Out soon! Reissue of one of Amsterdam’s most respected producers Steve Rachmad aka Sterac ‘s essential 1996 Detroit techno classic. Remastered and available with full color artwork.
Sterac is considered an excellent producer and he is one of the Dutch pioneers of Detroit techno, producing this absolute classic back in 1996. On the A side you’ll find Osirion, a track built on a classic drumloop layered with Rachmad style arppegiators and euphoric strings. The B side features a more abstract 909 Detroit infused loop, full of heavy synths and percussion. Both tracks have stood the test of time and still sound fresh as ever.
We’re back in Japan this week! San Proper, Hunee and Antal meet Soichi Terada at Rainbow Disco Club. The three day festival is taking place from Friday April 29 until Sunday May 1st. Tickets are available here.
Hi there. This is Dr. San Proper with a selection of tracks to celebrate the fact that I am playing at Rainbow Disco Club again. I’ve entitled it “Proper’s Nippon Chart”, but it is in no particular order. I like them all so much, so it’s hard to choose and not even necessary if you ask me. Many different styles, but all produced by Japanese artists.
Also, these tracks don’t really reflect what I play at the festival this week, though these joints really inspire me a lot in the music I play and produce and in life generally. Yes, this is what I play at home… Check this out.
Rainbow Disco Clubへの再出演を祝すべくオススメトラックをお伝えするDr. San Properのお出ましだぜ。
ここで紹介したものを必ずしも今週末開催のRainbow Disco Clubでプレイするとは限らないが、自分の制作やプレイ、そして人生に多大なるインスピレーションを与えてくれた作品達だ。そう、俺は家でこんなやつらを聴いてるんだ。チェックしてみてくれ。
Ken Ishii – Extra
This is an all time favorite of mine. I remember very well when I first saw the video, it was just after it came out. With my headphones on, I was staring at a little screen. They were playing the track in a music store to promote Ken Ishii’s album “Jelly Tones”.
Straight up clean Japanese Funk, very well produced. This reminds me a bit of Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in a way. I’d suggest you listen to the full album. It works very well for me during these lovely spring mornings.
I’ve been listening to the amazing ‘Back in the Base’ compilation that Dj Krush mixed for Ninja Tune back in the days. He plays quite a bunch of his own tracks in this mix, alongside a lot of other great tracks from this trip-hop era.
I love his hazy style of cutting and scratching. Check out the entire hour he has put together for us.
“Ninja Tune”のためにミックスされた最高のコンピレーション”Back In the Base”を長らく聴いてるんだ。このミックスではTrip-hop時代の最高のトラックと、Krush自身のトラックの両方が楽しめるぞ。
Hitomi Tohyama – Love Is The Competition
This is just straight up fantastic! I got the two 7-inches – remastered and edited by Muro – as a present from my friends in Tokyo (Wanna Kiss/Sexy Robot) last time when I came over. I have a big passion for disco, these are totally up my alley. I couldn’t find the link, so you’ll have to enjoy this for now and perhaps do some digging yourself…
I’ve included a picture of the 2nd track i’m talking about.
I actually wanted to link “Kaminari – Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters” on Groovie Records, but I can’t seem to find the track online for you.
This album is quite new to me. Garage, punk, surf, psycho-billy, whatever you wanna call it…. it rocks. I have picked it up last week in Berlin at a nice record-store called “Wowsville”, where I frequently find a lot of albums in many styles and genres. It has a nice bar in the front which is quite convenient for me. The shop seems a bit hidden in the back, but it is real stand-up. If you go down to Kreuzberg, Berlin, make sure to pop in there for some gems.
実はGroovie Recordsの“Kaminari- Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters”を紹介したかったんだが、リンクが見つからねえんだ。
Obviously there’s much more to share when it comes to inspiring Japanese music. Honestly I could do this every month, even though it is hard for me to find the links and decipher the artists and titles, for I don’t master the language yet…
But i have also added some photos and some motivation to get you digging more and more. The sun is rising.
Next week we head back to the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, the beautiful landscape near the city of Tokyo. It is a great honor to host the second Rush Hour label showcase at this inspiring festival, and to meet with Soichi Terada and his friends again in his home country. Hope to see you there when you are around!
Rush Hour Allstars @ Rainbow Disco Club (Sunday, May 1st)
The Rush Hour Weekender takes place on 8-9-10 April at OT 301 and consists of a Friday and Saturday night, plus a Sunday evening (with food, like at Somewhere In Amsterdam). Tickets are available at the Rush Hour store and online via these links:
When Mick Wills starts his DJ carrier in the eighties, he plays anything from new wave to hi-NRG. After he discovers techno, acid and new beat in the late 80’s, nothing can stop him anymore. He recites the mailorder hotline number from the Hardwax record store in his sleep, and he seeks old disco and funk records on flea-markets and record fairs as well.
In 1994, Wills spins together with DJ Hell. Hell is impressed: he gives Wills the chance to spin in the legendary Ultraschall in Munich, also based on the mixtapes that wills keeps handing over to Hell. Two years later his collaboration with Klangstabil’s Maurizio Blanco in the studio makes him realize that he wants to produce records as well as play them. As wills doesn’t like to do things half way, it takes him several years to get a studio together and learn all the tricks of the trade, so on each of his following records you can hear Wills’ progress in the studio. While signed to Hell’s Gigolo, his dj-career takes off.
Mick Wills is a true music freak, an avid record collector and really does play like every night is his last. Again and again and again…
1. Hiding The Moon (Mick Wills Remix)
2. Crossroads (DJ Fett Burger’s Boss Brian Computer Mix)
After Hunee’s celebrated debut album “Hunch Music”, it’s time for these two weighty remixes here… DJ Fett Burger inserts “Crossroads” into Boss Brian’s computer and takes it to an extraordinary new level, Mick Wills transforms “Hiding The Moon” into a lengthy throbbing and grinding floor cracker…
Lee Collins & Frankie Knuckles (Sound Factory, 1991). Photo courtesy of Ron Trent From his upcoming Prescription Word, Sound & Power anthology boxset.
Ron Trent’s cousin Lee Collins must have had a great impact on the Prescription main man. In the early days of house music, Collins was one of the DJs that gleamed in the legendary Music Box’ DJ-booth. The Windy City super jock learned his craft first hand from DJs such as Andre Hatchett, Frankie Knuckles, Farley Keith and Robert Owens. Soon, the Chicagoan developed the kind of progressive funky soul sound that he is known for today. We’re overjoyed to have Collins as our guest on the Rush hour Weekender’s Sunday. Few tickets are still available!
Collins became an influential taste maker, via his „Disco Madness” radioshow which he started in the early eighties for example. According to ratings, by 1985, “Disco Madness” was rivaling WBMX’s legendary „Hot Mix Five” radioshow. In 1986, Robert Williams, owner of the Music Box, opened Fridays at the club for Lee to do a sequence of “Disco Madness” parties.
Soul In The Hole
Later, Lee Collins teamed up with Sadar Bahar and Russoul and formed a production company called “Soul in the Hole”. Again, years later, the first BBE compilation introduced their exciting adventurous musical taste to a wider audience. On the Rush Hour Weekender’s Sinday, the two veterans Bahar and Collins team up for the very first time in Amsterdam to share more underplayed funk, jazz and soul infused disco and house music with the dancefloor.
It is hard to express how excited we are to have living legend Dego as our guest on the Weekender’s Friday. Dego’s 2000Black band bless us with a performance, playing their unique electronic jazz and future boogie grooves live.Tickets are available!
After absorbing a lifetime’s worth of soul, reggae and hip-hop growing up in North-West London, the veteran composer of electronic music alway injected London’s burgeoning underground music scene with new ideas, resulting in a variety of groundbreaking music styles and grooves. A little introduction to Dego’s legacy below!
4Hero and drum & bass In the late eigties, not long after Reinforced was found by 4Hero, Dego jumped on the bandwagon and became a member of both the group and label. 4Hero were among the first proponents of what would become known as drum & bass, which began to grow in profile via a series of releases on their imprint. In the mid nineties 4Hero wrote the code for drum&bass figurehead Goldie, resulting in Goldie’s iconic “Timeless” album.
2000Black The 2000Black collective established in 1998 by 4Hero’s Dego, was named after a 1975 Roy Ayers’ recording. Inspired by its lyrics ‘Think About the Future, Think About Think About, Change’, the label and band formed a platform where any genre of music rooted in ‘the groove’ would be displayed.
As a result, many contrasting songs were released such as Pariss Clemons’ (r.i.p.) ‘Black Mary’ to Seiji’s ‘Run’, Bembe Segue’s ‘Take Me To Tomorrow’ to Capitol A’s ‘Doing It Up’. With all this variance one thread of continuity remained—the funk and the soul.
We’re overexcited to present our very first weekender at our home base OT 301! Tickets are available! During this cosy 3-day festival we are celebrating the opening of our new record store with friends and artists. The new store will have a bigger playground for more new and second hand records, plus room for new activities.Dego’s 2000black Family (live), Volcov, Margie, Beau Wanzer (live), Mick Wills, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman, Lee Collins and Sadar Bahar are our guests.
The Rush Hour Weekender takes place at RH’s home base OT 301 and consists of a Friday and Saturday night, plus a Sunday evening (with food, like at Somewhere In Amsterdam).
TICKETS FRIDAY (21-3h)
Kicking off on Friday night in collaboration with Sounds Familiar. Dego’s 2000black band bless us with a performance, playing their unique electronic jazz and UK boogie grooves live! Long time avid music collector Volcov and Margie are joining as the cherry on top… Dancers, don’t sleep!
Dego and the 2000Black Family (live) Volcov Margie
TICKETS SATURDAY (22-5h)
Interstellar Funk and Robert Bergman invite Mick Wills and Beau Wanzer for an adventurous, rattling, Chicago infused Saturday night. The DJs are avid record collectors, so we’re sure to hear lots of surprises.
Beau Wanzer (live) Mick Wills Robert Bergman Interstellar Funk
TICKETS SUNDAY (17-1h)
We’re very happy to have Soul In The Hole’s Sadar Bahar and Lee Collins together for the Sunday! The two veterans team up to throw more underplayed funk, jazz and soul infused disco and house music on the dancefloor. Like Sadar, Lee Collins has been one of Chicago’s musical pillars since the heydays. Sadar Bahar needs little introduction, we’re overjoyed to have him back at the decks for another great Sunday jam!!
Soul In The Hole Sadar Bahar Lee Collins (Music Box – Chicago)