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. Available mid March 2018 on 3 slices of vinyl, CD and digital formats… Big tip!

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:
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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A photo impression of our favorite Sunday evening party. This time teaming up with the Rainbow Disco Club crew from Tokyo (February 4th, 2018)! 

Photos by Rob Thijs

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KAMMA & Masalo
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We are back with our favorite Sunday afternoon party on February 4, 2018! This time we are teaming up with the Rainbow Disco Crew from Tokyo. 

Online tickets are sold out, but there are limited hardcopy tickets available at the counter of Rush Hour store.

ROOM 1
DJ Nobu b2b Antal
Kuniyuki x Sauce81 (live session)
Kikiorix

ROOM 2
San Proper
Kamma & Masalo

Please note that we have changed the location as the party will be held at Claire. Food will be served from 6pm – 8pm.

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This player previews Arp Frique – Nos Magia (RH-store jams011) Three dance floor hitters by the Dutch Arp Frique. “Nos Magia” holds collaborations with Nigerian funkster Orlando Julius and Cape-Verdean legend Americo Brito. Surprising new cuts that could easily have been made in the 70ties! Big tip!

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Arp Frique is Niels Nieuborg from the city of Rotterdam, who has been actively involved in the Dutch live music scene for years, working with Cape Verdean & Surinamese musicians especially. After all these years, he finally presents his own true musical output.

“Nos Magia” is a classic sounding, but unheard Cape Verdean funana song featuring the old skool Americo Brito on vocals. The b-side holds two collaborations with afro-beat protagonist Orlando Julius…..enjoy!!

Tracklist:
1 Nos Magia
2 Kamajo
3 Ijo Ya

Release: December 4, 2017

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This player previews V/a – Pantsula! – The rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90

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Late 80s South African dance floor winners only! Selected by DJ Okapi and Antal, the compilation holds tracks by Jivaro, The Hard Workers, Ayobayo Band, S.Y.B. & many more. This is the sharp electronic music that fuelled the local Pantsula dances during the 80s and 90s . A must have for fans of Bubblegum and Kwaito music.

The 12 tracks selected for Pantsula! come from a very unique, very different time and place. They represent the birth of electronic dance music in South Africa, through the songs of one particular independent label from the time: Music Team. The sound represents the culmination of the bubblegum era, when South Africa’s disco artists outgrew their American influences and forged an increasingly electronic and ‘local’ pop sound.

Evolving over time since long before the 80s, the distinctly South African subculture of Pantsula is more closely associated with an attitude, a style and a signature dance, rather than any specific sound. In the late 1980s and early 90s, Pantsula was also the name given to a new type of dance music taking over the streets of South Africa, influenced by earlier bubblegum and the rise of Shangaan Disco, but with a far broader appeal and a harder, purely electronic sound.

Tracklist
1. The Equals – New Lover
2. Jazino – Ushelakanjani
3. Jivaro – What Next
4. S.Y.B – Jika Magogo
5. Scotch Band – Watsotasama
6. Kakappa – Sisonke
7. Spirro – Ma Hero (Dub Mix)
8. The Hard Workers – Ayoba-yo
9. Ayobayo Band – Sorry Bra
10. Rush feat. Linda Ziqubu – Sobohla Manyosi
11. Chaka – Via Tembisa
12. La Viva – Go Siami

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Birthday present from Rinse FM! 20 hours for 20 years.. get familiar with a bunch of music heads behind Rush Hour. Mixes recorded by RH artists and people who work in RH daily. Amazing mixes! Enjoy.

 

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This player previews Rush Hour’s 2017 label highlights. Now available on Bandcamp!

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Tracklist:
1. Arp Frique – Nos Magia
2. Ben & Sadar’s – We Are Rightious People
3. Senyaka – Bayanyonyoba
4. Ron Trent – Black Magic Woman feat. Harry Dennis
5. Vincent Floyd – Hard To Love
6. Ron Trent – Prescription
7. NAD – Transmatting
8. Abstract Eye – Nobody Else
9. Population One – Lost In Space remixed

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Five illustrious remixes of Population One’s ‘Hippnotic Culture’ 2LP by the Detroit minimalist himself. Kicking off with a 20th Anniversary Mix of ‘Rush Hour’, the track that inspired our company name! Big big tip and a great honor… Play It Loud.

Population One, also known as Terrence Dixon, offered a first remix of his mysterious, minimal Detroit track ‘Rush Hour’ for the celebration of the label’s 10th anniversary and now blesses us with new takes on five ‘Hippnotic Culture’ album tracks. The impressive ‘Hippnotic Culture’ LP was originally released in 1995 on the long defunct Utensil label, which was run by Claude Young.

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Tracklist:
1. Rush Hour (20th Anniversary Mix)
2. Warped (Remix)
3. Cosmic Drill (Remix)
4. Lovechild (Remix)
5. Lost In Space (Remix)

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Rush Hour Store

From Wednesday till Sunday, we have guest DJs from all over the world spinning records at the store. Come down, hang out. Everybody is welcome. Broadcast via facebook.com/rushhourstore

WEDNESDAY (7-9pm)
трип gathering
w/ Nina Kraviz & Deniro

THURSDAY (10am-9pm)
Worldwide FM +
Dopewax Records label showcase (7-9pm)

FRIDAY (5-9pm)
Vega Records label showwcase +
Patuá Discos +
ESP Institute

SATURDAY (7-9pm)
Knekelhuis label takeover w/ Das Ding (live), De Ambassade & parrish smith dj set.

SUNDAY (5-9pm)
Sounds Familiar takeover

 

 

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In anticipation of RH’s 20th anniversary celebration during Amsterdam Dance Event with Chez Damier among others, we are sharing a short interview with the artist on our website. This article is originally published in the fifth House Of Music magazine. Out now, you can grab your copy at your favorite record store worldwide.

Chez Damier by Marie Staggat

Anthony Pearson, better known as Chez Damier, came to Amsterdam for a DJ gig around the release of Ron Trent’s 6LP label boxset. We took the chance to catch up with the pioneering Prescription co-founder. After a long hiatus, he’s back in full force working on a variety of music projects. What is he up to these days? We met him just before his show to find out.

Chez Damier was a close witness to the birth of house and techno music. In 1993, he founded Prescription records with Ron Trent, the label that defined the 1990s deep house sound. Around 2010, new releases appeared on Mojuba records. Not only was one of house music’s greats on his return, he was also mentoring a new generation of artists.

Chez Damier kept his role during this interview. Meeting in the lobby of his hotel just before dinner, he answered a few questions, but most importantly, he gave me good advice. “Focus on what you need, not on what you want”, is a good one for me to remember. The smiling Chicagoan doesn’t seem to have lost any of his energy, and he continues to value working with people, up to the present day. He seems to be a character whose life experiences refined him and made him deliberate, without losing his naive and playful spirit of collaboration with others. It also appears since the start that he has valued having fun the most – more than anything else. “Ron Trent and I always had so much laughter. That gave me the spark to try things out and make tracks with him”, he says.

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Balance Alliance

After Ron and Chez parted ways, Damier took Balance records. It was like a divorce, Damier says. “We had to divide everything. It was like: ‘OK, you take Prescription and I’ll take Balance.'” He revived Balance years later, in 2009. As he already did in the past, he broke out of the Chicago circles, becoming a trusted mentor for young European producers this time. He released a triple-vinyl retrospective by Parisian house producer Brawther on his label, and the debut album of Brawther’s fellow Parisian Hugo LX. With Zurich-based Demetrio Giannice, Damier also worked under the Adventures In Barcelona moniker.

The Extravert

Damier’s role as a catalyzer goes back to the late 80s, where he established a fresh scene of music fiends in Detroit. The Music Institute became an important place in the development of techno music. KMS studio opened around the same time, the million dollar studio where Chez became manager and where he created most of the tracks together with Ron Trent. “To me, the period with Ron was very much about sound experimentation. Prescription was about trying things out and having fun”, he says. “We were exploring loads of the hardware that was available in Saunderson’s studio. To me, it was really about having fun. That gave me the spark. Of course we were talking about spirituality, but once we hit the studio it was all about finding ways to build a great track. From the day we met it was just amazing. We have the same kind of humor, this connection between us has never changed.”

Chez Damier was the extravert, Ron the introvert. This made them complementary. “The productions we made in the early KMS days were different from Ron’s solo stuff today”, Damier points out. One of the reasons leading to Ron and Chez splitting their artistic collaboration was a difference in their approach. “Ron had his style and I had my style. But after a while, I couldn’t get my creative kick out of it anymore and therefore I decided to move on.” However, Ron and Chez are still in touch. “We had our difficulties, but we also share the same kind of humor. To me, that’s what it was all build upon, just the laughter.” It’s been over two decades since Ron and Chez parted ways and both have grown in different directions. “Of course I would like to work with Ron again. But we would have to take it from today’s experiences , we shouldn’t continue from where we left off. Ron’s experiences are different from mine and it shaped us along the way. If we would regroup, we’d need to have conversations about what that means.”

The Spark

Chez Damier felt what he started in music wasn’t completed and he returned with the idea to operate less in the foreground. His current musical life suits him better than ever, because he’s in a position to share musical inspiration with others again. Then he starts asking me the questions. About my occupation and dreams and what I do in order to establish them. Chatting in the big hotel lobby, it was time for a cigarette break. Standing by the table in the middle of the smoking room, Chez Damier starts to give advice after being genuinely interested in me. After noticing that I transmformed from his interviewer into his apprentice, he asks me: “What do you see? Turn around and what do you see now? Well, it’s at least both your visions. And that’s what matters.”

 

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rhm After the first stops in Europe, Rush Hour continue their 20th anniversary tour in the USA with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago. More dates will be announced soon!

USA DATES

(tickets)

28-09 | Boston – Hunee & Antal
29-09 | NYC – Hunee, Antal & Dream 2 Science Live
30-09 | WASHINGTON – Antal + Ron Trent
06-10 | CHICAGO – Hunee, Antal & Ron Trent
07-10 | L.A. – Hunee & Antal

MORE 20th ANNIVERSARY DATES

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16-09 | Rotterdam – Antal, Soichi Terada (live) NL
19-10 | Amsterdam – Chez Damier, Antal, Soichi Terada, Tom Trago
24-11 | London – Antal, Joy Orbison, Vincent Floyd, Mark Ernestus & more

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Out Now! A new House Of Music zine! Yes yes… The 5th already, now available for free at your fave record store worldwide.

For this new edition, we had the opportunity to learn more about record digging in Tokyo w/ Chee Shimizu and Dubby. About DYI studio mentality w/ Tapes, and South African kwaito, pantsula, bubblegum w/ DJ Okapi. We spoke with Knekelhuis about good contemporary music and we got the chance to catch up with house legend Chez Damier. And more… It was special and good fun! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the read!

 

HOUSE OF MUSIC #5

DJ Okapi
Chez Damier
Ben & Sadar’s
Chee Shimizu & Dubby
Knekelhuis
& much more…

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