This player previews the 5th album by the nine-piece instrumental collective from Amsterdam, Jungle By Night. Due out on Rush Hour’s New Dawn label. release: November 12th, 2018

JUNGLE BY NIGHT – LIVINGSTONE
LABEL: NEW DAWN
CAT NO: ND 003

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After almost a decade of heating up dancefloors across the globe, Jungle by Night have reached manhood. In the process of creating their 5th album, the nine-headed collective melted years of passion, friendship, and influences from krautrock, dance, jazz, afrobeat together into new instrumental prose, fluently speaking the language of their instruments.

The band is an oddball ensemble within its own cosmos. A danceable and thundering live-act that connects with crowds like no other, with beaming fun and energy along the way.

TRACKLIST:
1. Jungle By Night – Hangmat
2. Jungle By Night – Pompette
3. Jungle By Night – Ja Precis
4. Jungle By Night – Love Boat
5. Jungle By Night – Stormvogel
6. Jungle By Night – Hurn In Bell
7. Jungle By Night – Spectacles Part 1
8. Jungle By Night – Spectacles Part 2
9. Jungle By Night – The Fog
10. Jungle By Night – Spending Week
11. Jungle By Night – Café Crème

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This player previews the next addition to RH’s reissue series; a split release, by Les Choc Stars and Teknokrat’s. Heat in two flavors! Check out the Zaïrian electronic dance floor banger “Nakombe Nga” and the dope, unheard Belgium new beat version on the flip… Co-curated with renowned record fiend John Gomez. Release: Fall 2018

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Tracklist:
Les Choc Stars du Zaïre – Nakombe Nga
Teknokrat’s – What Did She Say

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Thursday sees Rush Hour return to Shelter Amsterdam for a showcase with Antal, Hunee, Young Marco, and a live show trifecta featuring Soichi Terada, Kuniyuki, and Sauce81. This will be the final Rush Hour night in Amsterdam this year! Join the dance!

Presale sold out, limited door sale only.

 

 

 

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the warehouse projectRush Hour join The Warehouse Project, Manchester, for their last edition beneath the streets. A large part of the RH family is invited, please find the full line up below. This will be the only RH night in the UK this year. Let’s dance together!

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HUNEE
ANTAL
MOODYMANN
GERD JANSON
SOICHI TERADA x KUNIYUKI x SAUCE81LIVE
SADAR BAHAR
DJ NOBU
SAN PROPER
SASSY J
SANDRIEN
JORDAN GCZ (JUJU & JORDASH)
DJ OKAPI
JON K
MAFALDA
MARGIE
KRYSKO & GREG LORD
HIGH HOOPS DJS

END OF STORE STREET EDITION
We hope you’ll join us for one last dance beneath the streets.

Those who have signed up will have early access to tickets Thursday 9am, general sale Friday 9am.

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This player previews Mutant Beat Dance – S/t, the glorious 25 track debut album of the Chicago trio, Traxx, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers. ft. members of LCD Soundsystem and more! Release: September 2018

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Mutant Beat Dance has returned with their debut self-titled 25 track album, a record album booklet consisting of 6 records in 3 different formats of 12″s, 7″s and 10”, a CD and in digital formats.
This concept has been in development since 2015 with over two hours running time.

The debut album from renegade trio Mutant Beat Dance  (Traxx aka Melvin Oliphant, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers) takes the wild and free sound of Chicago’s Music Box era into the 21st Century. Over twenty-five tracks the album mines an oft cited but rarely understood ground at the intersection of Post-Punk, Minimal Wave, Industrial, Disco Dub, EBM and proto-House / early-House. “Mutant Beat Dance.” is an epic journey into a classic American ideology that had its apex in Chicago.

This aesthetic has already proven influential on many artists across the globe. Least of which is the Grammy winning LCD Soundsystem whose members Tyler Pope and Patrick Mahoney back Melvin on vocals here on the Martin Hannett and Howard Devoto inspired “Feed The Enemy” – a cut that shows how wide and deep this epic record goes. Another LCD member Gavin Rayna Russom also provides vocals on the later cut “Geometrical Disease.” That these collaborations are included here should come as no surprise to anyone who caught the recent LCD tour – Traxx was the opening DJ on that nationwide tour. You can check out his opening set from Chicago last November at the link below.

Traxx has been working on this concept in various forms throughout the last decade on release for Discos Capablanca, Rong Music, Hour House Is Your Rush Records, L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems), Light Sounds Dark, Rush Hour and his own Nation label finally refining his concept into its most thoroughly developed explored on this the debut M.B.D album that was started in 2015.

Mutant Beat Dance was originally a duo made up of Traxx, and self-described weirdo, Chicagoan Beau Wanzer. Given the scope of the new project it became logical and necessary to expand the unit to include its newest member Brooklyn based Steve Summers.

Together this hard-working trio has completed an album with an enormous diversity of song styles unlike anything they have ever done before. Unique in its musical range and content from obscure electronics with subliminal messages to funk laden machine grooves, industrial soundscapes, Detroit dirge, cryptic ankle bitter anthems and beyond this is a genre-bending challenging epic of an album.

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TRACKLIST
1. Creep In The Crowd
2. Hate Has No Home
3. Curtail Corporation
4. Transmitter/Transistor
5. From Another Source
6. Funk Groove(skit)
7. Revival 80s
8. On A Different Note
9. Midi
10. Crete ft. Marianna
11. Toy Story
12. Last Illusion
13. Synthesized Antics Of Evolution
14. Checklist
15. Piano Monologue(skit)
16. Feed The Enemy ft. Tyler Pope and Pat Mahoney
17. Scandalous Vanity
18. Geometrical Disease ft. Black Meteoric Star
19. Uncanny Ignorance
20. The Fear of Future and Euphoria
21. The Human Factor ft. Naughty Wood
22. Affliction
23. No Ambition
24. Lost Stars
25. Hero

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Los Angeles based Gifted and Blessed, aka Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, has created genre-defying electronic soul tracks, solo and under many monikers, as well as for artists including Kelela, Steve Spacek and J DaVeY, integrating the technological, spiritual and ancestral in his works.  The gifted producer has built his extraordinary music religiously upon three pillars. But what do these actually mean to him.. ? We asked, he explained… (originally published in House Of Music, issue 5)

TECHNOLOGICAL

“Like with all electronic music, technology is at the center of my musical process. In my case, I am most fascinated by and most familiar with analog electronics, particularly vintage synthesizers and drum machines. I used to be a purist to the point where if it wasn’t vintage analog gear I wouldn’t touch it, but I’m much more flexible about how I work these days. If it sounds good to me, I am open to playing with it, regardless of when it was made or if the circuitry is purely analog. I do have a preference for hardware instruments rather than soft synths, but again, if it sounds good, I won’t count it out. I prefer and am most familiar with composing music using MIDI to allow my various electronic instruments to talk to each other, which also allows me to duplicate what I do in recordings in a live setting as well as to replay the same music on different instruments if and when I choose to. Basically I stay open to the technology that is available to me at the time. I think this is the case with all musicians though. Even classically trained musicians who play acoustic instruments are utilizing a form of technology. I would say that technology in some form is at the center of every musician’s process.”

 

SPIRITUAL

“Making music for me is a pure spiritual process that has nothing to do with beliefs, religion, dogma or any other kind of rhetoric we like to use when talking about spirituality. In my eyes, this whole life experience and everything about it is spiritual. That includes all people (not just ones who identify as “spiritual”) as well as everything else. However, there is something to be said about having an awareness of the “spiritual” nature of reality. That is to say, it is important for me to stay in touch with the part of me that is aware of my spirituality. I do believe in a Creator, and I believe all art (and really everything else, too) comes from this Source. But again, I really try to avoid sounding too holier than thou or dogmatic when it comes to my relationship to that Source. I am humbled by it, and I give thanks everyday for the gifts I have been given, especially the gift of life itself. I honor the way spirituality has been expressed, observed and practiced throughout human history in all cultures. Ultimately, I know that I don’t really know anything when it comes down to it. Like everyone else, I’m here trying to figure this life stuff out in real time as I go through it. But what I love about the spirituality of music is that at its best, the mind isn’t in charge. All my favorite music seems to come from an inspiration that is separate from the process of thinking. I don’t think any of us can say how we create the music we make. It just comes through. If there was a code or formula to it, all music would be amazing, which of course is not the case.”

 

ANCESTRAL

“When I speak about the ancestral, I am still referring to my sense of spirituality. The ancestors no doubt influence my music on the deepest levels. I am not only speaking about my ancestors in my direct bloodline. I am talking about all of those who have come before me, both living and non-living. Everything that has come before this moment in time has contributed towards the way things are now. That, of course, includes music and art in general, but it also includes everything else about life. This is the nature of evolution as far as I can tell. All that has come before now has informed how things are now based on improvements suggested as a result of life’s failures. And at the same time, as we suffer from our mistakes and refuse to improve or change, we contribute more and more harm and pain to the world. From this perspective, I believe there is much to be learned from previous ways of living and from the traditions and values of our ancestors that can help us all live more abundantly, efficiently and healthily in general. I hope for this to play out through the music, too.”

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Ron Trent meets Skymark! Two masterminds at work. This player previews Skymark – Find A Place In This Crazy World (RHM 028). 

The organic meets the electronic – musician meets machine. Pressed Loud For Optimum DJ Play. Summer is happening…  

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Ron Trent takes on the mighty Skymark original, and elevates the listener to a whole other place like only he can. Trent treats us to one his deepest, dubbiest jams to date – embracing the strength of the song while interweaving his own rhythm throughout.

The original track, here on the flip, featured on Skymark’s 2015 ‘Wave From The Nucleus’ LP- a beautiful song from the sun-kissed Swiss musician and producer who resided in Rio de Janeiro for many years, and now in Barcelona.

A real meeting of minds – both artists express their love for the deep and organic, incorporating Brazilian sounds, gospel, disco, jazz and soul in their music. Their similar, detailed approach and ideology blend perfectly on this 12” release.

TRACKLIST
1 Find A Place In This Crazy World (Ron Trent Mix)
2 Find A Place In This Crazy World (2015 Original Version)

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This player previews Hunee – Hunchin’ All Night (RHMC 001). Hunee presents a collection of his favorite dance floor cuts from the 70ties till modern times. Due out worldwide on April 9th, 2018 as a 3LP (+ download code) release, a CD and in digital formats. The repress is available on June 29th as a 2LP (RHMC 001N).

Going from afro to disco to techno, “Hunchin’ All Night” holds a wide spectrum of songs,  by the wonderful Boncana Maïga, Pat Thomas, Black Beat Niks, Kenny Larkin,Larry Heard, Mappa Mundi and many more.

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Tracklist 3LP:
1. Carlos Maria – Blu Terra
2. Aby Ngana Diop – Michael Ozone’s Liital Rhythm
3. Boncana Maïga – Komya Hondo
4. Stanislas Tohon – Owhaaou ! (Raphael Top-Secret Edit)
5. Don Laka – Stages
6. Blak Beat Niks – Ritual Of Love (Ron’s Vocal Beat Down Mix)
7. Larry Heard – Burning 4 You
8. Villa Abo – Made On Coffee & Wine
9. Mappa Mundi – Trance Fusion (Hunee Tempo Edit)
10. Pat Thomas – Yesu San Bra: Disco Hi-Life
11. African Futurism – Akal Akal
12. Dark Comedy – Without A Sound (Long ”White Label” Version)

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Tracklist 2LP:
1. Carlos Maria – Blu Terra
2. Aby Ngana Diop – Michael Ozone’s Liital Rhythm
3. Boncana Maïga – Komya Hondo
4. Stanislas Tohon – Owhaaou ! (Raphael Top-Secret Edit)
5. Don Laka – Stages
6. Blak Beat Niks – Ritual Of Love (Ron’s Vocal Beat Down Mix)
7. Larry Heard – Burning 4 You
8. Villa Abo – Made On Coffee & Wine
9. Mappa Mundi – Trance Fusion (Hunee Tempo Edit)

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Rush Hour are excited to return to Amsterdam’s Strange Sounds From Beyond with a stage on the festival’s Sunday! Non other than Leroy Burgess (with band!), Hunee, Antal, Young Marco, DJ Paulao, Margie and Satoshi grace the stage. 

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SSFB ARTIST BIO’S BELOW

LEROY BURGESS

Shamefully undervalued, tirelessly prolific and consistently inspired, “the Miles Davis of boogie” was born in Harlem, growing up as a gospel vocalist. Burgess soon added multi-instrumentalism and composition skills to his powerful baritone vocals, and began churning out countless records for disco and boogie groups as a behind-the-scenes producer or vocalist, sometimes carrying groups through with his raw talent and vision.

But Burgess didn’t stop. He fronted several projects – the most famous of which, Logg, released an acclaimed LP with tracks subsequently remixed by Larry Levan. When disco morphed into boogie, Burgess didn’t wilt away like other artists; he adapted, and his funk-tinged keyboard playing was ripe for the genre. But as the popularity of boogie began to wane and partygoers began to devour a new sound called house, Burgess again didn’t slide into the shadows; he collaborated with Glenn Underground, Chez Damier and Masters At Work.

Leroy Burgess has been around to watch genres ebb and flow like the tide, but he’s always standing there on the beach ready with his gospel-inspired vocals and keyboard.

HUNEE

Hunee has a playful element in his productions hard to categorize or pigeonhole. He’s unconcerned with what is new or in vogue, instead crafting wry beats which sometimes glimmer and sometimes growl. The engine under it all, though, is a propulsive sense of rhythm and the opinion that music should be fun.

ANTAL

Trying to pin Antal down to a DJing style is problematic. The most you’ll probably get from him is “soulful”, but it doesn’t matter whether that soul comes from a three guitars or a drum machine. Much like Rush Hour has grown over the years from house and techno into more obscure genres like Brazilian bossa nova, South-African kwaito and stacks of spiritual jazz, so too has Antal’s taste evolved.

YOUNG MARCO

Young Marco is almost a synonym for Amsterdam’s dance music scene. Starting out with several infamous residencies around the city, Marco grew into a respected producer releasing on Rush Hour and Lovefinger’s ESP imprint. He’s built and fostered a reputation as talented producer, label head and quirky party starter – usually with a cigarette in hand.

Predicting the next track in a Young Marco set is a little like predicting next week’s weather. As a sun-kissed tropicalia track draws to a close, it’s anyone’s guess whether the sun will continue with some Arabic disco or break loose in a thunderstorm of techno and electro. Surrounding his selections though is a love of the peculiar and the kinks – a sense of humor all too often missing on the dance floor.

After a debut album and worldwide touring, 2017 was a year for Marco to focus on compiling stellar releases on his label Safe Trip.

DJ PAULAO

Collector, selector and record store director DJ Paulão comes from a country standing in an elite circle of musical heavyweights. A country whose influence on humankind’s association with music can be matched by few. Along with gifting us genres like bossa nova, samba and choro, Brazilian culture has taught us how to rethink our relationship with music. DJ Paulão is a walking thesaurus of his country’s stockpiles of productions.

Most of the time you’ll catch him digging for tracks in Patuá Discos, his record store on a quiet street in the northwest of Sao Paulo. If you miss him there though, chances are he’s hosting a show on the station he helped found, Rádio Muda, or organizing legendary parties.

When listening to DJ Paulão, expect to be taken on a nomadic trip of Brazil’s musical heritage – spanning time zones and genres.

MARGIE

Music runs deep in the veins of this Eindhoven-born, Amsterdam-based multi-talent. Along with being a first-rate DJ, Margie aka Mijke Hurkx is also an award-winning journalist. Her work has featured in dozens of music publications but she’s perhaps best known as part of the Rush Hour Records family, editing their magazine and handling all communications.

In Margie’s world without genre borders, there’s only good or bad music. The music lover extraordinaire boasts of a record collection ranging from boogie, disco and techno to wave, gospel and whatever floats her boat. Her boundless music wisdom is unmistakable in her shows on Red Light Radio, where unapologetically, she spins tall musical tales with a genre-bending approach that never fails to deliver an element of surprise to her audience.

SATOSHI

Rush Hour family member Satoshi Yamamura is a record collector who, together with PAM, make up the music blog Okonkole Y Trompa. We think they found their strange name from a mesmerizing piece of horn work on a 1973 jazz fusion album, and their finds do the namesake justice. Growing from a humble Youtube channel where the boys could upload discoveries otherwise unavailable online, they now curate a website receiving rapid recognition, along with monthly show on London’s NTS.

Their collection is a diggers paradise: an oasis of rare releases, unfamiliar artists and dusty grooves nearly lost to the world. It’s impossible to narrow down their taste to genres – it’s whatever they find in the back of the crate. But they do seem to have an attachment to new wave, synth pop, ambient and jazz fusion though, plus dozens of others beside.

Satoshi and his Okonkole Y Trompa blog enjoy taking you on an ethnomusicological trip around the outer limits of music.

 

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If you could ask your favorite artist just one question… What would you ask?

Just before April’s edition of Het Weekend in De School, we collected some burning questions for a few of the artists performing at this 30+ hour music marathon.

… and they gave their answers!

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CHARLES MANIERQuestions from: Fanboy481, Margie, Beau Wanzer, Dabrye, Interstellar Funk

JAMIE TILLER

Questions from: Tolouse Low Trax, Jelmao, Sassy J, DX7kid1982

CARLOS SOUFFRONTQuestions from: Vladimir Ivkovic, Erika, BMG, DX7kid1982, Jan Schulte, Interstellar Funk

TOLOUSE LOW TRAXQuestions from: Jan Schulte, Charlotte, Tala Drum Corps, Suzanne Kraft, DX7kid1982.

SASSY JQuestions from: Volcov, fangirl418, Jamie Tiller, DX7kid1982.

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De School | Het Weekend 07.04 – 09.04, 2018
Programming in collaboration with Rush Hour

Saturday:
Antal (Rush Hour)
Carlos Souffront (No Way Back)
Charles Manier live (Bopside)
Izabel (Lullabies for Insomniacs)

Sunday:
Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin)
Interstellar Funk (De School / Artificial Dance)
Jamie Tiller (Music from Memory)
Nosedrip (Stroom)
Robert Bergman (Brew)
Sassy J (Patchwork)
Tolouse Low Trax live (Salon des Amateurs)

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co-07.04 BANNER HETWEEKEND

Rush Hour return with a weekender, this year in collaboration with De School. We are very delighted with all joining artists… See you there!

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Saturday
Antal (Rush Hour)
Carlos Souffront (No Way Back)
Charles Manier live (Bopside)
Izabel (Lullabies for Insomniacs)

Sunday
Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin)
Interstellar Funk (De School / Artificial Dance)
Jamie Tiller (Music from Memory)
Nosedrip (Stroom)
Robert Bergman (Brew)
Sassy J (Patchwork)
Tolouse Low Trax – live (Salon des Amateurs)

+ interventions by Sandberg Instituut

Doors open: 23.00
Tickets: €18

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This player previews the 80ties Italo disco and proto-house classic ‘MBO Theme’ by the mighty Klein & MBO. The reissue, out this Spring, comes with an unheard, heavy South African version on the flip. Huge tip!

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Tracklist
1. Klein & MBO – The MBO Theme
2. Warrior – The MBO Theme

“The MBO Theme” (1983) has been a dance floor favorite since decades, created by Mario Boncaldo and Tony Carrasco – the legendary Italian/US duo Klein & MBO. The track got support in NYC and Chicago by greats as Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy.

The rare version on the flip is created by a South-African band called Warrior. Rush Hour explain how they came across the track: “We bumped into this version on a South African record digging trip. It took us a few months to realize the scarcity of this version. Ian Osrin, a well respected engineer in South-Africa who was involved in many 80ties and 90ties Bubblegum, Kwaito and South African disco records, explained us about music distribution in South Africa during apartheid. Because the country was culturally banned at the time, a lot of releases weren’t imported or exported. Even when a track was huge, like “The Klein & MBO Theme”. So South African musicians would create their own versions which were sold locally.

We got in contact with Tony Carrasco from Klein & MBO. He also hadn’t heard Warrior’s version before, but he liked it as much as we do!”

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