Soichi Terada plays his “Sounds From The Far East” compilation live in Europe this fall!! After over 20 years, the Japanese house pioneer will present his classics live in London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam in October and November.

Terada’s tour will be part of a series of Rush Hour nights, where he will play along with Ron Trent, Hunee, Antal, San Proper, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman and Leon Vynehall. It is a great honor to have him over!

Soichi Terada founded Far East Recording in 1989. His take on US house/ garage and gained love from New York’s greats like Larry Levan, who made Terada’s „Sun Shower” into a Paradise Garage gem. But over the years, the releases remained limited and various releases became chased after by many house heads that were into his eccentric eastern lush house-sound. The “Sounds From The Far East” compilation on Rush Hour meant a true revival of his music in 2015.

Compiled by Hunee, “Sounds From The Far East” consists of material that was originally released in the early nineties. Next to Terada’s music, Hunee also selected a few tracks by fellow artist Shinichiro Yokota for this compilation as well as “Lowe Tension” by Terada & Manabu Nagayama.



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Joy Orbison holding Musik For Autobahns 2

Gerd Janson’s wonderful Musik For Autobahns 2 is out now on 2LP, CD and digital formats! It is an imaginative collection of tracks by Joy Orbison, Leon Vynehall and Bicep amongst many others, inspired by long rides in ambient race cars!!

(Foto: Joy Orbison and his fresh copy at the Rush Hour store)



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or order here:

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Rush Hour on NTS Radio After a bit of radio silence, Antal and John Gomez are heading back to the NTS studio in London for a two hour Rush Hour show this Saturday August 8. Next to playing a lot of personal favorites, the label special will also be about upcoming releases. John has participated since the very first show, so a proper introduction is in order.

You started hosting the Rush Hour specials on NTS about a year ago. How did you get involved?
I’ve known Antal for about ten years. We met in Madrid at one of his gigs with KC The Funkaholic and have stayed in touch since. Over the years I have reviewed some of the events he has organized for magazines like Shook. When the opportunity came up to do a Rush Hour show on NTS, Antal wanted someone in London who was knowledgeable of all aspects of Rush Hour’s musical output – from obscure Malian records to the latest Detroit techno – and who would be comfortable speaking to different types of guests. But more than anything else, I think Antal likes to work with friends who he knows share his passions.

The first Rush Hour NTS show ft. Rick Wilhite, Jungle By Night, Awanto 3 and John Gomez in September 2014.

What is your background in music?
Music has always occupied a privileged place in my life. When I was younger I played a lot more as an instrumentalist, studying the trombone first and, later, percussion in places like Cuba, Brazil, and Indonesia. Now I spend more time thinking about music and writing about it, sometimes for music press, other times more academically.

What keeps you currently occupied when it comes to music?
Right now I have less time to write about music, but I play regularly in London at places like Brilliant Corners. I also run a night, Tangent, with supreme digger and DJ Nick the Record. Since Plastic People closed, London nightlife has been in need of a reboot. We like to think that Tangent is, in a small way, contributing to giving those people tired of generic music on mediocre soundsystems a new home or, at least, a new, happy destination.

There will be a new show this Saturday August 8, what can we expect?
That’s up to Antal! I was in Japan before the last show we did together and I got a message saying he wanted to do a strictly Brazilian 45s show. I only had a couple of hours when I got back to London to travel home and get a selection together. I have yet no idea what he has planned for this time. It’ll be a surprise for me, as much as for you.

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“Musik For Autobahns 2″ is a fresh and exclusive collection of music compiled by Gerd Janson and features tracks by Joy Orbison, Leon Vynehall, Bicep, Orlando Voorn, AKSK and many more…

“So, what awaits you on the second edition of a compilation that claims in a winking to present “ambient race car music”? Exactly what it says on the tin. A fresh and exclusive collection of music that hopefully sounds as great in a car as it will in the comfort zone of your own living-room or during dusk and dawn in your favorite club environment (see Bicep and Fort Romeau for further reference). But first and foremost it is truly inspired by many trips on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. Going to and from one club to the other, was the way to spend countless hours of adolescence in excitement instead of tedious purposelessness. But I will not bother you with droll stories of my youth.

Musik for Autobahns 2 is the result of a collective effort by dear friends and esteemed colleagues who picked up where the first one ended, while paying attention to the prevailing theme. From Leon Vynehall and his profound research of the BAB 5 to Joy Orbison’s “A 213” or Lauer’s heartfelt and wry Kraftwerk pastiche, all of the tracks have a certain compatibility in common or just sound great, while having a drive. “Breaking” by AKSK for instance made the stop-and-go traffic in the blazing heat of Los Angeles so much more bearable (the vintage Volvo helped as well). Also, you will meet freshmen like Orson Wells, whose idea of traveling exceeds the boundaries of our planet, next to a grey eminence like Orlando Voorn (on the compact disc edition of this at least) or elusive characters like Disco Nihilist. All bringing their special skills and imagination to the table.

Gute Fahrt,
Gerd Janson”


V/a – Musik For Autobahns 2
(RHM 018)

Ambient Race Car Music
compiled by Gerd Janson

Musik For Autobahns


Tracklist (CD):
1 Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road
2 Joy Orbison – A213
3 Fort Romeau – Seleno
4 Shan – Awakening
5 AKSK – Breaking
6 Conga Radio – 168 North
7 Orson Wells – Orbiting Jupiters
8 Orlando Voorn – Turn Left Here
9 Disco Nihilist – Melancholy
10 Lauer – Autofahrn
11 Bicep – Carmine

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Third House Of Music magazine is available now! Grab your free copy at your favorite record store near you, or order it online. Incl. interviews with Ron Trent, Hunee, Floating Points, Aroy Dee, Yahiliyya Fields & many many more….


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Hunee Hunch Music

Hunee’s debut album is out now! We are happy to finally release the complete work: an amalgamation of different moods and influences. “Hunch Music” has become a surprising and seductive artistic chapter in Hun Choi’s the musical carrier.

As a DJ, Hunee manifested himself as a fine connoisseur of classic and contemporary music. Always smiling, he is determined to share every fine record he finds with the world. Over the past few years, Hunee the producer has put out some highly acclaimed EPs, but only a handful. The producer went quiet for a moment, but “Hunch Music” proves Hunee’s unstoppable character.

“Hunch Music” is rather special: it is a cinematic journey from the beginning to the end, with scenes we haven’t encountered before. It starts with “Woods” as the perfect introduction – a moody, mystic night haze that quickly changes into a warm and soothing whole. Following with “Crossroads”, the mystery transcends into something that moves us to the dance floor, and we’re not sure whether we want to keep moving or we just want to listen. “Hunch Music” has a nocturnal aura, an organic groove, and moments of glorious acid. It takes us up and throws us down, gently, while subjecting us to many cinematic and musical elements.

“Hunch Music” is available from RH’s store on LP and CD:



Hunee Hunch Music


DJ Deep:
So nice to hear Music as inspiring and positive as is Hunee, an amazing Dj, a great person and a dope producer!”

Kirk Degiorgio:
“One of the very best for real house music…”

Joe Muggs (Boiler Room/The Wire):
“Beautiful, beautiful record, soothing our souls on Monday morning in the office”



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James Mason’s “The Dance Of Life” is out now! Over three decades after “Rhythm Of Life”, James Mason rediscovered tapes with more recordings from the same late seventies period. “The Dance Of Life” (ft. Bernard Purdie on drums and Fonda Rae on backing vocals) and “Up Jump” are the first two tracks taken from the “Recollection Echo” album that Rush Hour are very proud to release on vinyl.

James Mason only made one album, that got acclaim years after it’s release. “Rhythm Of Life” became a soul-jazz cult classic, recorded in around 1978/79 with musicians such as Narada Michael Walden and Gene Torres, and featuring Clarice Taylor’s beautiful, characteristic vocals. The multi-instrumentalist recorded far more tracks around the release of “Rhythm Of Life”, but his music became out of fashion because musical trends shifted. Another album never arrived, and the recordings ended up in a box. Today the release of James Mason’s second album is finally set, and will be an collection of these forgotten tracks.

Because little remains known about his career after the release of his debut album, we had a few questions that we were lucky enough to ask. During two Skype sessions Mason happily shed some light on his early life as a musician, shared his feelings about the music he produced during his creative peak in the late seventies and early eighties and painted a frustration picture about the music industry he faced during that time.

The extensive interview will be published in our third printed House Of Music magazine, please find the introduction below…

In 1977 you had become a successful guitar player as a part of Roy Ayers’ band. How did you manage to get all those great musicians for “Rhythm Of Life” ? You’ve got a star line up there!

I had met Narada Michael Walden (drums) through Carlos Santana, because we opened for him one night with Roy Ayers’ band. Clarice Taylor (lead vocals) was recommended to me by a good friend, Gene Torres (bass) I met at a random gig and I had been playing together with Justo Almario (saxophone) for almost a year. When I asked all of these people to come into the studio to record for me, they were gracious enough to do so.


James Mason around the time
he recorded “Rhythm Of Life”

Despite the growth of appreciation for your first album over time, it can be considered a commercial failure when it was released. How come?

Basically I fell in between two categories: the jazz radio stations wouldn’t play my music because it was too funky and the R&B stations wouldn’t play it because it was too jazzy… I guess the business didn’t want me. I didn’t have the credentials nor the resume for a second record deal… One thing I have to thank the people of Chiarioscuro for, is that they weren’t like the rest of the music business. They gave me the smallest possible budget for “Rhythm Of Life”, but they didn’t tell me anything and stayed out of my way – that’s pretty much the only time that ever happened.

The track “Night Gruv” has attracted a lot of house and techno DJs to your music. How did that track come about? 

“Night Gruv” was a kind of exercise. I had a student who was particularly skilled and had one of the first really elaborate home studios. Yamaha used to make a pretty sophisticated console that was modular: it had moving faders and everything else was virtual, it was like a mini Solid State logic board. He had four of those and wanted to learn how to use them a little better, so I brought my gear down to his studio and we produced the track there…

Interview: Roel de Boer


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James Mason - The Dance Of Life

1 The Dance Of Life 
2 Up Jump
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After over two decades of Prescription, Ron Trent looks back on his musical journey, shifting through the releases to capture the essence of Prescription’s legacy.  The Chicagoan started Prescription together with Chez Damier from Detroit, and the label’s innovative discography became a landmark in house music.

Rush Hour spoke to Ron Trent extensively. As time went on the label changed, the sound changed. Sometimes the material that we picked up from other people changed as well. So we are aiming to secure the essence of Prescription, what it used to be and what it still is”, says Trent.  This trailer introduces the project, an extensive video interview with Ron Trent will be the follow up.


Ron Trent presents Prescription : Word, Sound & Power
RH RSS 020
Release: autumn / winter 2015



Director: Bernie van Vlijmen
Story: Mijke Hurkx
Camera: Noel Schoolderman and Bernie van Vlijmen
Edit: Bernie van Vlijmen
Sound mix: Paul Gabriels
Color grading: Bernie van Vlijmen
Production: Mijke Hurkx

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Ron-TrentRon Hardy (Dedication To You)” was previously only available on CD. This is the first official vinyl release of Ron Trent’s tribute track to the legend that Ron Hardy is…. This next addition to RH’s RSS series is pressed one sided in a limited quantity.



Ron Trent – Tribute To Ron Hardy (RH RSS 19)
1. Ron Hardy (Dedication To You) 

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Rush Hour’s Young Marco, San Proper and Antal are packing up for a trip in Japan. It’s is going to be a very exiting week with the Rainbow Disco Club festival ahead of us, and a show with Soichi Terada in Kobe plus digging stops… Anticipated as we are, we will drop as much Japanese updates as possible via our RH platforms. Updates about Japanese gems, the tour and the shows, starting out with a ‘Favorites From Japan’ playlist… Stay tuned!

Favorites From Japan
This trip is a good reason to recollect our Japanese favorites in an ever expanding Youtube playlist… Let’s highlight a short selection from that list here.

This masterpiece gets a repress soon!! “Philarmony” is an avant-garde solo project from Japanese electronic music maestro Haruomi Hosono, founder of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Originally released in 1982 on his own Yen label, the LP features experimental, boundary-pushing and schizophrenic compositions, veering from wildly abstract beauties to tight and funky dance floor fillers. It is a mesmerizing wander through the sonic genius of Japan’s legendary musical innovator.

‘Butterfly’ is a wonderful and very rare 1979 LP by Japanese songstress Kimiko Kasai and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Inspired performances from Kimiko herself as well as the supremely talented band of musicians Hancock united for the project, including master drummer Alphonse Mouzon and renowned organist Webster Lewis.

This beautiful track is taken from “Ryo”, released in 1982. The Japanese jazz guitarist was a musician for the band Tarika Blue, to name another favorite of ours. Kawasaki is best known as one of the first musicians to develop and popularise the fusion genre and for helping to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg.

This otherworldly electronic track is also from a Yellow Magic Orchestra member. “Riot In Lagos” by Sakamoto was firstly released in 1980 on Island Records. The Japanese musician from Tokyo was also an actor. He played a role in, and composed music for the award winning Bernardo Bertolucci movie The Last Emperor.

Rainbow Disco ClubThe green fields where the Rainbow Disco club festival is taking place…

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A few days before Ge-ology joins us for Somewhere In Amsterdam with Sadar Bahar and Robert Bergman, the skilled DJ drops by to explore our store. From the record pile he has built, he selects a few tracks to make this very fine mix.

Ge-ology has been a record collector and a genre defying DJ and producer for over two decades. He’s produced for the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott and De La Soul amongst others. At this point he is preparing a release for Theo Parrish’ Sound Signature label, that we are most definitely looking out for…

This is the first mix in a series of Rush Hour mixes that include store picks only. Click on the track names and find the releases that feature the tracks.


01. MB/OD – Manual Greever
02. Joan Bibiloni – The Boogie
03. Twice – All night (Volcov edit)

04. Twice – Saela
05. Rahaan – You Got The Right To Dance (Rahaan Edit)
06. Rick Wilhite – In The Rain
07. James Mason – Nightgruv
08. Vincent Floyd – Dawn Notes
09. Phuture – Mental Breakdown (in store only)

10. Jamie Principle – Bad Boy
11. Liaisons Dangereux – Los Niños Del Parque
12. Jackmaster Hater – Unreleased Acid Trax
13. ERB – The Weekend (Instrumental)
14. Ron Trent – Movement 7
15. Jamie 3:26 & Cratebug – Hit It N Quit It
16. Cuttlefish & Asparagus – Drum Song
17. K Alexi – All For Lisa (Original mix)
18. Leon Carson – China Trax
19. Eddie Palmieri – Mi Congo Te Llama (Sacred Rhythm Dub Mix)
20. Twice – You & Me (TwICE and Volcov edit)
21. Usje Sukatma – Waiting For Your Love
22. 2000black – Make It Hard

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