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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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TOLOUSE LOW TRAX


Questions from: Jan Schulte, Charlotte, Tala Drum Corps, Suzanne Kraft, DX7kid1982.

 

SASSY J

Questions 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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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.

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.

LP + CD (mailorder)

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Digital music stores
Spotify

LP + CD (wholesale)*

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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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*If you’d like to order this wholesale, please send a mail to orders@rushhour.nl

 

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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!

TICKETS

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 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: Spring 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 200 minutes 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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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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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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DJ Nobu & Antal
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San Proper
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KAMMA & Masalo
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somewhere in amsterdam x rainbow disco club
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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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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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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