V/A | Running Back Presents: Front Pt 1


running back presents: front pt 1

Label: Running Back

Format: 2xLP Import

disco electro hi-nrg pre-order proto house soul synth pop


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A1. BLUE MODERNE | Through The Night (Dub Mix 1)
A2. MODERN ROMANCE | Can You Move (Midnight Mix)
B1. SIMPHONIA | You And Me (Dub)
B2. ANSWERING SERVICE | Call Me Mr. Telephone (Street Dub Mix)
C1. WIRED | To The Beat Of The Drum (On The Burn Mix)
C2. TEMPER | No Favors (Dub)
D1. STEVE ARRINGTON | Dancin' In The Key Of Life (Special Mix)
D2. EXECUTIVE | Celebrate Your Love


Hamburg’s Front club was already the stuff of legend, when it was still open. In the very early nineties Boris Dlugosch was not only at the helm of said club, but also one of Germany’s finest purveyors of house music. Front was his home as well as the playground for a colourful bunch of club kids from all walks of life. Its roots went back to the eighties as a gay club and it branched out to anyone who "couldn’t even dance straight."

The rumours about this club were strong enough to get people like Playhouse’s Ata on a road trip and have youngsters fantasizing about it. The musical menu during that time was the monster house sound from the US and the UK that rotated deepness with hysteric glamour.

Of course, Front’s sound was finely nuanced. Boris Dlugosch learned his craft from Klaus Stockhausen, who stopped his DJ career in 1992 (because "every Bratwurst wanted to be a DJ all of a sudden") to pursue a career as fashion editor and stylist.  Stockhausen’s thing as a resident (which actually meant to play at ONE club EVERY week during that time), was a mixture between electro, US-American R&B, British street soul, new wave, and the emerging house sound. If you manage to dig up old recordings on the internet, there are striking similarities to the way classic US-American DJs would play, while adding a fierce uniqueness. On the contrary, the sound of Front is one of the most interesting, you will ever hear.

So, why a Front mix and compilation 21 years after the club closed its doors? On the one hand, because it’s story hasn’t been told yet and it’s worth telling. On the other, German clubs like Robert Johnson or Berghain - as divergent as they might be - both resembe Front’s spirit, diversity, and musical open mindedness. And finally, because dancing is still fun.