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Founded in 2002 by Gerd Janson and Thorsten Scheu, but now primarily run by Gerd, Running Back is a German label that’s made a name for itself for its spaced out, melody-rich, modern house and disco flavours. Running Back has so far seen feel-good releases from the likes of: Roman Fluegel, KiNK, Dusky, Alan Dixon, Tensnake, Tiger & Woods, Lauer, Tornado Wallace and more. The label also boasts some incredible peak hour tracks, including Krystal Klear’s ‘Neutron Dance’, Todd Terje’s ‘Ragysh’ and Storken’s ‘Lille Vals’.
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Acrobatic Thoughts
 
Healing Codes - (4:08) 69 BPM
 
Pseudolove - (5:39) 80 BPM
 
Wandering Frames - (7:32) 112 BPM
 
Z Miles - (4:01) 80 BPM
 
Beautiful Engines - (6:44) 110 BPM
 
Storme - (4:21) 84 BPM
 
Monocielo - (2:04) 68 BPM
 
Fiction Of A Sea - (3:29) 62 BPM
 
Seabrain - (4:15) 75 BPM
 
Azolyna - (2:04) 73 BPM
RBINC 008D
14 Jan 22
Experimental/Electronic
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One Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer Part 4
Various
   
Yungruzt - "Starlight" (feat Eluize) - (7:26) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Baldo - "Human Connection" - (5:50) 132 BPM
   
9th House - "Ara" - (5:12) 126 BPM
   
Delphi - "7_11 House" - (5:18) 127 BPM
   
Signal Mute - "Reminiscence" - (4:55) 126 BPM
Review: Gerd Janson has looked beyond his usual roster of producers on the latest edition of Running Back's multi-artist EP series. The result is a five-track missive full of genuine gems and scintillating sonic surprises. Our picks of a very strong bunch are the rushing piano house revivalism of Delphi's extra-positive '7_11 House' and the full-throttle, acid-fired breakbeat house hedonism of Baldo's 'Human Connection', where bold chords and fizzing TB-303 lines catch the ear. Elsewhere, Yungrutz's 'Starlight' sounds a little like Tuff City Kids after a couple of drags on a jazz cigarette, 9th House's 'Ara' is a simmering, string-laden treat and Signal Mute's 'Reminiscence' is an exceptionally emotive chunk of tingling deep house beauty.
RB 0854
12 Nov 21
Deep House
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Rhythm Trainx Vol 3
   
100.5 Bpm - (4:04) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
110 Bpm - (4:05) 110 BPM
   
115 Bpm - (4:14) 115 BPM
   
121 BPM (1) - (3:59) 121 BPM
   
123 Bpm - (4:12) 62 BPM
   
125.5 Bpm - (4:21) 63 BPM
   
126 Bpm - (4:12) 128 BPM
   
150.62 Bpm - (4:08) 76 BPM
   
123 BPM (1) - (4:14) 123 BPM
   
124 Bpm - (4:09) 62 BPM
   
125 Bpm - (4:06) 125 BPM
   
130 Bpm - (4:08) 65 BPM
Review: Yo-yo-yo Manuel Tur back in the house with Rhythm Trainx Vol 3, another ghetto-blastin' compilation of bad-ass US style drum trax, rhythm sections and groove hopping beats. Handily organised by BPM, each number's given speed goes some distance it suggesting where each track is at; beit footworking vibes of "150.62 Bpm" to the heavier, slightly tribal and slower-mo disco-electro grooves of "115 Bpm", "100.5 Bpm" and "110 Bpm". Get your jungle associated house kicks and epic sample vamps outta "126 Bpm" next to some abstract dancefloor wares in "130 Bpm" and "124 Bpm", alongside old school Chicago jack in "125.5 Bpm" to heavy warehouse sessions in "123 Bpm". Everything you could want ranging from 100 to 150 Bpm!
RBB 05
22 Oct 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Star
   
Star (extended) - (6:48) 123 BPM
   
Star (extended instrumental) - (6:48) 123 BPM
   
Tour De Perel - (6:33) 131 BPM
   
Internal Monologue - (5:04) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Star (extended German version) - (4:56) 123 BPM
   
Eis Am Stil - (1:27) 121 BPM
   
In The Box - (2:38) 124 BPM
Review: Ah, mid-80s Germany... stonewashed jeans, Cold War paranoia, Nina Hagen, rent boys at the Bahnhof Zoo, the Sony Walkman, Alphaville and some truly horrendous multi-coloured shellsuits. That's the musical and cultural backdrop against which this five-track, eight-mix EP from Annegret Fiedler AKA Perel operates, by and large - though the DFA and Running Back regular does find room, too, for hints of Gaga-esque pop on 'Internal Monologue', as well as an excursion into electro territory on the sparse, bodypopper-friendly 'In The Box'. If spiky indie-dance with a coldwave twist is your bag, step right on in.
RB 103D
18 Jun 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boss Moves 2: Welcome Back
   
B1 - (5:13) 123 BPM
   
It's Alright - (6:17) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Nu Life - (6:31) 128 BPM
   
Is This Real - (6:10) 123 BPM
   
Why So Mad - (5:52) 123 BPM
   
Identify - (6:26) 128 BPM
   
Cage Dance - (5:06) 123 BPM
   
Hot Source - (6:33) 116 BPM
   
Lean - (5:20) 130 BPM
   
Zusammen (ambient mix) - (4:24) 113 BPM
Review: Back in 2018, Klasse Wrecks main man Luca Lozano made his bow on Running Back with Boss Moves, an album-length excursion full of sweaty, revivalist rave workouts. This belated follow-up is a little more nuanced and eclectic musically, but it remains full of audible references to the music of the Sheffield-raised, Berlin-based producer's youth. Along the way, you'll find deep and immersive, ambient techno-influenced breakbeat, hip-house/mid-90s US garage fusion, acid-fired dancefloor psychedelia, vibrant synth sounds and tons of Lozano's beloved Yorkshire bleeps. There's plenty of club-ready fodder across the set, of course, but there's enough melody, variation and atmosphere to make it an album (whether they're calling it that or not) that also sounds great at home.
RB 102D
04 Jun 21
Deep House
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Piano Banana
   
Piano Banana (Long version) - (7:06) 127 BPM
   
Piano Banana (Bonus Bananas) - (4:02) 127 BPM
   
Piano Banana (1990's mix) - (6:49) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Piano Banana (Beach Beats) - (4:21) 110 BPM
   
Piano Banana (Banambient mix) - (5:12) 140 BPM
Review: By the sounds of his latest single for Running Back - his fifth in total - Krystal Klear has spent much of the last 12 months dreaming about DJing at Adriatic beach parties and open-air outdoor raves. 'Piano Banana' is as positive and rushing as they come, with the EP-leading 'Long Version' delivering an ear-catching, mood-enhancing mix of vibrant, Italo-style synthesizer motifs, arpeggio-driven bass, tough-but-groovy drums and the kind of hands-in-the-air piano riffs that were once a common feature of Italian house records. The alternative mixes are really rather good too, with two drum-focused DJ tools (the edit-heavy, sweat-soaked 'Bonus Bananas' and the pitched-down, sunset-ready 'Beach Beats') being joined by a relaxed, loved-up, dream house-influenced '1990s Mix' and a chiming, immersive, new age-inspired 'Banambient Mix'. Ace!
RB 101D
21 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Eating Darkness
   
Magic Briefcase - (4:22) 128 BPM
   
Chemicals - (5:17) 118 BPM
   
Wow - (5:28) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jocks & Freaks - (4:09) 125 BPM
   
The Best Is Yet To Come - (4:25) 100 BPM
   
Cluttered Homes - (4:57) 115 BPM
   
Eternal - (3:41) 110 BPM
   
Locked - (4:59) 80 BPM
   
Charles - (2:23) 90 BPM
   
D.I.S.C.O. (extended version) - (6:19) 125 BPM
   
D.I.S.C.O. (dub) - (7:23) 125 BPM
   
Anima - (6:59) 130 BPM
   
Eating Darkness - (3:21) 128 BPM
Review: It's been a while since Roman Flugel last delivered an album, and that was the all-ambient Themes I-XIII in 2018. Eating Darkness, the German veteran's fifth solo full-length, is therefore well overdue. It's a quietly confident and undeniably entertaining affair, with the former Alter Ego man smartly sashaying between evocative IDM ('Magic Briefcase', 'The Best is Yet To Come', the Autechre-ish 'Eating Darkness'), druggy slo-mo fare ('Chemicals'), raw new wave throb-jobs ('Wow'), acid-flecked jack-tracks ('Jocks & Freaks'), hypnotic late night minimal techno ('Cluttered Homes'), drowsy downtempo cheeriness ('Locked'), beautiful ambient synth-scapes ('Charles') and revivalist Euro-disco pump ('D.I.S.C.O'). Throughout, Flugel reaches for vintage analogue and modular synthesizer sounds, giving the album a distinctively timeless feel.
RBLP 15D
07 May 21
Minimal/Tech House
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One Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer Part 3
   
CYRK - "Italo Blade" - (6:37) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Snad - "The Most Euphoric Moment Of My Life" - (6:43) 127 BPM
   
Voon - "Brando" - (6:46) 121 BPM
   
Lukas Lehmann - "Juno Cuts A Caper" - (6:47) 116 BPM
Review: Running Back's occasional One Swallow Doesn't Make a Summer EPs are always worth a listen, not least because there's no filler or fluff - just a string of tried-and-tested club workouts from a variety of artists. Volume three in the series begins in muscular, pumped-up fashion via some sweat-soaked Italo-disco-meets-Hi-NRG revivalism from Berlin twosome Cryk, before Snad takes over via the rubbery synth-bass, sparkling synths and jaunty breakbeat house grooves of 'The Most Euphoric Moment of My Life'. Voon's 'Brando' is a cheeky fusion of bubbly Euro-disco bass, unfussy machine beats and surging synthesizer melodies, while Lukas Lehman's 'Juno Cuts a Caper' expertly joins the dots between dreamy deep house and shimmering, life-affirming synthesizer soundscapes.
RB 0853D
16 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Anima EP
   
D.I.S.C.O. (extended version) - (6:19) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
D.I.S.C.O. (dub) - (7:23) 125 BPM
   
Anima - (6:59) 130 BPM
   
Eating Darkness - (3:21) 128 BPM
Review: Having previously joined forces with Running Back to launch his own label, Sister Midnight, it's no surprise to find Roman Flugel pitching up on Gerd Janson's popular imprint with a brand-new imprint. The Anima EP is a teaser for the veteran producer's forthcoming album, Eating Darkness, though all of the tracks are exclusive to this release. The headline attraction is undoubtedly 'D.I.S.C.O', a jaunty, life-affirming fusion of throbbing, sequenced synth bass, sparkling lead lines and progressive trance motifs that comes accompanied by a deeper and more trippy-sounding Dub mix. Elsewhere, 'Anima' is a wonky and minimalistic chunk of off-kilter micro-house, while 'Eating Darkness' is a fine slab of revivalist '90s IDM complete with dark and mind-bending modular sounds.
RB 097D
19 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Let's Go Out
   
Yellow Theme (Song) - (3:18) 128 BPM
   
Rain On Me - (4:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
In Love - (3:25) 75 BPM
   
Together We'll Be Fine - (6:57) 134 BPM
   
Free - (3:36) 72 BPM
   
Time To Go - (5:07) 126 BPM
   
Don't Stop - (4:41) 130 BPM
   
NT4 (outro) - (1:30) 131 BPM
Review: Bella Boo's debut album, 2019's Studio Barnhus-released Once Upon a Passion, was a gloriously off-kilter affair that neatly distilled her numerous dancefloor influences into one inspired package. Happily, we can confirm that this follow-up on Running Back is every bit as interesting and expansive, with the Stockholm-based producer darting between melodious electronica, hazy, sample-rich deep house, tantalising snippets of experimental deep D&B (see 'In Love'), melodious broken beat ('Together We Will Be Fine'), 8-bit dream-scapes (the hard-to-pigeonhole 'Free'), chunky two-step ('Don't Stop') and immersive, glassy-eyed ambient ('NT4 (Outro)'). In other words, it delivers further confirmation that Boo is one of the most exciting artists around right now.
RB 096D
04 Dec 20
Deep House
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Ego Rave
   
Ego Rave A - (7:53) 130 BPM
   
Ego Rave B - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ego Rave C - (5:06) 126 BPM
   
Ego Rave D - (5:19) 128 BPM
   
Ego Rave D1 - (3:31) 128 BPM
Review: Deetron follows last year's Body Electric release on Running Back with a fine dance floor-based EP inspired by his formidable DJing. "Ego Rave B" is a seductive, bubbling electronic groove that supports woozy, cosmic synths, while on "Ego Rave D" and its "D1" variant, he goes down a tracky route, with dense drums and snappy percussion providing the basis for old school techno bleeps. There are also remnants of the Swiss DJ's more peak time selections: "Ego Rave A", sees Deetron fuse tranced out hooks with gentle piano keys, while "Ego Rave C" is a wide-eyed, good time electro-techno track.
RB 095D
20 Nov 20
Techno
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Music For The NAACP
Various
   
KiNK - "Machine Funk" - (4:50) 128 BPM
   
Iron Curtis & Session Victim - "Abalone" (Gerd Janson edit) - (6:52) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Genius Of Time - "Network Labyrinth" (dub) - (4:39) 125 BPM
   
Katerina - "Sincerly, G" - (6:17) 120 BPM
   
Robert Dietz - "Isn't It Nice?" - (3:58) 130 BPM
   
Roman Flegel - "Feel The Heat" (String mix) - (5:00) 128 BPM
   
Dinky - "This Ain't No" - (4:53) 124 BPM
   
Bella Boo - "LA Magic" - (4:57) 130 BPM
   
Tiger & Woods - "Lonely Toad" - (7:11) 117 BPM
   
Todd Osborn - "Friendly" - (6:00) 121 BPM
Played by: Bertrand Contador
Review: As the title suggests, this surprise compilation of exclusive material from Gerd Janson's Running Back label was put together in response to the killing of George Floyd, and in order to raise funds for the National Association for the NAACP's Legal Defence Fund. Given his connections, it's perhaps unsurprising that Janson has managed to tease out terrific tracks from the likes of KiNK (the sparkling, synth-laden goodness of 'Machine Funk'), Genius of Time (a fine dub of the dusty, ultra-deep late night hypnotism of 'Network Labyrinth'), Roman Flugel (the snappy analogue heaviness of 'Feel The Heat (String Mix)' and Tiger & Woods (rainbow-coloured deep Italo-disco jam 'Lonely Toad').
RBNAACP 1D
02 Oct 20
Deep House
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Reality 2
   
Reality 2 - (6:46) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Trans Global Ltd - (6:07) 123 BPM
   
Flash Forward - (4:52) 125 BPM
   
Promises - (4:36) 118 BPM
   
Visuals - (5:29) 123 BPM
Review: Riding a wave of Zdarlight since 2005, legendary contemporary electro act Digitalism make their way from the annals of French label Kitsune to Gerd Janson's equally influential Running Back! With Gerd himself remixing the duo's "Destination Breakdown" back in 2016, he invites Digitalism to his label for five of the freshest tracks we've heard from the project in years. Still harking back to the wonder years of that French electro sound, Digitalism returns with a new selection of melodic, inspired and colourful electro numbers: you pick the hit. Tracks like "Promises" bring back memories of Kavinsky's golden days (now commonly associated with the movie Drive) while there's dubby, colourful and techno beats in "Flash Forward". "Visuals" sees the pair dial up a vocal, piano-laced electro ballad, with good times to be had in "Reality 2". And for some refined EDM flavours without the overhaul look to "Trans Global Ltd".
RB 094D
02 Oct 20
Deep House
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Das Rote Haar
   
Das Rote Haar (original) - (6:48) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Das Rote Haar (instrumental) - (6:51) 118 BPM
   
Das Rote Haar (Cheveux Rouge dub) - (4:57) 118 BPM
RBDC 07
18 Sep 20
Deep House
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Electric Baile/Pushin' Too Hard (Gerd Janson & Enzo Elia Edits)
   
Electric Baile (Enzo Elia vocal edit) - (5:22) 122 BPM
   
Electric Baile (Enzo Elia dub edit) - (4:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Electric Baile (Enzo Elia Bonus Beats) - (3:15) 122 BPM
   
Pushin' Too Hard (Gerd Janson Mega mix) - (6:36) 120 BPM
   
Pushin' Too Hard (Gerd Janson Instrumix) - (6:10) 120 BPM
Review: Though barely a footnote in the documented history of Chicago house, Masterplan - a duo made up of vocalist Pepper Gomez and keyboardist Tom O'Callaghan - was responsible for a handful of killer early house cuts. Here two of their cult singles from 1986 are given the re-edit treatment for the very first time. Enzo Elia handles "Electric Baile", a killer combination of percussion-rich machine drums, Italo-disco style bass and addictive lead lines, first offering up a "Vocal Edit" before brilliantly cutting up and dubbing out the drums on his "Dub Edit" and "Bonus Beat" versions. Gerd Janson takes his scalpel to follow-up "Pushin' Too Hard", playing around with the synth-pop bass, sparkling synths and unfussy drums on "Megamix" and "Instrumix" versions. The latter contains some killer '80s dancefloor dub style effects and plenty of sweaty percussion fills.
RBSSS5D
18 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Money
   
Money - (5:20) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
How Green Was My Wallet - (2:04) 106 BPM
   
Blood Moon - (6:13) 130 BPM
   
Lost In Logik - (4:02) 101 BPM
   
Vento - (5:47) 74 BPM
   
Curves - (3:48) 111 BPM
   
Big Zero - (5:49) 120 BPM
Played by: Kenneth bager
Review: For the latest missive on their "non-dancefloor"-focussed "Incarnations" offshoot, Running Back has turned to returning artist Feater, AKA Daniel Meuzard. The Vienna-based producer has delivered a seven-track set that counts as his sophomore album, following the release of admired full-length debut "Socialo Blanco" in 2019. Musically, "Money" is impressively diverse, flitting between kwaito-inspired, synth-laden dancefloor warmth (the jaunty ttle track), spaced-out ambient oddness ("How Green Was My Wallet", "Curves"), heady post-punk pop revivalism (the near-Balearic "Blood Moon"), percussion-heavy synthesizer soundscapes ("Lost In Logic"), Clavinet-sporting, White Isle-friendly wonders (standout "Vento") and clanking, modular-made electronica ("Big Zero").
RBINC0 07LPD
11 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Extra Dimensions
   
Extra Dimensions - (5:25) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reload Love - (5:10) 132 BPM
   
An Old Robot On A Broken Piano - (4:20) 133 BPM
   
Hypno Hypno - (5:14) 129 BPM
   
Rainbow Rockets - (4:09) 126 BPM
   
8 Bit Horizons - (5:36) 127 BPM
Review: With a considerable back catalogue of EPs on techno labels like Cocoon, Token and his own Exploration imprint, Johannes Volk is not the most obvious name to feature on Running Back. However, Extra Dimensions contains a number of surprises: the title track is a hypnotic, pulsating slice of electronic disco, more Moroder than Mills, while on "Reload Love", Volk draws on the influence of Kevin Saunderson's E-Dancer project to deliver an ominous bass that unfolds over skippy break beats and lithe percussion. "An Old Android On A Broken Piano" remains in the Detroit area, thanks to its euphoric keys and rolling groove. Meanwhile, "Hypno Hypno" sees the German producer continue to deliver the unexpected with a vocodered vocal sequence realised against chiming bells and breaks, while on "Rainbow Rockets" there's a melodic electro sound
RB 093D
04 Sep 20
Techno
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Acid Test
   
Test 1 - (6:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Test 2 - (5:25) 105 BPM
Review: Originally released on Playhouse back in 1998, the passage of 22 years has done little to diminish the lustre of Acid Test. Re-released on running back, both tracks also serve as a reminder that Flugel has been a creative force to be reckoned with for over three decades. "Test 1" revolves around swaggering, steely drums and insistent percussion that provide the basis for bleak acid lines that gnaw at the synapses. On "Test 2", Flugel goes down a more abstract path; tweaked 303s splurge their way over a slowed down, low-slung groove and when the snares kick in, a wave of pent-up energy is released.
RBDC 06
07 Aug 20
Techno
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One Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer (Part 2)
   
Llewellyn - "Synergy Bar" - (7:08) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Yogtze - "Please Hold The Line" (Fred Asquith remix) - (6:39) 135 BPM
   
John Noseda - "Spiral Galaxy" - (6:44) 120 BPM
   
Lipelis, AC - "Central Store" - (6:14) 120 BPM
Review: Running Back bring us four despatches from disco's more experimental fringes. The EP opens straightforwardly enough with Llewellyn's 'Synergy Bar', a lively, throbbing houser with hints of both disco and prog in equal measure, not to mention a distinctive fluttering topline. But Yogtze's pacy, EBM-ish 'Please Hold The Line' soon takes us into somewhat more leftfield territory, before John Noseda gives us 'Spiral Galaxy' - think John Carpenter trying his hand at Italo-disco. Lipelis X AC then close out the EP with 'Central Store', another Euro-inspired cut beamed straight in from around 1983 or so.
RB 0852D
31 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Things We Do
   
Breaking - (4:17) 76 BPM
   
Four Lonely Words - (4:11) 119 BPM
   
Work - (4:05) 102 BPM
   
Special Times & Places - (5:24) 102 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Strong Like Nature - (5:16) 126 BPM
   
Breaking (instrumental) - (4:17) 76 BPM
   
Four Lonely Words (CPUB dub) - (4:21) 119 BPM
   
Strong Like Nature (CPUB dub) - (5:16) 126 BPM
RBINC 006D
24 Jul 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Piano Drop
   
Acid Drop - (5:48) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Acid Drop (Swimming mix) - (5:27) 124 BPM
   
Poye Loco - (7:26) 108 BPM
   
Rudy's Spector - (6:14) 122 BPM
Review: Alan Dixon, who's resident DJ at Savage in London, returns to Gerd Janson's Running Back with an EP that's unsurprisingly long on keys action. 'Acid Drop' gets the ball rolling, opening with a squelchy, early 80s-sounding synth bassline before unleashing a deluge of hands-in-the-air rave/Italo-house pianos from around the two-minute mark. The accompanying Swimming Mix tones down the 80s bass and adds a shimmering synth top line, giving the track something of a Balearic prog feel, while elsewhere 'Poye Loco' is a druggy, hazy nu-disco chugger and 'Rudy's Selector' is a midtempo, contemplative piece, both also heavily laced with piano.
RB 092D
24 Jul 20
Funky/Club House
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Traens
   
Traens 1 - (3:22) 128 BPM
   
Traens 2 - (5:42) 129 BPM
   
Traens 3 - (4:50) 128 BPM
   
Traens 4 - (7:09) 127 BPM
   
Traens 5 - (5:22) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Traens 6 - (5:28) 131 BPM
   
Traens 7 - (3:34) 130 BPM
   
Traens 8 - (5:51) 124 BPM
   
Traens 9 - (4:39) 129 BPM
   
Traens 10 - (7:43) 127 BPM
   
Traens 11 (Digital Bonus) - (8:45) 125 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas follows last year's Ambitions long player with a somewhat different proposition. Inspired by early 90s trance and wrapping this influence around a variety of tempos and grooves, Traens is an interesting departure. The foreboding bass of "Traens 2" and "Traens 3" are sure to appeal to those who want a big room take on sounds of a bygone era, while the pumping, acid-soaked "Traens 6" is a pure, old school track. This only tells half the story however, and on "Traens 4", Thomas draws on his love of sleek disco grooves to create a spaced out, cosmic affair. There are also traces of Balearic flair, and the deep, sensuous house of "Traens 5" shows that while Prins Thomas is caught in a trance moment, he remains rooted in disco.
RBLP 14D
10 Jul 20
Techno
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More Love!
   
More Love! - (7:32) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kickin' In (Patrick Cowley) - (8:14) 125 BPM
   
Warped Minds - (6:06) 122 BPM
   
Warped Minds (TJJ's More Cowbell Reprise) - (4:52) 122 BPM
Review: If you know your dance music history, you'll no doubt already have recognised this EP's artwork... for those that haven't, it's a pastiche of the cover of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', and never has the phrase "wears its musical influences on its sleeve" been more apt! Inside you'll find four slices of hi-octane electronic disco in the classic Moroder/Cowley mode, with 'More Love!' itself blurring the lines between homage, re-edit and cover, 'Kicking In (Patrick Cowley)' continuing the theme and the surging, euphoric 'Warped Minds' sporting a gloriously cheesy vocodered vocal and coming accompanied by a FIERCE dub/beats pass from Johanz himself.
RB 090D
03 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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The Out Of Body Experience
   
1st Time - (4:48) 120 BPM
   
2nd Time - (4:31) 121 BPM
   
3rd Time - (4:36) 119 BPM
   
4th Time - (4:31) 115 BPM
   
5th Time - (4:34) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
6th Time - (4:02) 119 BPM
   
7th Time - (4:18) 120 BPM
Review: These days, Rheji Burrell and his twin brother Ronald are very successful songwriters and producers working in the pop, rap and R&B fields, but back in the late 80s/early 90s they were helping to establish the deep house/deep garage blueprint with releases on Nu Groove and other labels under a bewildering array of aliases, of which NY House'N Authority was merely the best known. Now, Gerd Janson's Running Back serve up seven unreleased nuggets from the Burrell archives, and for lovers of deep electronic grooves it's pretty much an essential purchase - the bleeps n' bass vibes of '5th Time' would justify the price of admission on their own!
RB087D
05 Jun 20
Deep House
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The V EP
   
Destiny - (4:16) 121 BPM
   
Epiphany - (4:17) 120 BPM
   
Euphoria - (4:22) 120 BPM
   
Gifted - (4:08) 80 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Karma - (4:09) 120 BPM
Review: A literal legend of the scene, Rheji Burrell, aka The Utopian Project, is a house music pioneer outta New York whose work for Nu Groove Records from back in the day has earned him most notoriety. The Utopian Project's last new music was released a staggering 30 years ago, with Gerd Janson's Running Back the one to coax five fresh hits/numbers/rhythm tracks from the storied artist today. "Destiny" and "Karma" go hand in hand to supply V with its sweet melodies and lighter piano motifs, with straight up '90s keys, chords and strings dominating "Euphoria". With "Destiny" and "Gifted" shimmering in a new age candescence of percussive notation, throbbing basslines and slamming drums too, The Utopian Project lives!
RB091D
05 Jun 20
Deep House
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Tanzstuecke
   
Stuck 4 - (6:35) 125 BPM
   
Schlagzeug - (4:29) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Valentino - (6:44) 125 BPM
   
Holzboden - (6:11) 124 BPM
   
Video 83 - (6:32) 123 BPM
Review: Since 2014, Frankfurt producer Shan has offered up regular missives on Running Back, with each successive EP exploring different sonic territory to its predecessor whilst retaining a strong retro-futurist feel. His latest offering is undeniably eclectic in its dancefloor-focused approach, with Shan variously turning his hand to percussion-heavy jack tracks (the sweat-soaked heaviness of "Schlagzeug"), Italo-disco/80s Euro-house fusion (opener "Stuck 4"), Bobby Orlando-style Hi-NRG ("Valentino"), mix 1980s Shep Pettibone dubs of synth-pop cuts (the rather brilliant "Holzboden") and stylish, synth-laden cosmic disco wildness (EP closing throb-job "Video 83"). As you'd expect, there's a stripped-back authenticity to the sound and production that captures the raw energy and feel of the vintage music that inspired him (albeit with the kind of low-end weight associated with heavily compressed 21st century dance music).
RBSHAN 04D
01 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Cyclia Two
   
Future Fantasy - (6:31) 131 BPM
   
One Night In PBar - (6:22) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dutch Gold - (6:43) 129 BPM
   
Genesis - (6:03) 108 BPM
Review: Between 1965 and '68, future Muppets creator Jim Henson spent much time drawing and painting "the entertainment experience of the future - the theatre of the year 2020", which he called Cyclia. It's this psychedelic nightclub vision that inspired Krystal Klear's "Cyclia" series of EPs. There's much to enjoy on this suitably colourful and retro-futurist second EP, from the sleazy, synth-heavy Italo-disco/trance fusion of opener "Future Fantasy", to the bubbling electronic motifs, sequenced synth-bass and "Labyrinth" movie soundtrack vibes of slow-motion closing cut "Genesis". In between you'll find the dark, pulsating and muscular electronic disco/hypnotic house fusion of "One Night In Pbar" and the neo-trance grandiosity of "Dutch Gold".
RB 0862D
10 Apr 20
Deep House
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Future Fantasy
   
Future Fantasy (edit) - (3:49) 131 BPM
RB 0862D
27 Mar 20
Techno
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Garden Party
   
Garden Party - (7:25) 120 BPM
   
Parade D'Amour - (5:29) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Juke City - (6:28) 123 BPM
   
Wood & Neon - (5:19) 128 BPM
Review: Roman Flugel is having a "Garden Party" and we're all invited. By the sounds of the deliciously cheery title track, said must-attend event is being held in a beachside glade somewhere along Croatia's Adriatic coast (hence the cut's wondrously melodious mix of Italo-disco riffs, low-slung disco bass, unfussy machine drums, grandiose nu-disco lead lines and kaleidoscopic acid motifs). Further proof of the party's "dancing all afternoon" credentials are provided by the similarly jaunty, tuneful, retro-futurist flex of "Parade D'Amour", while the bleeping and dreamy "Juke City" offers a hint of what's to come after dark if you keep supping the supplied "special punch". Just remember to stick around for "Wood & Neon", which sounds like the kind of skewed, colourful and mood-enhancing deep house eccentricity that Maurice Fulton does so well.
RB 088D
28 Feb 20
Deep House
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Life Signs Vol 2
   
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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Controversy EP
   
Hemisphere - (7:32) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hemisphere (Blade mix) - (5:18) 134 BPM
   
Magic Phantasy - (6:27) 129 BPM
   
The Traveller - (5:42) 130 BPM
Review: For the fifth volume in the label's "Double Copy" reissue series, Running Back boss Gerd Janson has turned his attention to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it career of Subtle Houzze, a short-lived collaboration between Boris Dlugosch and the late Gary D, who were then resident DJs at competing Hamburg clubs. This edition of the pair's 1992 EP "Controversy" features two cuts from that four-tracker - the stomping techno-soul brilliance of "Hemisphere (Blade mix)" and the dreamy new age deep house hustle of "The Traveller" - plus two alternate versions from the vaults. There's the slightly smoother and more melodious deep house/tech-soul fusion of "Hemisphere" in its' original mix form, and the rich, glassy-eyed deepness of "Magic Traveller", which owes a great debt to New Jersey house and garage releases from the period.
RBDC 05D
24 Jan 20
Deep House
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Yogtze
   
So Many Times - (5:33) 128 BPM
   
Proxima - (5:39) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Coocoo - (5:45) 99 BPM
   
Woodpecker - (5:02) 106 BPM
   
Please Hold The Line - (2:41) 75 BPM
   
Montana Sacra - (6:06) 79 BPM
Review: Italian producer Maurizio Cavaliere specialises in downtempo, Balearic and ambient music with a slightly darker edge - as is entirely befitting for a producer who takes his artist name from a very strange unsolved murder mystery from 1980s Germany (look it up). Here, he comes to Running Back with his debut artist album, featuring six moody, synthesizer-led cuts that conjure visions of a 'Bladerunner'-like cinematic dystopia, and that sit somewhere between Philip Glass, cosmic disco and Burial - however unlikely that may sound! Downtempo it may be, but easy listening coffee shop muzak this certainly is not...
RBINC 005D
17 Jan 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Cyclia One
   
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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One Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer Part 1
   
Storken - "Lille Vals" - (6:23) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Alan Dixon - "Ambient Braindisk" (Drums mix) - (5:44) 126 BPM
   
Zombies In Miami - "Panoramica" - (6:35) 122 BPM
   
Hokaiido - "Talisman" - (6:32) 128 BPM
Review: Bizarrely, Running Back boss Gerd Janson describes this multi-artist EP as "a sampler for a hypothetical mixtape". Perhaps he should make that imaginary mix a reality, because all four cuts are quality. Check first the throbbing and pulsating brilliance of Storken's "Lille Vals", which sounds like an Italo-disco obsessive's take on Bobby Orlando's mid-1980s work (with a little NYC freestyle thrown in) before donning your extra-special dancing shoes to shuffle along to Alan Dixon's new dancefloor "Drums Mix" of his synthesizer soundscape "Ambient Braindisk". Zombies In Miami predictably deliver the goods on bleeping, synth-laden nu-disco throb-job "Panoramica", while Hokaiido's "Talisman" offers the perfect combination of delay-laden proto-house drums on steroids, bold freestyle bass and cheery synthesizer melodies.
RB0851 D
20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Rise
   
Rise - (5:24) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rize (Bonus Beatz) - (4:40) 126 BPM
   
Rise (Acappella) - (2:00) 126 BPM
   
Shapes - (7:11) 127 BPM
   
Motor Mix - (6:14) 126 BPM
Review: Given his long association with Gerd Janson's Running Bback label, we were rather surprised to learn that "Rise" marks Sebastian Kramer's first appearance on the imprint for three years. "Rise" is naturally hugely impressive, with Kramer building tension via moody Detroit techno style bass and sweaty, off-kilter house drums before introducing more melodic elements (chords, sparkling piano riffs etc.) and trippy spoken word snippets. For those that like to get busy in the mix, Running Back has included a druggy and percussive "Bonus Beats" version as well as a wonky, delay-laden acapella. Elsewhere, "Shape" is a positive and melancholic chunk of broken techno/string-laden deep house fusion, while "Motor Mix" is deep, drowsy and thoroughly delicious.
RB 083D
23 Aug 19
Deep House
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Euphoric Dreams
   
Euphoric Dreams (KiNK remix) - (5:55) 130 BPM
RB 074RMXD1
05 Jul 19
Techno
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Life Signs Vol 1
   
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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Body Electric EP
   
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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La Danza
   
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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Voodoo Questions
   
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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Return To Telepathic Heights
   
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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Piano Power
   
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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Time Million Dubs
   
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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Gordon Starck
   
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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Shitting Diamonds On Jupiter
   
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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Socialo Blanco
   
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 (Remixes)
   
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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AOD
   
Forever Summer - (3:45) 88 BPM
   
Warning Fails - (5:01) 92 BPM
   
A Lovely Change - (4:12) 103 BPM
   
Night Quake - (4:12) 85 BPM
   
The Bad Boys - (5:01) 107 BPM
   
Salsaro Ete - (5:11) 102 BPM
   
01:00AM - (5:07) 107 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kelly McGillis - (4:43) 91 BPM
Review: Running Back faves Tiger & Woods return with eight tracks from the midtempo, Balearic end of the nu-disco spectrum. Opener 'Forever Summer' sets the lazy, laidback pace, 'Warning Fails' has hints of both Daft Punk and Air, 'A Lovely Change' has a sound palette reminiscent, in places, of 80s boogie (definitely something Grace Jones-ish about that bassline), 'Night Quake' brings the John Carpenter soundtrack vibes, 'The Bad Boys' would soundtrack a midnight cruise down Ocean Drive in your DeLorean perfectly, and so it continues for three more spangly, 80s-flavoured cuts with 'Kelly McGillis' giving the most subtle of nods towards coldwave as the album gracefully drifts to a close.
RBLP13 DIGITAL
12 Apr 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Peace Bird EP
   
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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Euphoric Dreams/Miyoki
   
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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