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LWE Podcast 199: Gerd Janson

Gerd Janson last spoke to LWE as part of a Talking Shop interview in 2010, and kindly carved out some time to chat with us again from his home in Lorsch. He offered insights on his soft touch A&R style, how his DJ/critic side influences the music he’s making, and his personal connection with every Running Back reissue. Janson also mixed together LWE’s 199th exclusive podcast, nearly 90 minutes of musical bliss we’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

Hugh Mane, Spectra Sonics EP

It says a lot about our current climate that listening to Hugh Mane’s Spectra Sonic EP didn’t immediately convince me of its age: three particularly reverent house tracks which are entirely relevant today.

DOTW: Helium Robots, Bring Drinking (Tuff City Kids Remix)

This week’s download finds Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer doing their thing as Tuff City Kids to a T.

Talking Shop with Running Back

Running Back is one of the most consistent labels about. Only in terms of quality, mind. Consistency doesn’t equal homogeneity, and frankly Running Back can be all over the shop stylistically. Ravey, wildpitch house from Radio Slave one release, Robert Dietz’s desiccated Mannheim funk the next, Running Back is unafraid to thumb its nose at genre purists. For a busy man, the label’s owner Gerd Janson is exceptionally generous with his time, and it was a pleasure to shoot the shit with him for a couple hours about the eternal vinyl versus mp3 debate, Walter Benjamin, British dub soundsystems, and what we can expect next from the least predictable of labels.