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    Written and produced by Maurice Fulton. "An Original Dr. Scratch Mix" Published by Buttrubb Music. players. Karo Brandi, leader of all of what you see, plus all of the artwork. Hanna Sarkari ,all guitars. Mim Suleiman all drums and percussion. Maurice Fulton. All keyboards bass and drum programming. Recorded and mixed at BubbleTease Communications Sheffield UK.

    Luca Lozano

    Boss Moves EP

      Assertiveness can be virtue. Hence, “Boss Moves” - Luca Lozano's debut for Running Back – is aptly titled. Generously spread over two vinyl plates, Lozano 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 Grafiti Tapes man delivers nine tracks that do it all: tribal, trance, breakbeats, house, 303s, bleeps, rave, dubby deepness and pianos. Like a trip down the 3d-visual-kaleidoscopic-artwork* hole or a snake charmer without a flute.

      Intake as a whole, record it to your tape desk and feel like tuning into on a pirate station in '95. Happiness is just around the bend.

      *None of that can be found here. See explosive black-and-white sleeve for further reference.


      DJs' DJ and all round gee, Gerd MF Janson resurrects the Running Back drum track series for six beat-filled bangers from Poland's Ketiov. As DJ friendly as it gets, the six cuts come complete with hefty helpings of discoid 4/4, tribal percussion, smoked out dub-house, UK Funky, tough techno and atmospheric beatdown, all augmented with speaker freakin fx, occasional acid basslines and the odd vocal sample. Versatile, virile and brilliantly beefy, these will be a pleasure to mix with. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Currently causing a stir amongst the Piccadilly DJ circuit (even Dave Walker's got involved) Ketiov's batch of batshit drum tracks is way above your usual DJ tool 12". Don't sleep...

      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.

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      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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: LP Gatefold Sleeve, 180g pressing.

      Telephones has been on quite a journey so far. First appearing on Full Pupp in 2010, it was 2014's "The Ocean Called EP" (also released via Running Back) which really propelled him into the spotlight, and was proceeded by releases on Love On The Rocks and International Feel. The Norwegian producer from Bergen who calls Berlin his home offers up his debut long player. Careful not to fall into the common trap of simply releasing 3 or 4 big bangers in between a load of studio guff, "Vibe Telemetry" undergoes an undulating journey, swaying between oceanic ambience, coastal vibrations and sunshine-flooded, Balearic-tinged house music with both a deft hand and sympathetic ear. There's still space for the odd banger though, and "Sierra" definitely ticks that box with its chiming piano chords, bubbly bass and forward propelled drums. There's a nod to new Jose Padilla productions, "Datajungel" and "Tripping Beauty" containing a similar vibe of crisp but dreamy, Balearic-house-bliss. Congas and live percussion litter the album from start to finish, as does rich beds of synthetic sound, long, sweeping dub delays and unfathomably deep textures. "Mezcal Eclipse" deserves a mention both for its titles and its frantic, tribal yet blissfully radiant grooves; topped off by a spine-tingling piano line. As the album draws to a close we get a similar epic to "The Ocean Called" with "Untitled (The Party)", drawing us in with its Underground Resistance influenced melodies, taking Detroit to the beach and dancing playfully under the stars. "Flow System" and "DTMF" also keep the Detroitian influences high as we close the journey in tantalizing, electric form, various sequences and arpeggios converging on the glowing ball of bliss centered around its core. It's a been a great trip! The sonic equivalent of driving down Australia’s Great Ocean Road or California’s Highway 1; or from Robin Hood’s Bay to Flamborough Head, for example. 



      Sleeve Designed By DJ Fettburger!


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: The sonic equivelent of driving down Australia’s Great Ocean Road or California’s Highway 1; or from Robin Hood’s Bay to Flamborough Head, for example! And oh so blissed out. I heart Telephones.

      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.

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


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