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Shan

Run Tings EP

    Whistles out: Shan returns to Running Back. With his fourth EP for the imprint to date, he delivers his typical dance-floor-proof, peak-time ready and subtle rave signaling house sound. Informed and inspired by the playfulness of the smiley culture days, English Summer and Gerd Janson’s Boiler Room premiered favorite „Who Run Tings“, mark the „Raydon Airfield Side“, while Take Me To The Top and the Club Mix of Awakenings (the original appeared as a contribution to Rush Hour’s Musik for Autobahns series) take over the warehouse business. Simple, yet smart, effective and euphoric, this is music for DJs and strobe light honeys alike.

    Matthew Herbert & Josh Wink take the lead for volume two of KiNK's remix double-header. Herbert's 'Funnel Dub' is a percussive offering, skirting into the ever-popular shamanic territories as a plethora of drums shake, rattle and shudder under a wash of mystic notes. Josh Wink opts for a bleepy refix, a technically proficient number that'd sound ace blasting out of one of the hangers at Sonar. A flat, loopy arrangement invites the listener to get lost and disorientated while analogue sound fx tickle the cerebrum and nervous system in equal measure.

    KiNK gets the remix treatment from Dusky & Radio Slave on this out. The former contributing a technicoloured and full throttle remix of "Perth" which seems to continuously ascend upwards to the stars. "Teo Techno" gets acidized by Radio Slave, jarring electric current frazzling various elements and making for a heady and hypnotic cut purpose build to lock the floor into a tribal stomp... Nice!

    “Boss Moves”, Luca Lozano's debut for Running Back, and generously spread over two discs, investigates the hybrid sound that once was embodied by groups like Future Sound of London, labels like Guerilla and DJs such as Sasha or Dave Angel. Blessed with the production of skills of today, the eyes of a tailor and the chemoreceptors of a perfumer, the Klasse Wrecks and Graffiti Tapes man delivers nine tracks that do it all: tribal, trance, breakbeats, house, 303s, bleeps, rave, dubby deepness and pianos. A trip back in time when smiley faces weren't clichéd and dance culture was purer, less diluted and much more underground.

    Lozano quickly made a name for himself thru solid releases on taste making labels like Super Rhythm Trax and Unknown To The Unknown before starting his own imprint Klasse Recordings. Now for the firmly established Running Back label we see another fully defined artist statement from the Berlin based lover of all things '90s, acid and graffiti based. We heart Lozano! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Modern warehouse acid merchant, Luca Lozano drops a double disc collection for established label Running Back and its a brilliant portrait of this upfront producer. C-c-c-check!

    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.

    Acronym City

    Powermoves

      A little while before Metro Area came into life, there was Acronym City. Originally released on Sub Freq Recordings in 1996, Darshan Jesrani's moniker deals with the impact that electronic music from Detroit had on some inhabitants of said metro area. Long out of print, now carefully restored, re-mastered and slightly re-edited by Gerd Janson, Darshan Jesrani finds the missing link between techno, soul and the sort of contemplative and playful, heavy deep house that New York's underground was bringing forth in the early nineties. Without plagiarizing the one or the other, Acronym City naturally explores form and function of a sound that will never grow old. Backed up by an ethereal stop and go remix version of “Powermoves” by DJ Sprout and escorted by “The Push”, this one is for the heads, dancers and DJs alike and comes fully endorsed by team Piccadilly.

      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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP Info: 2LP With Poster & Download.

      Henrik Schwarz

      Not Also You

      Although Henrik Schwarz has kept himself busy in recent years, it's been a while since he released a full-throttle dancefloor workout. This debut appearance on Gerd Janson's Running Back label - the German producer's first solo single 2013 - is arguably his most forthright and floor-friendly missive since the turn of the decade. "Not Only You" is a thumping techno stomper, where ragged, mutant, repetitive lead lines are propelled forwards by some seriously good drum machine programming. Flipside "Not You Also" offers a slightly more eccentric riff on the same blueprint, with Schwarz adding some eccentric spoken word segments and a couple of bold synth fills.

      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.

      Leon Vynehall

      Rojus (Designed To Dance)

      "Two years ago I played at Studio 9 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The following day I missed my flight home and ended up spending an extra day, which gave me a chance to explore the city with my friend Linus, who took me to the Contemporary Art Centre. It was there I spotted a book named ‘Rojus’, that Linus told me translated as ‘Paradise’. The word and striking cover of the book stuck in my mind. A few days after returning home, I turned on to a National Geographic documentary named ‘Designed To Dance’, explaining the courtship rituals of Birds Of Paradise. As I watched, I jokingly began drawing similarities between these birds’ attempts to captivate and impress the opposite sex with dance, and the way strangers try to attract one another in clubs and interact on the dance floor. This gave me the idea of creating a record of functional club music, sequenced as if it were a club night, from doors to closing, using samples of these Birds Of Paradise and their habitat. Thus, Rojus." - Leon Vynehall 2016

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Inspired by the Birds of Paradise and their tropical habitat, Leon Vynehall crafts pitch shifting drums and exotic textures into a propulsive and percussive set of system rinsing house music. Take your position in the heart of the dancefloor and let the music move you.

      Victor Shan is back for the second time on German powerhouse Running Back, taking us the way back to the days of global hypercolour, rave dummies and dancing mimes with an EP packed to the brim with revival house power. Opening with the sweat drenched thrust of the Piano Mix (as heard dissembling the Boiler Room with Gerd Janson back in November) the EP powers up from the off, pausing only long enough to ask "What's your name, where you from and what you on?". The warehouse shaking beats thump and clatter away while the vamping keys come on full blooded like a harder, darker rework of an Inner City classic. As we move onto the Ronseal guaranteed "Bassline Party", Shan switches things up a touch, using the vamps sparingly in support of a colossal bassline. Swinging beats and a whole host of crowd noise make for a live and direct feeling which only adds to the pre-criminal justice act vibe. On the flipside, the Miami Mix of the lead track reels in jaw akimbo with thick, saucer eyed pads and rattling 'ardcore breaks before the 'Beats' & 'Padapella' close things out with confused memories of Shelley's and Checkpoint Charlie's.

      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!


      FORMAT INFORMATION

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

      Running Back present more Mim Suleiman! The Zanzibar born and Sheffield based singer / songwriter / performer made quite a name for herself on the Afro-beat stages of this world with her mixture of East African vocals and percussive traditions. "Mingi" is the second single accompanying her mesmerizing album "Tungi", which has Mim singing and writing in her native tongue Swahili and is a mixture of all things ultra-modern Afro-beat rhythm trax and futuristic pop music. Here we have a seductive 808-drum-groove, a high life like guitar and Mim’s irresistible hook line. Instrumental on the flip for extended mixing pleasure and double copy pressure. Maurice Fulton's production shines through again, backing Mim's distinctive vocals with fat bass-driven electro-funkin' disco-house.



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