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Antal Heitlager, co-founder of Rush Hour Music and the now-defunct Kindred Spirits label (2002-2015) is visiting Los Angeles during a USA dj tour.
One day before the LA event we are hosting a Rush Hour X Rappcats popup store showcasing 1000+ records from the Rush Hour distribution wing including EU labels like Music From Memory, Stroom, Dekmantel, Afrosynth, Safe Trip, Art Yard, La Casa Tropical and more.

From electronic music to jazz, Rush Hour’s sound is hard to pin down and everybody can find something in it they like.During travels Antal picks up the occasional vintage records and about 100+ of these will be sold during the event as well.

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This player previews Insanlar’s epic 45-minute shamanistic techno folk song, split over two sides.  Due out this Spring!

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Insanlar returns with an epic 45 minute shamanistic techno folk song, split over two sides. With ‘Demedim Mi’, the Istanbul born group ft. the renowned DJ Baris K and multi-instrumentalist Cem Yıldız, offer another off-kilter journey through deep, esoteric Turkish electronic music.

Insanlar means humankind. Their techno folk hybrid is rooted firmly in Anatolian/Alewi religious poetry, their energetic, almost punkish attitude has created a mystic following around the bands early shows. Insanlar’s first release catapulted them on to the international stage, where their idiosyncratic mixture of traditional Anatolian/Mesopotamian instrumentation, electronic music and spiritual/philosophical lyrics continue to captivate festival audiences.

The musical excursions of the group go into uncharted territories rather than towards an end goal, melting traditional songs in their music as divine inspiration, while entering places one didn’t know existed. Insanlar’s recorded version of ‘Demedim Mi’ was initially meant to become a traditional Alewi ‘deyiş’ song, with lyrics. However, this session resulted in a long magical instrumental folk hymn, that is surprising and captivating at the same time.

Tracklist:
1. Demedim Me (Part 1)
2. Demedim Me (Part 2)

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We’re happy to present you the repress from the debut album by Slovenian act Videosex.
This was originally released during RSD and now available online and in-stores worldwide!

While little known outside of the former Yugoslavia, Videosex’s self-titled debut album from 1984 sold in significant numbers, making superstars of the young Slovenian musicians responsible for making it. The set not only helped turn Yugoslavian teenagers on to the possibilities of Western-style electronic pop, but also inspired them via satirical, often explicit lyrics.

Their debut performance at the Novi Rock festival in Ljubljana lead to an immediate contract offer from Slovenia’s biggest record label. It wasn’t long before the band were holed up in studio TOP TEN in Ljiublana recording what would become their debut album. They effectively moved in to the studio for days and weeks on end, clocking up well over 200 hours of recording time in which they mixed experimentation with a desire to polish each song to perfection. The result is their first album which includes nine songs touching a variety of sexually charged subjects including erotica, lesbianism, voyeurism and sadism.

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Tracklist
1. Detektivska Priča
2. Ana
3. Moja Mama
4. U Sjeni Egzotičnih Trava
5. 1001 Noć
6. Kako Bih Volio Da Si Tu
7. Videosex
8. Neonska Reklama
9. Neonska Reklama 2

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Rush Hour return with the weekender, this year in collaboration with Shelter and Claire. During this weekend we’re celebrating three years of the new Rush Hour store in Amsterdam. We are very delighted with all joining artists… Friends, family and all you music lovers, let’s dance together again!

We’re extremely proud, excited and happy to have these legends as our guests.

TICKETS FRIDAY 05.04.19 at Shelter
HUNEE
TERRENCE DIXON (live)
LOVEFINGERS
MARGIE

INSTORE SATURDAY 06.04.19 at RH Store
DARLING (live)
JORDAN GCZ & DREAMCAST (live)
AWANTO 3
MARGIE
SEKAN

TICKETS SATURDAY 06.04.19 at Shelter
FLOATING POINTS
ANTAL
JORDAN GCZ (live)
KAMMA

TICKETS SUNDAY 07.04.19 Somewhere In Amsterdam at Claire
DREAMCAST
MARK GRUSANE
INTERSTELLAR FUNK
SASSY J
RELMER INTERNATIONAL
SEKAN

 

FLOATING POINTS

The Manchester born, London based producer/dj/composer Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points has quickly become one of the most respected and sought-after musicians in contemporary music. Also as a DJ, Sheperd has gone on to establish himself as one the forerunners of today’s new dance music movement, earning the respect of his peers and contemporaries such as Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Benji B & many more.

HUNEE

Every DJ would like to think themselves a real musical connoisseur, but Hunee really is – it’s not him that says so, but pretty much anyone else whenever the man born Hun Choi pops up in conversation. As likely to draw for a classic house record as he is a disco curveball, a boogie delight or mixing an African bomb into a techno record, each selection he makes is a thing of true passion – you can see it not only in his eyes, but so too in the eyes of those dancing along.

TERRENCE DIXON (live, as POPULATION ONE)

First live show in the Netherlands ever, first time in Europe since 15 years… The Population One track ‘Rush Hour’ inspired RH’s company name, we can’t express how honored the Amsterdam institution feels to have him on the bill during this year’s weekender, at Shelter. Terrence Dixon debuted in 1994 on Claude Young’s Utensil label with a pair of 12″ releases under his own name and an album, Unknown Black Shapes, as Population One. Under the Population One codename, the Detroit citizen has realised some of his most vivid, esoteric portals to the Motor City mindset.

JORDAN GCZ (live)

One half of the much loved improvisation specialist duo Juju & Jordash and one third of Magic Mountain High – when Jordan GCZ flies solo he takes things to a whole new level. Originally from the US, GCZ has resided in Amsterdam for some years now with one foot in the local scene and the other firmly in his studio. Releasing his most recent output via local institution ‘Rush Hour’, ‘Future Times’ as well as his own ‘Off Minor’ imprint, Jordan’s productions capture the spirit of Detroit along with his own signature musicality and energy.

LOVEFINGERS

DJ, producer, promoter, label and A&R manager — Andrew “Lovefingers” Hogge has worn practically every hat there is to wear in the underground dance music industry over the past two decades. If one thing has driven Lovefingers’ myriad endeavors since the beginning, it’s the love of sharing music — pure and simple. An unwavering passion for crate digging and a penchant for the esoteric, have seen him emerge as a revered selector and tastemaker among discerning international listeners. Andrew brings the same deft curatorial hand to DJing as he does to his esteemed ESP Institute imprint, a global touchstone for genre-bending experimental dance fare.

KAMMA

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Kamma’s path to her craft could not have come more naturally. A child to parents who both have DJ’d professionally for over 25 years, Kamma was brought up on jazz, funk, disco and early house. Her instinctive nature and open-mindedness make her a purveyor of a wide range of sounds, going deep beyond her traditional roots. With an effortless contrast of energy and emotions, she journeys dancers into complex rhythms, dreamy waves and new era electronics.

MARGIE

Music runs deep in the veins of Margie, also known as Mijke Hurkx. For as long as she could count bars, Margie has been collecting and writing about music. The music lover extraordinaire collects boogie, house to whatever floats her boat. In Margie’s world without genre borders, there’s simply good or bad music. No doubt she feels right at home at Amsterdam’s versatile Rush Hour, where she runs the House of Music fanzine and plays DJ to RH’s label nights.

DREAMCAST

Dreamcast is a super soulful young singer and producer out of Washington, D.C. At the moment, he’s got a handful of tracks out (a few of which were released on the D.C.-based independent and funk-focused label PPU), on which his gentle, straightforward croon can be heard hovering over funky bass guitar lines and two-step friendly drums.

MARK GRUSANE

Former co-owner of Mr Peabody Records in Chicago, DJ Mark Grusane has a strong history and knowledge of DJing and Dancefloor culture while being an important go-to-guy for selections amongst a vast pool of international DJ’s, Compilers, and Record Labels. Just a little research will instantly show you his influence on DJ Culture, Record Collecting & Digging.

INTERSTELLAR FUNK

What marks out Interstellar Funk’s productions and DJ sets is van Elden’s love of the imperfections and eccentricities associated with left-of-centre analogue machine music. You’ll hear them within the new wave, electro, techno, jack-tracks, heavy electronics and everything in between that populate his DJ sets, as well as the solo records he’s released

SASSY J

Sassy J is a DJ, music lover, promoter and handcraft artist based in Bern, Switzerland. She has been pooling global sounds through her own night, Patchwork, for the last 10 years – doing it strictly for the love of music – by curating line-ups (from Sadar Bahar to MF Doom to Theo Parrish), or through her selections as a DJ.

RELMER INTERNATIONAL

Relmer International really tries to create a journey through house, balearic, italo and back in his sets as well his productions. He is an upcoming Amsterdam-based DJ, producer and new kid on the block ,who alsoproduces atmospheric house with a keen eye for the dancefloor.


SEKAN

Characterized by a broad musical taste and deep knowledge of various genres, Sekan attracts a wide range of music lovers. By his family he was exposed to Indonesian music at a young age, which still has a major influence on his current approach to sounds.
This eventually resulted in the start of his own platform Jiwa Jiwa. What originally started as a music label, has evolved into a multidimensional platform where photography, articles and films are expressed with the binding factor music.


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Upcoming, very talented Amsterdam DJ /producer debuts on Rush Hour with a loud 12-inch two-tracker, New Dance. After his remix for Bassekou Kouyate on Joe Claussell’s label and the strong “Testify” track co-produced with Jamie 3:26, he now goes solo with these two Italo infused dance floor igniters ….

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With roots in Japan and a career beginning to make waves in Amsterdam, Masalo is leading a new generation of dance music talent in The Netherland’s capital. His diversified upbringing is strongly translated into his musical output. Masalo’s mixes are proof of this hybridism, unearthing organic music and combining them with records that could be seen as modern-day successors of the original dance music. A performer from the heart with a raw Amsterdam aesthetic.

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After an extremely enjoyable collaboration with Rainbow Disco Club, we return to Claire for the next edition of Somewhere In Amsterdam. Smooth Sunday afternoon vibes, you know the drill!

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Line-up tba very soon!
A small batch of tickets are now available for an early bird price.

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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 now, comes with a 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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Join us in the park! Rush Hour collabs with Detroit Love for Europe’s biggest party week in July 2019, OFFSonar. Come early to see Insanlar live – dance to the all-star line up hailing from the D & much much more.

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RUSH HOUR
Hunee b2b Antal
Young Marco
I-F
Interstellar Funk
Sassy J
Insanlar

DETROIT LOVE
Carl Craig
Moodymann
DJ Stingray
Waajeed (live)
DJ Holographic

Offering homage to house and techno music, Detroit Love join forces with Rush Hour to bring electrifying party vibes to Poble Espanyol’s beautiful El Monasterio and Capra & Picnic arenas on Friday 19th July. With label head Carl Craig leading the charge for Detroit Love, he’s enlisted a roster of the city’s finest to join him.
Legendary DJ and producer Moodymann returns after delivering a stand-out set for last year’s showcase, whilst J Dilla collaborator and genre-bending producer Waajeed will perform a hotly anticipated live set. The unbound energy of DJ Stingray, promises a high-octane session with flavours of electro and techno, and one-woman funk machine, Holographic completes the roster.

Topping the bill for Rush Hour, Hunee goes back-to-back with label founder Antal. A now revered pairing, the duo are renowned for seamless sets that bounce beats like light off a mirror ball. Veteran DJ I-F joins the ranks, delivering a set that’s sure to have plenty of surprises. Taking the Poble Espanyol crowd on a journey through futurist grooves, Interstellar Funk will bring his distinctive style and expansive record collection to the Carpa stage, while Young Marco is also set to appear, known for his impeccable track selection and playful performances, as well as open-minded Swiss selector Sassy J and a live set from rising stars of improvised folk techno Insanlar rounding things off, having just announced a new LP – Demedim Mi – with Rush Hour.

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A very special crew is coming to Amsterdam! We are celebrating our friendship with the magical Tokyo based Rainbow Disco Club festival at the store next Thursday, 07.02


San Proper & RDC’s DJ Sisi will bring tunes during this instore. RDC’s Kikiorix made special RDC x SIA merchandise, which will be available during the instore.

It’s an in-store only affair! Come down for a drink & dance on Thursday next week!

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*for the Sunday party – Rainbow Disco Club x Somewhere In Amsterdam w/ Ben UFO, Antal, Gonno, Masalo
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We are back with our favorite Sunday afternoon party. Once again we are teaming up with the Rainbow Disco Crew from Tokyo! Food will be served from 6pm – 8pm. See you on the 10th of February!

With

Ben UFO
Antal
Gonno
Masalo
Sisi

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Ben UFOAs one of the co-founders of Hessle Audio, Ben UFO has been responsible, alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea, for some of the most varied and ground breaking releases of recent years.

He remains one of the few DJs in the UK to have made an impact without a production career to fall back on, and as such his reputation is solely the result of his skill as a selector and as a mixer. As a result he remains in a position to fully explore sounds both old and new, across the worlds of house and garage, dubstep and grime, and further into the past. This level of commitment to the dance music of the last two decades has led to a collection of records which reflects the position London has long held as a city responsible for the constant development of forward thinking music.

Antal

Antal needs little introduction here. As a DJ and ‘musicologist’, there are few more serious than Antal. Trying to sum up the musical world of the Rush Hour founder with a few loose signifiers like house or techno would be futile.

Gonno

Part of Japan’s next house / techno generation and Rainbow Disco Club resident! Gonno’s renowned for his single “Acdise # 2″ released on International Feel Recordings, that got support from François Kevorkian among others. Check out the recording of his Boiler Room set in London to get a taste!

Masalo

With his roots hailing from Japan, the Dutch-based artist Masalo is considered part of the new wave of Amsterdam music creatives. His musical outcomes offer multiple perspectives of his universe, combining a love for cosmic and soulful dance music with a raw Amsterdam aesthetic. Masalo’s mixes are proof of this mentality, unearthing organic music and combining them with records that could be seen as modern-day successors of the original dance music.

Sisi 

Sisi has been actively involved in many areas of music culture; working with DJ Pige and Ryo Murakami to establish Pan Records A&R and as a booking manager at SECOBAR that has played a big role in the development of underground youth culture in Shibuya, Tokyo.

As he was moving through his music career, the depth of his soul and his impulsive attraction to dance music led him to the unique mixed music of disco, world music and house.

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This player previews Rush Hour’s 2018 label highlights. Now available on Bandcamp and in digital music stores!

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Tracklist:
1. Mutant Beat Dance – Feed The Enemy ft. Tyler Pope and Patrick Mahoney
2. Jordan GCZ- Pinball Lizard
3. Stanislas Tohon – Owhaaou ! (Raphael Top-Secret Edit)
4. Skymark – Find A Place In This Crazy World (Ron Trent remix) 10:02
5. Les Choc Stars du Zaïre – Nakombe Nga
6. Jungle By Night – Pompette
7. African Love feat Ronald Snijders
8. Larry Heard – Burning 4 You
9. Mutant Beat Dance – Toy Story

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This player previews Jordan GCZ’s three tracker Pinball Lizard. High Scoring EP from one of the hardest working producers we know.  Out now!

Flippers At The Ready! The A-side is a pacey affair – a multi-ball dancefloor battle against the Grand Lizard. The two equally Neon treasures on the B side were recorded at the gear-laden Worm studio, Rotterdam in 2017. This is another cracking solo outing from the Ju Ju & Jordash/ Magic Mountain High linchpin.

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Tracklist:
1. Pinball Lizard
2. Yellow Jackets Descend
3. Minor 7 Resin

Video Processing & Editing by: Hiro Ikematsu

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