2 Info: LP Part Two.

Genius of Time's phenomenal "Juno Jam" gets repressed for those that missed it first time round or new fans who've discovered it via John Talabot's groundbreaking DJ Kicks comp.

Lead track, "Juno Jam" utilizes Roland's impressive vintage keyboard to devastating effect. Concocting a series of interweaving sequences right across the frequency spectrum whilst tuned perc and ethnic drum hits hammer out some primal rhythms.

"Tom Jam" is even more percussive; and takes advantage of both synthesized and sampled drum hits. Again, 100% tribal in nature, its nod to the future doesn't deter from the indigenous nature of the rhythms presented, rather, it allures to them existing in time immemorial.

"Djungel Jam" closes proceedings with an ode to Joe Claussell's Instant House project. Full on rainforest house business with a plethora of perc lines meeting low bass rumble and wildlife SFX. Wonderful!


Written and produced by Maurice Fulton. 'An Original Dr. Scratch Mix'. Published by Buttrubb Music.

Maurice Fulton re-instates his much lauded Syclops project for album number three. Joined by Hanna Sarkari on guitars, who was part of the original lineup, and with Zanzibar cum Sheffield songstress Mim Suleiman on drums and Karo Brandi doing... some other stuff? Maurice has always kept us been aloof with exact details of his (makebelive?) band.

Anyway, as we've come to expect - a mix of Fulton's idiosyncratic, sativa-blend hyper-electronix, big bolshie drum breaks and a heady, cerebrum tickling musical style that covers new jazz, space funk and synth wig-outs in equal measure. There's no-one in the world that sounds like this 'band' and it's great to hear them sounding as assured and as creative as ever on their third outing!

If anything Maurice has ramped up the intensity, with shuddering, monolithic drum crashes opening the record. "The Skipper" soon introduces us to a shimmering, dancefloor friendly cut with gurgling bass and suspended arps. Jason finds his K but Sarah loses her E, resulting in a pitch black, technoid thud that'll disorientate even the most ardent dancer. Elsewhere, there's moments of skeletal drum machine techno ("Kelly Is With Her"), bouncy house discord ("Five Left") and mind melting, cranium busting future jazz rampages such as "Karo B Is Not On Love & Hip Hop" and the eponymous album closer "Pink Eye", that'll leave you nothing short of breathless after its six minute onslaught of intensity.

It's like Maurice and the Syclops have channeled all the aggression and energy of a thousand dinosaurs and let it loose across the myriad studio outboard resulting in a very busy, adventurous and dynamic album - easily set to be regarded as the best out of the three from this project. Why's it named after conjunctivitis though...?!?!?




STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Stone cold L E G Maurice returns with the Sycops in toe for perhaps their loudest, most crazed expedition to date. Your head'll be left in a spin by the end of the LP.

Dublin born, world-resided producer Krystal Klear (Cold Tonic, All City, Eglo, Tooth Pick, Rinse) drops his first EP for Running Back. The producer has famously touched on the majority of 'club vintages' - whether it's Sound Factory-era smashers, MAW-era soulful NY house or synth-driven electro-boogie with an 80s tinge, KK has proved himself more than capable across all departments!

Here we get four tracks and four new flavours! "Neutron Dance" kicks things off with a cheeky, fun loving, Italo-disco vibe, galvanized by KK's rigid outboard but still galloping with that childlike naivety. "Division Bell" sees a deep, late night Balearic number rolled out effortlessly. Twinkling arps, voluptuous synth swells and gated drums take this into sensual territories quicker than you can shake off your trousers! "Shockzoid" sees him spiral into a glitter ball guided euro-disco dancefloor at maximum energy, landing somewhere between hi-nrg and techno it finds Krystal Klear squeezing fluorescent juices out of his synthesizers. Final track, "Moonshake Miner" closes off the EP on a coastal, euphoric high. Big breakdowns, huge melody lines and bright crepuscular rays shining through its stems - this is that holiday house banger than you were looking for for festival season - get in! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Four tracks with italo disco written all over them. Dreamy and spacious at times. Faster, with overwhelming neon lights, and highly energetic. Great running, swimming soundtrack here. Or if you want your punters to sweat that dancefloor, that is another use for it. Great stuff.

After the well deserved critical success of Tornado Wallace's 'Lonely Planet' (No.5 in the only chart that matters...) Running Back enlist a crack team of remix heroes to transform the Talk Talk-inspired Balearic pop of "Today" and the new age thrust of "Trance Encounters" into the floor filling club cuts the DJs have been dying for. First among equals is Versatile boss I:Cube, who calls on decades of dance floor experience to twist "Today" into a esoteric, Asiatic, Balearic house groover awash with precision percussion and a rolling boogie bassline. So far so fantastic, but then the Frenchman blows us away with his beats mix, a rambunctious rhythm track topped with fx soaked vocal idents and mixed to within an inch of its life. Say YES! Elsewhere, semi-professional sommelier and deep house deity Move D delivers his own version of "Today", treating the light and airy elements of the OG to a burrowing bassline and pulsating 4/4, before Prins Thomas offers an interdimensional acid disco overhaul of "Trance Encounters", reminding everyone exactly why he's the Prins.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: I'm having this! The best bits of our No.5 LP of 2017 get pulled apart and re-rendered by I:Cube, Prins Thomas and Move D. Expect deep house drama, Balearic bounce, lysergic space disco and powerhouse percussion across these four mixes...

Say what you wanna say, but you have to give Strahil Velchev this: the man's a powerhouse. Recording and playing live under the KiNK alias, he went on to become one of finest purveyor's of funk in techno and house. What it is, by definition, ain't exactly clear. And that is the beauty of it. KiNK's music is unifying in the best possible way. Channeling the spirit and feeling of a time where it didn't really matter who the faces behind the music were, KiNK plays with the elements of genres and sub-genres as if the future of it all is still wide-open. At the same time it could be accused of retro-fetishism, as much as the Pope himself is infallible. The pure need to recreate moments, feelings and experience - rather than carbon copies of existing designs - was what started KiNK's production work. Hailing from Bulgaria, it was nearly impossible to get your hands on all the records and music that fed into a system of raves, clubs and record shops that seemed far away from Sofia, and financially it might as well have meant another galaxy. Wanting to DJ without having access to the tracks that spun the carousel meant that you had to create them yourselves. So, here we go with a private bootlegger gone public mastermind and one of the loudest voices in house, techno and beyond.
From KiNK's early productions with Neville Watson to his smash-hit for Ovum, a cerebral album for Macro, tons of remixes & tracks and his mind-bending live act, Playground seems to take all that into a blender. Simultaneously a sound-summary, the harvest of a field of ideas, and the exhibition of an artist in his prime, it also works as a sort of KiNK dictionary: avant-garde soundscapes stand next to boisterous bangers, classic club tracks and peak time emotions find their idiosyncratic and contemplative counterparts – all of it coming down like a torrent in a drought.


Running Back's Mastermix series is a timely reminder of what has made Running Back endure and remain at the top of many house music fans' favourite label lists for over a decade. Gerd Janson's widely adored imprint has invited one of house music's original & greatest proponents of the Mastermix, NYC's Tony Humphries, to curate and mix the CD edition of the compilation, accompanied by an unmixed double-LP which features a handful of the compilations rare & exclusive cuts. Beginning with Todd Terje's blockbuster "Ragysh" and traversing tracks from across the label's history, it includes contributions from long time label regulars alongside more recent additions and reminders of some of RB's best reissues. Label mainstays Tiger & Woods, Matthew Styles, Redshape and Leon Vynehall all appear, alongside Mr G, Paul Woolford and recent breakthrough artists Shan, Jex and Roy Camanchero. Tiger & Woods's "Don't Hesitate" appears on vinyl for the first time, while the Dixon edit of Precious System's anthem "The Voice From Planet Love" will be available on wax again after only appearing on a super limited 12" run the first time around. The choice of Tony Humphries to mix the compilation is a significant one. Having received his break in the early 80s as an understudy for the legendary Shep Pettibone's Kiss FM show, Humphries went on to become one of the defining DJs of house music's formative years with his residency at New Jersey's Club Zanzibar and London's Ministry of Sound. His previous mixes illustrate his continuing ability to bridge dance music's past & present, with prior contributions to Resident Advisor and Fabric's respective series in addition to label compilations for King Street Sounds and West End Records.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: New Jersey don, Zanzibar luminary and Kiss FM's most celebrated dance jock, Tony Humphries takes time to explore the vast Running Back catalogue and delivers a highly enjoyable master-mix that perfectly encapsulates both the impressive depth of the label alongside Tony's unique and coveted DJ style.

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2xLP Info: 2LP With Poster & Download.

The eye of the storm: welcome to Tornado Wallace's debut album! How about some references? New Age sounds meet new wave melodies, Grace Jones runs into the Dire Straits at Compass Point, while a Korg Mini Pops and a Roland CR78 make amends for Sly & Robbie's absence, Michael Mann pictures Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', Robert Rauschenberg tries his luck at naturalism and an imagined Wally Badarou echoes through all of it. The accumulation of about four years of work, with tracks written in Berlin and Melbourne, "Lonely Planet" is nothing like you may have expected from the Australian expat. Merging functionality with a musical playfulness on releases for ESP Institute, Beats in Space and Music From Memory's sister Label Second Circle, Tornado Wallace's found himself as one of the producers behind José Padilla's International Feel album. Here, he leaves the needs of the dance floor behind in order to create a magical mystery tour de trance into his and our inner jungle. Sandwiched between the title track and the yearning beauty of the album's final point "Healing Feeling", you get all of that as well as collaborations with and contributions of NO ZU, David Hischfelder and the voice of Sui Zhen on "Today", who would easily make Anna Domino take her proverbial hat off.
Tornado Wallace created an album that supersedes the requirements and expectations of a debut. Like a lost Island Records or a never released Made to Measure album, "Lonely Planet" soundtracks notions and ideas that recall the nostalgic future in the past as much as it looks ahead.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Comprising of seven expansive compositions, ‘Lonely Planet’ transports the listener to a dreamlike landscape alive with excellent birds, dense foliage and breathtaking vistas. As he glides effortlessly between future primitive visions and otherworldly ambient suites, Wallace marries lush FM synthesis with Knopfleric guitar and organic percussion, grounding us in reality while our eyes dart over the intangible. And there, nestled in the midst of all this utopian beauty is ‘Today’, the greatest 80s pop record that never was. Boasting a blithely shrugged vocal from No Zu’s Sui Zhen, the track sounds like a springtime meeting between Talk Talk and Gina X at a far flung resort. Yet despite its abundance of detached cool, this cinematic gem lends the LP a human touch, allowing the listener to find their place in the natural rhapsody. Clear your schedule, close your eyes and take the trip of a lifetime.

Disco Nihilist is a rather special project. Firmly rooted in the US-American electronic music traditions, Mike Taylor’s records on Love What You Feel or Construction Paper roam the grey are between Chicago’s jacking urgency, Detroit’s funky machine soul and the raw magic of vintage drum machines. His style is natural, murky, filthy and raw to the core. This six track EP for Running Back is an exercise in grinding beats, squelching acid lines, graceful pianos and heartfelt rhythms without any paralyzing retro romance. It is what it is. Get a piece of the real bread.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: Oooh, look what we just found!

Unlike some of his Norwegian pals Todd Terje isn't the most prolific of producers, so when he delivers any new material - original or remix - you know it's time to sit up and take notice. And you should definitely be taking notice of "Ragysh", because it's one of the best club tracks we've had in recent times. You know Todd, he doesn't like anything fussy in his work, just nice simple ideas that rock the floor: here we get some nice kick drum driven house music with a percolating percussion loop lifted from Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" intro (I reckon). A weighty keyboard line slowly filters its way to the front of the track before leading the way to the uplifting synthy breakdown. Remember those hands-in-the-air moments from Italy's Kamasutra? This will bring the bliss back! "Bonysh" strips "Ragysh" back to basics then adds extra cowbell and all sorts of retro sci-fi synth noises. Lastly "Snooze 4 Love" transports us to the land of Balearic house with dreamy synth washes competing for ear-time. DO NOT MISS THIS!


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12" Info: Please note: no longer in picture sleeve.


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