The album features tracks from the likes of Todd Terje, Leon Vynehall, Mr G and Redshape
For a full decade and a half now, Gerd Janson's Running Back label has been bringing the world some of the finest contemporary disco and disco-tinged house the 21st Century has to offer. Now, to celebrate the label's 15th birthday, they've asked original New Jersey don Tony Humphries to mix up some of their finest moments, and the resulting album is predictably excellent.
Things get underway with Todd Terje's Ragysh, which sets the mood for the deep, druggy disco vibe that dominates the first half. Roy Comanchero's The Delete Of Society, Jex's La Casa and no less than three contributions from Tiger & Woods continue in a similar vein, before things get a little more wonky and tripped-out with Precious System's The Voice From Planet Love. Leon Vynehall's deep, Jersey-ish throbber Beau Sovereign then leads us into the housier second half, with Shan's vintage Chi-town homage Work It (Piano Mix) followed by selections from Redshape, Mr G, Paul Woolford and Matthew Styles, with a little disco flava thrown back into the mix courtesy of Heaven And Earth's Prescription Every Night.
Given the pedigree of both selector and label, it won't surprise house and disco lovers to hear that this is, franky, essential. Go seek.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 15 September
Review Score: 9
Tags: Tony Humphries, Running Back, Gerd Janson, house, disco, Todd Terje, Roy Comanchero, Tiger & Woods, Jex, Precious System, Leon Vynehall, Shan, Redshape, Mr G, Paul Woolford, Matthew Styles, Heaven And Earth