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Once Upon A Time - (5:19) 95 BPM
   
Watch The Skies! - (2:58) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Last Of The Crazy Baldheads - (5:00) 104 BPM
   
Zeus I Prepare For Launch - (5:24) 147 BPM
   
Life Is The Illusion, Love Is The Dream - (4:57) 133 BPM
   
Lazer Battle At The OK Corral - (3:31) 111 BPM
   
Version Excursion - (7:53) 84 BPM
   
Dream Stealers - (5:21) 123 BPM
   
The Mild Mild West - (3:34) 124 BPM
   
The Final Scene - (7:39) 100 BPM
Review: Issued on Running Back's Incantations offshoot, A Sagittariun's latest album is a diverse affair. While it features the kind of tripped out techno that this producer has become synonymous with over the years - check "Watch The Skies!" and "Life Is The Illusion, Love Is The Dream" - it also boasts off-centre tracks such as scuffled industrial funk of "Once Upon A Time" and "Last Of The Crazy Baldheads". Heights is also notable in that it features tripped out jams like the cosmic-disco of "Lazer Battle At The OK Coral" and "Dream Stealers" as well as the broken beats of "Version Excursion". It shows that A Sagittariun is a more rounded artists that some of his club releases may have suggested.
RBINC 004D
07 Jun 19
Techno
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Powermoves (Gerd Janson Mayday edit) - (8:09) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Powermoves (remix) - (7:17) 136 BPM
   
The Push (remix) - (6:36) 135 BPM
Review: It's well known that Morgan Geist started his career as a techno producer, but what isn't so widely known is that his Metro Area partner Darshan Jesrani did too. One of his earliest projects was Acronym City, who debuted way back in 1996 with the Powermoves EP. This tasty Running Back reissue begins with a fine edit of the title track, a 136 BPM techno roller rich in deep house stabs, lilting lead lines, driving drum machine percussion and futurist, Motor City electronics. Elsewhere, we're treated to two cuts from the original release: the brilliant, Detroit style "Powermoves Remix" by DJ Sprout- think blissful sci-fi brilliance, and you're close - and "The Push", another dreamy, electro-tinged techno workout rich in dreamy motifs, spacey electronics and bustling percussion.
RBDC03 DIGITAL
01 Jun 18
Deep House
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La Danza - (7:58) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ambient Braindisk - (4:24) 83 BPM
   
Moments - (6:57) 124 BPM
   
Star Dance - (6:14) 114 BPM
Review: Alan Dixon has been in tremendous form of late, delivering must-have EPs for Midnight Riot and, most recently, Lumberjacks In Hell. There's no doubt that this outing for Running Back - produced in cahoots with regular Ashley Beedle collaborator Darren Morris - is his most high-profile release to date. It's also rather good, particularly the glassy-eyed Italo-disco muscularity of "La Danza" - all driving arpeggio-style bass and mind-altering electronic motifs - and the solo-laden, mid-tempo Balearic house brilliance of closing cut "Star Dance", which sounds like something Phillip Lauer might conjur up. There are two real standouts for us, though: the driving, 1989 style piano house rush of "Moments" and the colourful, beat-free bliss of sunrise-ready bonus cut "Ambient Braindisk".
RB 080D
21 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It Works - (5:46) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Without Thought (Bassline 1) - (3:42) 122 BPM
   
Without Thought (Bassline 2) - (3:58) 122 BPM
   
Lakeside Slang (First mix) - (7:56) 118 BPM
   
Lakeside Slang (The mix) - (3:53) 121 BPM
Review: Recently, Gerd Janson has been using Running Back not only to release new material, but also reissue some of his favourite old house and disco cuts. He's at it again, here, re-releasing Alex M's It Works, a relatively obscure Mateo & Matos production that initially appeared on Final Cut back in 1992 and has since become something of a sought-after item. The title track remains a near perfect fusion of Larry Heard style deep house dreaminess and the rhythmic swing of New Jersey garage. You'll find a similar blend of dreaminess and low-end hustle on the two versions of "Without Thought", while "Lakeside Slang (First Mix)" peppers a tidy groove with impeccable electric piano solos and hazy vocal samples. Arguably even better is the jazzier, Jovonn style "Lakeside Slang (The Mix)".
RBDC 01DIGITAL
16 Jun 17
Deep House
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Inspirations From The Mental Realm - (16:36) 68 BPM
   
Variation On A Pentatonic Motion - (11:41) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Menetekel - (2:21) 82 BPM
   
3C 123 - (19:26) 80 BPM
   
Yin-Yang - (5:00) 111 BPM
   
Rhythmic Desert - (5:54) 90 BPM
   
The Quantum Jump (Bonus) - (18:03) 110 BPM
Review: Andreas Grosser was considered an underrated hero of German synth music in the early '80s and based off only a couple of albums - a collaboration with Tangerine Dream/Ash Ra Tempel's Klaus Schulz in 1987 and of course 1981s Vinite Visum, that's reissued here on Running Back. All tracks were composed and performed between 1976 and 1980, when the East Berlin synthesist was inspired by the West German cosmic scene. He was rumoured to have made many hours of music, which he duplicated to cassette recordings for anyone that wanted them. Presented here is a collection of psychedelic ambient oddities, conjured from celestial synth sounds and other assorted classic machines.
RBCD 11DIGITAL
30 Mar 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Running Back Mastermix Presents Front (Part 1) - (1:12:28) 120 BPM
   
Running Back Mastermix Presents Front (Part 2) - (1:15:42) 123 BPM
RBFRONTCD 1DJMDIGITAL
28 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Traveller - (7:04) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Front Traktor - (1:49) 131 BPM
   
Intervox - (6:51) 118 BPM
   
Nightflight - (6:02) 117 BPM
Review: Here's something of a surprise: an EP on Running Back jointly produced by veteran German house producer Boris Dlugosch and rising star Cassara. The inter-generational duo has put together a set of tracks that veers closer to Italo-disco and cheery Balearic goodness than the funk-fuelled peak-time house that Dlugosch is often associated with. Our highlight is probably "Nightflight", a pleasingly baggy concoction that wraps alien melodies and vintage synthesizer motifs around a sparse drum machine groove. That said, opener "Traveller", which sounds like a cross between Electra's 1982 classic "Feels Good (Carrots & Beats)" and lightly bouncy house, and sparkling Italo-disco-meets-Daft Punk throb-job "Intervox" are also rather good.
RB 065DIGITAL
26 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Thursday - (7:47) 126 BPM
   
Thursday (Lexx remix) - (7:24) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thursday (Lexx bonus beats) - (4:47) 122 BPM
RB 023
05 Jul 10
Deep House
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Body Electric - (6:35) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
T- Symmetry - (5:59) 128 BPM
   
Txt - (6:28) 128 BPM
   
Txt (Beatless) - (5:43) 85 BPM
Review: In the 22 years that have passed since he made his debut, Deetron has released music on an eye-watering number of high quality labels. It's somewhat surprising, then, to find that this is the Swiss producer's first outing on Running Back. It is, of course, very good, with snappy opener "Body Electric" - an ear-catching fusion of crunchy house drums, jazz guitar loops, toasty disco bass, sweet synth lines and rushing piano riffs - leading the way. "T-Symmetry" sees Deetron add bustling breakbeat blasts and more bold piano motifs to a surging future Balearic techno anthem, while "Txt" is a melodious chunk of spacey techno hypnotism rich in rising and falling synth lines and swirling chords. Those glassy-eyed synth lines and alien electronics can be admired further on the accompanying "Beatless Mix".
RB079D
28 Jun 19
Deep House
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Forward Snipping - (7:09) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Witness - (7:02) 126 BPM
   
Faber Mix - (5:49) 123 BPM
RB 014
06 May 09
Minimal/Tech House
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Gordon - (7:37) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gordon (Atmo version) - (4:43) 124 BPM
   
Starck - (6:55) 123 BPM
   
Starck (Cinema version) - (4:21) 82 BPM
Review: According to Gerd Janson, "Gordon" is one of those records you hear out loud in a party and fall in love with instantly. Made one day before Miami's infamous Rakastella party, it was a particular track he hoped to snap up for release on Running Back - as it was one of the highlights during a shared slot with the Life & Death head honcho. The much lauded Atmo version is the typical style of moody dancefloor drama you've come to know from the famed Italian and led by its seductive female vocal. The never edit featured here is fantastic rework with more of a bouncy uplifting feel optimized for proper main room dynamics. This is followed by the sunny and uplifting deep house vibe of "Strack".
RB 078D
17 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Boris Borrison's Trip To Morrisons - (6:51) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lea Valley - (5:51) 126 BPM
   
Static - (5:34) 127 BPM
Review: Since founding their 17 Steps label in 2014, Dusky has barely stepped away from the imprint. Kudos to Gerd Janson, then, for persuading the British duo to offer-up this EP on his lauded Running Back kabel. They start in typically sweaty and bombastic fashion with "Boris Borrison's Trip To Morrisons", a soaring and life-affirming chunk of warehouse-ready peak-time madness built around a dirty, Italo-disco style arpeggio bassline, glassy-eyed rave stabs and tactile electronics. "Static" is a bustling but dreamy affair whose combination of swirling vocal samples, weighty sub bass and crackling breakbeats recalls the early days of British dance music. "Lea Valley", another retro-futurist affair that combines deep musical touches with heavy bottom end pressure, is similarly sizable.
RB 082D
05 Jul 19
Deep House
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Metropolis - (5:17) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Metropolis (dub) - (5:17) 121 BPM
   
Fridge - (5:25) 130 BPM
   
Seed Tray - (5:56) 132 BPM
   
Mushroom Samba - (5:10) 127 BPM
Review: Dusky's first outing for Running Back, "Life Signs", was arguably one of their most euphoric and uplifting releases to date, so it's little surprise to find that this much-anticipated sequel explores similar sonic territory. The future anthem is undoubtedly "Metropolis", a shimmering retro-futurist number that layers bleeping lead lines and spine-tingling pads atop a weighty analogue bassline and heavy beats. You get vocal and dub mixes, with the former making great use of a loved-up female vocal snippet that adds to the cut's old school credentials. Elsewhere, "Seed Tray" is a rushing, warehouse-ready stomper smothered in rave-era piano stabs, "Mushroom Samba" adds bleeps to a suitably psychedelic, all-action backing track, and "Fridge" is a nostalgic, retro-futurist romp that defies easy categorization.
RB 089D
14 Feb 20
Deep House
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Time Million (Pepe's Hardclipping remix) - (10:48) 140 BPM
   
Time Million (Villalobos remix) - (13:57) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Million (Pepe's Often Bachapella) - (3:46) 140 BPM
   
Time Million (Pepe's Bonus Bit) - (7:02) 140 BPM
   
Time Million (Villalobos dub) - (13:57) 124 BPM
   
Time Million (Pangaea dub) - (6:09) 132 BPM
   
Time Million (Pangaea instrumental) - (7:15) 132 BPM
   
Time Million (Krystal Klear remix) - (6:45) 50 BPM
   
Time Million (Feater & Sam IRL Time Billion dub) - (7:41) 140 BPM
   
Time Million (Krystal Klear instrumental) - (6:45) 50 BPM
Review: While there's no original version of "Time Million" present on this epic collection of club-focused reworks, it would be fair to say that the assembled revisions all take Feater's gentle "outsider pop" cut in thrilling new directions. Krystal Klear's Balearic synth-pop takes are particularly magical, while Feater teams up with Sam IRL to deliver a gentle, Clavinet-heavy Dub that's similarly sun-kissed and spaced out. Minimal techno enthusiasts will savour Ricardo Villalobos's suitably wonky and stripped-back Remix and Dub versions, while Pangaea's revisions are tough, forthright and bass-heavy. The headline attraction, though, is arguably Pepe Bradock's contributions: two tasty DJ tools and a ten-minute "Hardclapping Remix" that wraps Feater's original liquid synth lines around rumbling analogue bass and urgent techno drums.
RBFEATERRMX 123D
19 Apr 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Orlandos - (3:47) 108 BPM
   
Don Moneyiere - (6:51) 62 BPM
   
Time Million (feat Vilja Larjosto) - (4:49) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yogtze - (3:50) 69 BPM
   
Socialo Blanco - (4:39) 68 BPM
   
Endless Expansion (Pt 1) - (3:24) 108 BPM
   
Gold Matches - (4:36) 70 BPM
   
Endless Expansion (Pt 2) - (3:15) 73 BPM
RBINC 002LPDIGITAL
03 May 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Time Million (Blood Shanti Main version) - (4:35) 70 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time Million (Blood Shanti remix dub #1) - (4:35) 70 BPM
   
Time Million (Blood Shanti remix dub #2) - (4:31) 70 BPM
   
Time Million (Blood Shanti remix dub #3) - (4:35) 70 BPM
Review: The dubwise vibes are alive and well within this one as Running Back Germany welcome in Feater for a wicked selection, providing a fantastic new single by the name of 'Time Million', along with a number of different dub remixes. The single itself is a feel good creation, using classic reggae chord structures and airy rhythms to give space for an extremely pleasing lead vocal line. As we said above however, this one gets really interesting when we look at the different Blood Shanti remixes, having three separate run throughs of the track with dubby twists on every turn.
RBFEATERDUB 1D
31 May 19
Dub
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Emu - (6:11) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Emu II - (5:53) 125 BPM
   
Emu III - (7:14) 103 BPM
   
Emu III (Birdy Bonus Beat) - (4:40) 126 BPM
   
Emu IV (Digital Bonus) - (7:12) 120 BPM
Review: For his last appearance on Running Back, Fort Romeau unashamedly paid tribute to the legendary Fairlight CMI sampling computer. On this follow-up, he turns his attention to another legendary piece of kit from the early 1980s: the more affordable E-Mu series of sampling keyboards/digital workstations. Naturally, the assembled "Emulators" are rich in vibrant and colourful synthesizer motifs, crunchy drum machine hits, elastic basslines and nods towards the kind of club-ready instrumental synth-pop jams that many would consider "Balearic". Highlights-wise, we're particularly enjoying the full-throttle hustle of "Emu" (think Chicken Lips meets early Italian dream house), the glistening ambient rush of "Emu III" and the undulating, acid-flecked cheeriness of digital-only bonus cut "Emu IV". That said, the thrillingly percussive "Bonus Birdy Beats" version of "Emu III" is pretty smart, too.
RB 066DIGITAL
08 Sep 17
Deep House
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Peace Bird - (8:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Smiling Into Eternity - (6:53) 123 BPM
   
Rymd01 - (6:18) 123 BPM
Review: Five years on from the first outing on Running Back, Genius of Time twosome Alexander Berg and Nils Krogh return to Gerd Janson's imprint with their first single in two years. Predictably, the Swedish duo is in fine form, delivering a trio of contrasting cuts that really deserve your attention. First up is the pots-and-pans drumming, scat vocals, booming bass and spacey chords of "Peace Bird", a driving deep house cut that's as atmospheric as they come. "Smiling Into Eternity" is even deeper and more intergalactic, with the pair peppering a chunky groove with swirling electronics and jazzy electric piano solos. Arguably best of all, though, is the rubbery synth-bass, electro-influenced drums and space disco flourishes of closing cut "Rymd01".
RB 075DIGITAL
15 Mar 19
Deep House
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Ooh What A Life - (7:58) 120 BPM
   
Heaven - (7:36) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: For the first volume in Running Back's "Super Sound" re-edit series, boss-man Gerd Janson joins forces with Shan to tart up two lesser-known cuts from the Gibson Brothers, a sibling trio best known for their 1978 Caribbean disco hit "Cuba". They begin with a brilliant, dub disco style re-arrangement of 1979 cut "Ooh What A Life", whose celebratory vocals, chic-like guitars, vibraphone solos and rising orchestration all combine to create maximum dancefloor joy. It has the feel of a summer disco anthem in waiting. Once you've got your breath back, check the duo's version of "Heaven", which re-casts the T.K Disco cut as a hard-wired, bass-heavy disco-house jam full of razor-sharp strings, jangling pianos and bustling electric bass.
RBSSS 1
02 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Space & Time (unreleased re-edit) - (7:26) 126 BPM
   
Prescription Every Night (original mix) - (10:03) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Space & Time (original mix) - (9:16) 126 BPM
   
Space & Time (original alternative version) - (9:25) 126 BPM
RB 020
25 Jan 10
Deep House
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Debleep - (5:59) 125 BPM
   
Lit - (6:29) 84 BPM
   
Sly - (6:37) 125 BPM
   
Untried - (5:02) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RB 071DIGITAL
19 Oct 18
Deep House
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Not Also You - (6:53) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Not You Also - (7:16) 127 BPM
Review: 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.
RB 062
24 Feb 17
Techno
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Hologram - "Solstice" - (7:52) 120 BPM
   
Allison - "Dread" (with One - Diodes Metafunk remix) - (7:37) 124 BPM
   
Hologram - "Solstice" (Prins Thomas remix) - (10:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Reissue of this valuable ambient techno classic on Schematic Records. Originally written and recorded in 1998, "Solstice" is an evocative bleep ambient masterpiece by Atlanta's Omar Torres. Interestingly enough, it first appeared in 2002 as the initial release on Joe Claussell's Natural Resource label. It has gained deep respect and praise over the years, becoming one of the most highly sought after pieces in underground electronic music. This new re-release is remastered for a special digital only copy with an additional remix by Full Pupp chief Prins Thomas.
RBDC 04DIGITAL
26 Oct 18
Deep House
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Child Of Love - (6:37) 115 BPM
   
Everything Question - (8:43) 118 BPM
   
Vintage Voodoo - (6:36) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Free To Spend - (6:49) 118 BPM
Review: London's Hugh Mane, AKA Stupid Human, returns to his semi-regular home of Running Back toting four seriously deep house jams. Opener 'Child Of Love' is a hypnotic, synth-y affair redolent of Larry Heard or Ron Trent, while 'Everybody Question' treads similar ground but has a slightly more electro-like feel. 'Vintage Voodoo' is another synth-heavy cut with Italo leanings and a dose of the John Carpenters, while finally 'Free To Spend' is a darker, bass-heavy affair built for the warm-up or very late play. Peaktime fodder for the high street meat markets this definitely is not, but the headnodders and herbalists will find much to enjoy.
RB 076D
07 Jun 19
Deep House
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Akasha (DJ Oyster Re-edit) - (7:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thank You Larry (DJ GJ edit) - (6:14) 118 BPM
   
Let's Take A Break (DJ GJ edit) - (6:10) 120 BPM
Review: Running Back Double Copy's second installment lovingly re-issues this house classic.The duo of Geoffrey Becker and Philippe Heinenonly only ever had a couple of releases on the short lived Brif Records: and this was the first. Originally released in 1998, right here is some timeless deep house that originally got lumped in with the whole French Touch scene of the time. "Akasha" (DJ Oyster Re-edit) is an evocative jam reminiscent of Pepe Bradock with its rising chords and tribal percussion really getting that sense of elevation happening. "Thank You Larry" (DJ GJ edit) is straight up deep house with diva vocals, as is "Let's Take A Break" (DJ GJ edit) but they really are an afterthought in comparison to that epic first offering, As label boss Gerd Janson said it best himself (regarding the original test pressing) "hopefully the Discogs haters won't get their knickers in a twist this time. It's old house music you fools!"
RBDC 02
05 Oct 17
Deep House
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Rhythm #1 - (5:15) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rhythm #2 - (5:13) 124 BPM
   
Rhythm #3 - (4:44) 118 BPM
   
Rhythm #4 - (4:40) 83 BPM
   
Rhythm #5 - (4:55) 85 BPM
   
Rhythm #6 - (4:55) 105 BPM
Review: It's been nearly three years since the last instalment in Running Back's occasional series of DJ-friendly drum tools. Following solo percussion 12s from Todd Osborn and Redshape, up-and-coming producer Ketiov steps up to the plate. His drum tracks are predictably dense and percussively layered, with clattering, pots and pans hits wrapping themselves around dense, off-kilter kick-drum patters and, in the case of opener "Rhythm#1", restless cowbells. In some ways, it's reminiscent of Max D's work under the Dolo Percussion alias, though Ketiov's cuts do include a few more subtle musical elements - the odd acid line here, a squelchy bassline there - not to mention a swathe of slamming, peak-time friendly tools.
RBB 04DIGITAL
20 Apr 18
Deep House
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Soar - (2:58) 120 BPM
   
Yom Thorke - (9:04) 127 BPM
   
The Russian - (8:04) 127 BPM
   
Samodiva - (4:27) 106 BPM
   
Suncatcher - (4:31) 127 BPM
   
Perth - (5:22) 125 BPM
   
Teo Techno - (5:32) 127 BPM
   
Peter Plet Plete - (5:56) 87 BPM
   
Organ - (5:51) 126 BPM
   
A Taste Of Metal - (5:32) 127 BPM
   
Five - (7:33) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Universe In Her Eyes - (4:14) 80 BPM
Review: Strahil "Kink" Velchev may well be the hardest-working man in dance music. Each new-year brings a succession of fine singles, with little in the way of fluff or filler. Even so, the vast Playground is only his second album to date (his first, "Under Destruction", appeared in 2014). It is arguably his strongest collection of tracks to date, though. Over the course of the 12 tracks, he brilliantly demonstrates the depth and variety of his influences, variously turning his hand to cinematic downtempo beats ("Samodiva", "The Universe in Her Eyes"), warehouse-friendly peak-time anthems (stab-heavy smasher "Russian"), DJ Sneak/Dj Duke-style big room house ("Perth", 'Organ"), mind-altering experimental dub ("Peter Piet Pete"), Industrial ("Tate of Metal") and, of course, angular analogue techno ("Five", "Teo Techno").
RBCD10DIGITAL
03 Nov 17
Deep House
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Perth - (5:22) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Perth (Chord mix) - (5:10) 125 BPM
   
Perth (Beat mix) - (5:38) 125 BPM
Review: KiNK's taster for his up and coming album on Running Back is here. We don't know if the title is inspired by the Scottish town that techno larrikins Clouds are from, or the sleepy mining town in Western Australia: it's anyone's guess! The Bulgarian hardware maverick brings us some funked up disco loops, reminiscent of DJ Sneak's Sneaky Trax imprint back in the day. "Perth" is a prime example of his unstoppable knack for good times. Taken from the new Playground LP, the three versions here are dripping with grease. Split between the original, a chord mix (which is brooding and epic) and a funky beat version full of sultry latin percussion: it's all you ever wanted from a single. Perfect house music for techno DJs and techno music for disco DJs.

RB 068DIGITAL
15 Sep 17
Deep House
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Perth (Dusky remix) - (6:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Teo Techno (Radio Slave Disco dub) - (10:27) 127 BPM
   
Yom Thorke (Matthew Herbert Funnel dub) - (8:11) 127 BPM
   
Five (Josh Wink remix) - (8:00) 130 BPM
Review: As the matter-of-fact title makes clear, this tasty four-tracker delivers fresh re-rubs of tracks from KiNK's superb 2017 album Playground. First in to bat is Dusky, who re-casts "Perth" as a saucer-eyed chunk of rush-inducing, big room-friendly heaviness rich in darting synth stabs, held-note synth-strings, bustling beats, celebratory piano riffs and heady old school vocal samples. In typical fashion, Radio Slave man Matt Edwards turns "Teo Techno" into a dark, sleazy and mind-altering early morning thumper, while Josh Wink re-imagines "Five" as a restless, undeniably psychedelic throb-job. Arguably the best remix, though, comes from Matthew Herbert, whose "Funnel Dub" of "Yom Thorke" gleefully joins the dots between his glitchy, micro-house past, swinging Afro-tech and otherworldly alien funk.
RBKINKRMX DIGITAL
13 Jul 18
Deep House
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To Love You (feat Rachel Row - vocal) - (5:26) 83 BPM
   
To Love You Feat. Rachel Row (feat Rachel Row - instrumental) - (5:26) 83 BPM
   
To Love You Feat. Rachel Row (feat Rachel Row - acappella) - (2:18) 91 BPM
   
I Remember (303 version) - (7:33) 127 BPM
   
RAW - (6:09) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Described by Running Back boss Gerd Janson as an "ode to the miraculous grip a piano still holds over almost any dancefloor", KiNK's latest EP is naturally awash with cuts that will get dancers reaching for the air piano faster than you can say "old school banger". The Bulgarian's banged-out piano motifs naturally come to the fore on heavyweight stomper "RAW", but also play a key role on "To Love You", a rush-inducing chunk of rave era house giddiness that's set to soundtrack a fair few loved-up moments this summer. The vocal version is the killer mix as far as we're concerned, but there are Instrumental and acapella takes, too. We'd also recommend checking the acid-fired, Head High style piano-techno of "I Remember (303 Version)".
RB 081D
07 Jun 19
Deep House
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Blue Moderne - "Through The Night" (dub mix I) - (3:52) 107 BPM
   
Connie - "Funky Little Beat" - (5:14) 118 BPM
   
Skyy - "Show Me The Way" - (5:13) 114 BPM
   
KC Flightt - "Let's Get Jazzy" (Dope dub mix) - (5:45) 123 BPM
   
Modern Romance - "Can You Move" (Midnight vocal mix) - (8:40) 123 BPM
   
Nitro Deluxe - "This Brutal House" - (7:09) 115 BPM
   
Shirley Lites - "Heat You Up" - (5:15) 120 BPM
   
Mark Imperial - "J'Adore Danser" (Club mix) - (6:22) 127 BPM
   
Mario Reyes - "Whatever Turns You On" (Club mix) - (9:39) 123 BPM
   
Wired - "To The Beat Of The Drum" (On The Burn mix) - (5:16) 122 BPM
   
Toyin Agbetu presents Nemesis - "After The Storm" (Boris Dlugosch edit) - (5:58) 121 BPM
   
John Beltran - "Aquatic" - (6:25) 125 BPM
   
The Wizard & The Prince - "The Wiz Is A Genius" - (5:20) 123 BPM
   
Val Young - "If You Should Ever Be Lonely" (Street mix) - (7:21) 118 BPM
   
Syncbeat - "Music" (Boris Dlugosch remix) - (7:12) 121 BPM
   
C.T. Satin - "Found A Friend" (Underworld version) - (7:21) 121 BPM
   
Temper - "No Favors" (dub) - (7:10) 124 BPM
   
Udytu Utzelturk & His Male Harem - "Kairo" - (5:16) 129 BPM
   
Answering Service - "Call Me Mr Telephone" (Street dub mix) - (7:00) 114 BPM
   
Simphonia - "You & Me" (dub) - (5:08) 120 BPM
   
Sandee - "Notice Me" (Notice The House mix) - (8:30) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The 28th Street Crew - "I Need A Rhythm" (vocal Club mix) - (6:19) 125 BPM
   
Solution - "Feels So Right" - (7:25) 122 BPM
   
Housefactors - "Play It Loud" - (8:00) 122 BPM
   
Fortran 5 - "Heart On The Line" (Voodoo Child mix) - (4:56) 128 BPM
   
Ralphie Rosario - "An Instrumental Need" (Club Need) - (6:37) 123 BPM
   
Mood II Swing - "I Need Your Luv" (feat Lee Smith Jr - Lem's Church mix) - (5:41) 123 BPM
   
Nick Holder - "Frantic" (Boris Dlugosch edit) - (4:27) 127 BPM
   
Dee Dee Brave - "Can't Get Over It" (Kaos 6:23 mix) - (5:30) 117 BPM
   
D.O.G. - "The Key" (Lunar dub) - (8:02) 120 BPM
   
The Prince & The Wizard - "The Music Is Kickin" - (4:22) 122 BPM
   
Fila Brazillia - "Mermaids" - (6:16) 120 BPM
   
Station Q - "That Special Melody" (Club mix) - (8:18) 123 BPM
   
Sensory Productions - "Deep Introspection" - (8:05) 124 BPM
   
Hot Streak - "Body Work" (vocal mix) - (8:11) 122 BPM
   
Steve Arrington - "Dancin' In The Key Of Life" (Special mix) - (6:02) 115 BPM
   
Executive - "Celebrate Your Love" (vocal mix) - (6:40) 116 BPM
   
Klaus Stockhausen & Boris Dlugosch - "Running Back Mastermix Presents Front" (continuous DJ mix - Part 1) - (1:12:28) 120 BPM
   
Klaus Stockhausen & Boris Dlugosch - "Running Back Mastermix Presents Front" (continuous DJ mix - Part 2) - (1:15:42) 123 BPM
Review: The latest volume in Running Back's celebratory Mastermix series pays tribute to Hamburg's legendary Front club, which did much to popularize American house music (amongst other things) in Germany the late '80s and early '90s. The expansive set contains an epic DJ mix in two parts from original resident DJs Klaus Stockhausen and Boris Dlugosch, plus no less than 37 vintage cuts that made Front's dancers move. It's pretty much all solid-gold fare, with killer proto-house and first wave house jams being joined by obscure early UK electro (Syncobeat), Balearic deep house (Fila Brazillia's often-overlooked "Mermaids"), sleazy Italo-disco (Answering Machine), New Wave-era Euro dance, Paradise Garage-era New York anthems (Temper, Hot Streak), punk-funk (Modern Romance) and breezy, loved-up synth-pop (the brilliant Dub of Blue Moderne's "Through The Night").
RBFRONTCD 1BDIGITAL
28 Sep 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Mutter - (10:29) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Mutter (Beatless) - (10:29) 86 BPM
Review: Gerd Janson's Running back taps into some local talent courtesy of Stuttgart DJ / producer Konstantin Sibold. The title track is a classic slice of German techno; it has shades of early Force Inc thanks to its tranced out chords and pace - cruising along just below 130bpm for its ten-minute duration - and the raw energy of Tresor in the shape of its gnarly acid line. The musical elements sound much more pronounced on the beatless version, with the chords assuming a slightly menacing edge. However, this is really all about the original version, a tripped out, hypnotic that digs deep into the German electronic music psyche.
RB 1998
29 Apr 16
Minimal/Tech House
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Morning Come (original mix) - (8:00) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Turning (original mix) - (4:31) 115 BPM
   
Green Flash - (7:05) 111 BPM
   
Femme Cosmic - (4:42) 116 BPM
Review: It's fair to say Running Back have not put a foot wrong this year with headline releases from Tiger & Woods and Todd Terje complemented by some lesser celebrated but by no means less impressive twelve inches from Marco Passarani, Disco Nihilist and that stunning Son Of Sam reissue. Their latest release sees the focus shift to another under the radar producer in Suzanne Kraft, whose Green Flash EP makes for one of this year's most attractive releases. Kraft adopts a pleasantly midtempo poise on "Morning Come" with swathes of melodies infused with sunset gradually rising to the fore. This joyous feeling flushes through the rest of the EP with both "Turning" and the title track sounding like Tiger & Woods performing from the deep end of the pool. "Femme Cosmic" provides an excellent finish to proceedings, unfolding from a tinnily reverberant slowed down proto house drawl into some midnight cruise through dubbed out mutant 80s disco boogie.
RB 027
15 Aug 11
Deep House
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Neutron Dance (Paul Woolford Jolly Roger rework) - (7:42) 125 BPM
   
Neutron Dance (Fango remix) - (7:02) 125 BPM
   
Neutron Dance (Mano Le Tough vocal mix) - (6:53) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Neutron Dance (Gerd Janson Birkenstock remix) - (6:47) 125 BPM
Review: Here, a quartet of producers step up to offer their interpretations of "Neutron Dance", the throbbing, Italo-disco-fired lead cut from Krystal Klear's "Division EP". Paul Woolford pays tribute to early Eddie Richards project Jolly Roger on his jaunty, early UK house style rework - all squidgy TB-303 bass, drum machine cowbells and fluid house pianos - before Fango re-imagines the track as a sprightly chunk of New York freestyle/breakbeat house fusion. Fellow Irishman Mano Le Tough takes to the mic on his hybrid Italo-disco/throbbing house take, before Running Back chief Gerd Jansen straps on his "Birkies" and re-imagines the Dublin producer's original as a breezy blast of dub-wise, retro-futurist house.
RB 072RMXDIGITAL
09 Nov 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Euphoric Dreams - (7:12) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Miyoki - (6:42) 117 BPM
Played by: Andy Buchan
Review: Krystal Klear's last outing on Running Back, "Neutron Dance", became one of the house success stories of 2018, so hopes are naturally high for this follow-up. "Euphoric Dreams" certainly lives up to its title, with the Manchester-based Irishman peppering a heavy, delay-laden drum machine groove with elastic synth lines, grandiose melodies and sparkling, Italo-disco style syntheszizer stabs. Like much of his work in the last few years, it subtly references a variety of old dance styles and tracks whilst still sounding pleasingly fresh. The producer's love of snappy, delay-laden drum machine beats and throbbing NYC freestyle electronics returns to the fore on virtual flipside "Miyoki", a cut that's every bit as joyous and glassy eyed as its predecessor.
RB 074DIGITAL
22 Feb 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Euphoric Dreams (KiNK remix) - (5:55) 130 BPM
RB 074RMXD1
05 Jul 19
Techno
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Neutron Dance - (6:36) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Division Ave - (4:22) 112 BPM
   
Shockzoid - (9:04) 129 BPM
   
Moonshake Miner - (6:00) 122 BPM
Review: In recent times, Krystal Klear's EPs have wholeheartedly paid tribute to a variety of (mostly New York-based) historic clubs, artists and dance music sub-genres. While he's officially broken the spell with The Division EP - his first outing on Running Back - for the most part it's still a heart-warming, retro-futurist treat. He kicks things off with the cheery, Italo-disco revivalism of "Neutron Dance", where throbbing synthesizer arpeggio lines and mid-80s melodies are underpinned by a bustling mid-tempo house groove, before slowing things down via the Balearic synth-pop shuffle of "Division Ave". Then you'll find more muscular, freestyle-meets-acid house fun (wild and mind-altering peak-time highlight "Shockzoid") as well as the baggy, glassy-eyed Balearic house rush of closer "Moonshake Mike".
RB 072DIGITAL
20 Apr 18
Deep House
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Entre Nous - (6:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Autobahn - (6:48) 127 BPM
   
I'll Be There When You Need Me - (7:23) 123 BPM
   
Gambino - (5:32) 112 BPM
Review: Since first pitching up on Running Back a year or two back, Dec Lennon AKA Krystal Klear has delivered some of his strongest music to date, including a string of peak-time anthems ("Neutron Dance, "Euphoric Dreams" etc). His latest EP for Gerd Janson's label is similarly strong. Check first the trance-influenced, synth-laden throb of "Entre Nous", where big room piano riffs help raise the track to hands-in-the-air anthem status, before admiring the new beat and EBM influenced neo-trance workout "Autobahn". "I'll Be There When You Need Me" is one of Lennon's most saucer-eyed and loved-up tunes to date - all warm waves of synthesizer bliss and decidedly Balearic melodies - while "Gambino" is a cheery skip through 1980s NYC freestyle territory with added Mylo style riffs.
RB086.1D
15 Nov 19
Deep House
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Phlipper - (6:50) 125 BPM
   
Phlipper Tool - (1:15) 111 BPM
   
Muscle - (6:25) 122 BPM
   
Vizzi Vazzi - (6:58) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: German house label Running Back has featured the likes of Radio Slave and Boris Dlugosch in its schedules. Now its time for cult hero Philipp Lauer to join the party and he's marked the occasion with the Phlipper EP, possibly his most Italo disco-influenced release yet. Basically the whole record is the sound of summer holiday fun - the title track is breathy retro Eurotrance, (think the Rhythm Of The Night) all stonewashed synths and hands-in-the-open-night-air melodies. "Muscle" meanwhile is more your 80s Outrun-style arpeggio disco and "Lauer Vizzi" is pure late 80s Italo house joy think Rimini via the Hacienda.
RB 064DIGITAL
09 Jun 17
Deep House
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70000ac - (5:35) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Coppers - (6:29) 117 BPM
   
Sheldor - (5:03) 115 BPM
   
Hafflinger - (7:10) 117 BPM
   
Frontex Slowfox - (4:19) 115 BPM
   
Tentatious - (7:01) 109 BPM
   
Crawlington - (6:50) 118 BPM
   
Sandalscene - (4:18) 90 BPM
   
Miamisync - (6:38) 118 BPM
   
Delmar 2700 - (5:56) 119 BPM
   
TV - (5:32) 122 BPM
   
Trainmann - (6:54) 118 BPM
RBCD 04
30 Apr 12
Deep House
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Blissos - (3:15) 122 BPM
   
Fatigue - (5:53) 127 BPM
   
Direction - (5:18) 124 BPM
   
Mirrors (feat Jasnau) - (4:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Phaser7 - (4:49) 118 BPM
   
Faell - (2:39) 146 BPM
   
Realistic - (4:16) 116 BPM
   
Nirost - (5:23) 122 BPM
   
Power (feat Jasnau) - (4:36) 127 BPM
Review: While he's been keeping himself in the spotlight via some suitably glassy-eyed and loved-up remixes and collaborations, Phillip Lauer has not released much solo music in 2018. Now we know why: he was putting the finishing touches to "Power", his latest full-length for Gerd Janson's consistent Running Back label. As you might expect, all nine tracks ripple with giddy audio references to vintage dance styles of the '80s and '90s, from the synth-heavy Italo-disco revivalism of "Phaser7" and "Mirrors", to the rush-inducing electro positivity of "Direction" and the almost overwhelmingly sun-kissed pulse of Balearic-minded ambient opener "Blissos". While his inspirations are overwhelmingly old-fashioned, the resultant tracks are rarely less than brilliant, with the instrumental synth-pop rush of "Realistic" and muscular, Bobby Orlando-esque sing-along "Power" amongst the many sparkling highlights.
RBLP 12DIGITAL
16 Nov 18
Electro
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Cloud Walker - (9:40) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Special - (6:26) 123 BPM
   
Zone In - (7:28) 122 BPM
RB 059
08 Jul 16
Deep House
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Beyond This... - (3:36) 81 BPM
   
Saxony - (4:22) 120 BPM
   
Beau Sovereign - (5:51) 121 BPM
   
Paradisea - (6:38) 120 BPM
   
Wahness - (6:50) 122 BPM
   
Blush - (8:30) 122 BPM
   
Kiburu's - (8:33) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
...There Is You - (5:12) 118 BPM
Review: Having contributed a stellar track to Gerd Janson's Musik For Autobahns 2 compilation, it's little surprise to see Leon Vynehall pop up on Running Back. Rojus (Designed To Dance) is an expansive eight trackaffair thati s likely to be as popular as 2014's Music For The Uninvited LP for Martyn's 3024 label. It's also predictably varied; contrast, for example, the drowsy ambient chords and twinkling electronics of opener "Beyond This", and the deep-jack-goes-rave sweatiness of "Beau Sovereign". Vynehall also finds space for the Balearic jazz-house swing of "Paradisea", the wall-of-sound Detroit deep house of "Blush", and the African influenced drum workout "...There Is You". In other words, it's a versatile cracker.
RBCD 061
01 Apr 16
Deep House
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Oh Jupiter - (4:23) 129 BPM
   
Atmosphere - (8:10) 131 BPM
   
Enter Jehrico (feat Omega III) - (5:26) 125 BPM
   
Essential Elements - (6:21) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hellafied Sisters - (5:16) 120 BPM
   
Boss Moves - (6:40) 127 BPM
   
Bone 2 Bone - (4:13) 128 BPM
   
L.U.K.E. - (6:53) 125 BPM
   
Solid State - (5:58) 127 BPM
RB 070DIGITAL
19 May 18
Minimal/Tech House
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Aroon - (5:46) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Morning Star - (2:17) 119 BPM
   
Point & Figure - (4:03) 104 BPM
   
Heikin-Ashi - (2:35) 100 BPM
   
TRIX - (4:35) 69 BPM
   
Keltner & Chalkin - (4:05) 102 BPM
   
Ichimoku - (3:14) 102 BPM
   
Donchian Reprise - (5:03) 88 BPM
   
Boolean Hawks - (5:07) 94 BPM
   
Evening Star - (1:55) 78 BPM
Review: International man of mystery (and indeed feels) Mark Barrott makes his debut on Gerd's Running Back with another set of blissed out island sketches. His third full LP (as Mark Barrott) Nature Sounds Of The Balearics returns to the sandy-toed source as 10 originals whisk us away to balmy pastures; sometimes the trip comes with a little under-sprung turbulence like the jittering juke twist of "Trix", other experiences soothe the soul with a little beatless sprinkle like "Ichimoku" while others, like the lavish finale track "Evening Star" are total synth cosmicity. A man of many aliases but one consistent soul; Barrott always blasts you away...
RBINC 003LPDIGITAL
23 Nov 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Deja Vu - (7:15) 99 BPM
   
Beat Down - (9:14) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Acos CoolKAs, KS French
RB 005
26 Oct 06
Balearic/Downtempo
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Nobody Else (original mix) - (7:16) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nobody Else (bonus beats) - (4:43) 115 BPM
   
The Wolf (original mix) - (8:44) 112 BPM
   
The Siren (original mix) - (0:57)
   
Stoneleigh Express (original mix - digital bonus) - (7:17) 112 BPM
RB 025
20 Aug 10
Deep House
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Don't Call Me Again - (7:31) 124 BPM
   
Scale - (5:49) 123 BPM
   
Sample & Hold - (2:19) 126 BPM
   
Polee - (7:29) 126 BPM
   
Galaxy 21 - (6:18) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Amazingly, it's been some three years since the last single from former Crosstown Rebels and Music For Freaks mainstay Matthew Styles. As you'd perhaps expect given its release by Running Back, this comeback EP is pretty good, with the hirsute producer offering up a variety of flavours across the five tracks. The title track, for example, is little more than a freaky, beatless DJ tool, while "Polee" channels the spirit of space disco and Chicago jack. "Scale" is unfashionably deep and careful, whilst "Galaxy 21" is a heavy percussion work-out with a twist. All are overshadowed by impressive lead cut "Don't Call Me Again", which sounds like a swinging house take on the classic Carl Craig sound.
RB 028
12 Sep 11
Minimal/Tech House
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Sex With Madonna - (6:26) 130 BPM
   
Centurion_X - (6:13) 128 BPM
   
Shame - (5:53) 122 BPM
   
Night Walker Zwei - (5:46) 130 BPM
   
HL_LM - (4:19) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It's hard to think of a label that would be less likely to release Neil Landstrumm's music than Running Back, so this EP underlines the fact that anything is possible. Admittedly, the Scottish producer has tempered his sound somewhat for Shitting Diamonds; "Sex With Madonna" and "Centurion X" both see the maverick producer make his sound more accessible, thanks to the pulsating bass tones and synths that swirl in overhead in majestic fashion. "Shame" also revolves around a throbbing bass-line but on this occasion, the synths and approach are more lo-fi. "Night Walker Zwei" meanwhile is a tougher techno work out, while he ends the release with the chugging electronic disco of "HI_Lm".
RB 077
10 May 19
Electro
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Colliding Stars (part 1) - (10:00)
   
Colliding Star (bonus) - (5:39) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Good Split (I Like It) - (7:19) 118 BPM
RB 099.1
27 Sep 10
Deep House
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