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The Chicagoans team up for another release! The ones who know Mutant Beat Dance, know they are out to push music into a different realm every time they collaborate. Together they are taking us to unknown districts again, with their exciting eccentric production work. The Mutants call it Jakbeat, inspired by the early days of house music. Heavy dance floor stuff, that needs to be played on heavy sound systems…

Mutant Beat Dance - PolyfonikDizko is set for release early December.

Limited to 450 copies, with beautiful hand made silkscreen covers by Ruben Verkuylen. 


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A Far East Recording compilation with material produced by Soichi Terada will be released on Rush Hour Music in December this year. This compilation is curated by Hunee.

More info will follow soon…

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The truly deadly album from Terrence Dixon on Rush Hour Music is out! Under the Population One codename, Detroit citizen, Terrence Dixon, has realised some of his most vivid, esoteric portals to the Motor City mindset. ‘Theater Of A Confused Mind’ is Dixon’s 2nd album in this mode and marks a timely return to Rush Hour twenty years after his debut album, ‘Unknown Black Shapes’, and the ‘Hippnotic Culture’ 2LP, whose ‘Rush Hour’ track inspired our company’s name.

In both the literal and figurative sense of the album’s title – theatre as a space for performance or an operating table, and equally in terms of psychogeography – ‘Theater Of A Confused Mind’ plays out an affected Afro-futurist narrative over eight tracks of haunting and furtive sci-fi techno. It’s riddled with cryptic connotation, systemic from the track titles to its deft, subtle mix down, all drawing upon the city’s emotions, industrial architectures and post-industrial panoramas to better express it’s sense of soul.

Between opener ‘Out Of Control’, where Dixon is the voice-in-Detroit’s-head, a dark interpreter on a dérive whispering to
himself “Detroit, Out of Control/As I Walk Through The Mists Of Detroit/And You Don’t Know What We Be”, and through to the mind-blowing sci-fi projections of closer ‘All Of A Sudden’, it renders a unique perception of Detroit’s enduring export. Tracing circuitry like grid-iron avenues, Dixon deviates down back alleys, through warehouses and across mental space, divining the ghosts of jazz in the coiled double bass of ’For Only You’, or long lost SOS transmissions in the tribal patterns of ‘Code Urgent’, whilst the prickling electro of ‘Battle For Space’ condenses that fractured flux at the album’s core, and the kaotic harmonies of ‘My Own Shadow’ encapsulate a Kafkaseque sense of raving paranoia.

In light of recent news that Terrence is set to retire from making music, the already incredible ‘Theater Of A Confused Mind’ is imparted with an ever more impending sense of gravity. It’s little short of Population One’s magnum opus, and should be treated with due respect.

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Population One – Theater Of A Confused Mind (RHM 013)
1. Out Of Control 
2. Code Urgent 
3. For Only You 
4. Battle For Space 
5. Inner City Circus 
6. All Together 
7. My Own Shadow 
8. All Of A Sudden

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Over the last few months Rush Hour has crossed Europe and hosted label nights from Berlin to Bordeaux.  The touring hasn’t finished yet, and it’s time for nightspot Dude Club in Milan next Saturday, featuring Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Antal and the Milan locals The Barking Dogs. Also Interstellar Funk is jumping on the bandwagon; the young man who is better known as Olf van Elden here at Rush Hour HQ, where he works.

Van Elden is known for his “House Train” track on Voyage Direct, and for his cuts released on Tape Records, the acclaimed record label that he runs together with a couple of friends. As a member of Tape DJs, he also organizes great parties here in Amsterdam. Since he’s on the bill of the Rush Hour label night in Milan next weekend and he spent last weekend recording tracks with Dutch electro pioneer Das Ding, it is time to ask him a few questions.

1. This is the first time you join a Rush Hour label night abroad…
Yes, it is. I am traveling together with Antal, thats fun already. So far I haven’t played much abroad. The Rush Hour night is a great start now for the rest of 2014, because I am having two more shows in Italy this year…

2. You are playing with Shake, Antal and The Barking Dogs. How are you looking forward to this night?
It’s a big honor to share the bill with those artists, especially because this night represents the label. I’ve never played with The Barking Dogs before, and also not with Shake – which is a huge honor of course. He is a techno pioneer and has been a big influence.

3. You have already played at quite some Rush hour label nights. When can we expect your music released on Rush Hour?
There is some music around for those in the know…

4. Last weekend you went jamming with Das Ding. That is special. Can you describe what it was like? What did you record and what will happen with the output?
It was a very interesting experiment. The sessions were also a preparation for a live performance, that will happen the day after Dude Club in Milan. I will head to Nijmegen to play some of the jams live with Das Ding at a venue called Brebl. We never met before the jam sessions but it felt really confident. We started jamming on Friday afternoon and left the building on Saturday night. We recorded the whole session, let’s see what the future will bring.

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We are happy to announce two Rush Hour ADE label nights!

On Wednesday October 15 we will start Amsterdam Dance Event with a Rush Hour club Trouw takeover ft. Ron Trent, Traxx, Hunee, Antal, Robert Bergman, Young Marco, Interstellar Funk and San Proper. This will be the last ADE at Trouw and the line-up is so promising… we have to go out with a bang! Let’s make it a night to remember for a long long time…

And then there’s the Saturday with Transmat! This year Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May resparked his label with the symbolic catalog number MS200 and the promising French producer Karim Sahraoui (aka Djinxx). Both artists will be present, next to Dimitri, Tom Trago, Awanto 3 and Deep’A & Biri. The Transmat label night is a collaboration between Rush Hour and pop temple Paradiso.

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One of the stars featured on Wilhite’s Vibes compilation is NYC house legend Jovonn…  It’s a huge honor to have him over at Somewhere In Amsterdam this Sunday.

Over the past decades Jovonn has made numerous classics. It already started for him in 1991, when his second release “Turn and Runaway” hit the Billboard top 10. Since then he has excelled in every role he has played in the dance music industry. These roles have included singer, song writer, musician and record label owner. Jovonn has produced more than 200 records in the dance, r&b, hip-hop, and neosoul genres, but his true love is dance music.

Here you find some of our favorites.. Enjoy and hope to dance with you all this Sunday!

Let’s start with his first hit: “Turn and Runaway”

Jovonn – “It’s gonna be right” was released In ’92 on his Goldtone label….

Big smile when somebody drops this tune..!! Appears on Jovonn’s “House A La Carte” 12″, also released in ’92 on Project X Records.

Join us at Somewhere In Amsterdam!!

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We are proud to present the long awaited second (and last) part of Rick Wilhite’s Vibes 2 compilation. A follow up to the first LP, released last May, part 2 is out now and available in record stores worldwide. The CD version is set for release on September 8th, and will feature a selection of tracks taken from the vinyl compilations.

We already spoke to Wilhite in occasion of the release of the first LP, and we met him again during Dekmantel festival – capturing his vibe in this short video… Enjoy!

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Join us at the Vibes 2 release party! Somewhere In Amsterdam, 28th September, ft. Rick Wilhite, Jovonn (NYC) and Specter (Chicago) + friends.
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Upcoming Rush Hour nights ft. Rick Wilhite:

26 Sep 2014, Rush Hour Records Take Over @ Village Underground – London

27 Sep 2014, Rush Hour Label Night @ Panorama Bar – Berlin

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Director: Bernie van Vlijmen
Story: Mijke Hurkx
Camera: Fabio de Frel
Edit: Bernie van Vlijmen
Sound mix: Jesse Koolhaas
Color grading: Kevin van Kleef
Production: Mijke Hurkx

Thanks to: circusfamily.com and Dekmantel festival

 

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In September Terrence Dixon will release his new Population One album on Rush Hour Music (RHM 013). More info will follow soon…

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Rush Hour is going on tour! We are so excited to represent a lot of the label’s artists across Europe. In the next months there will be nights helt in Paris, Barcelona, Bordeaux, London, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Rick Wilhite * San Proper * Jovonn * Hunee * Awanto 3 * Tom Trago * Carl Craig * Volcov * Antal * Young Marco * Maxi Mill * D…

Looking forward to dancing with you all!!

You can find exact dates, places and line-ups via our Facebook page

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After the first edition of the RH House Of Music magazine, we really liked the idea of doing a magazine, and that has lead to the second edition in the making!  The upcoming HOM features stories on Invisible City Editions,  Sahel Sounds’ Mamman Sani and… Awanto 3! To warm up for it, we decided to put a part of Awanto 3′s interview online that we will publish in the second edition. 

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Steven van Hulle aka Awanto 3 has been a key figure in the Amsterdam electronic music scene for a long time. For more than 20 years he has been in all kinds of music and art projects like Rednose Distrikt, PIPS:lab, Klakson and more. Just a few years ago, he had the urge to create his first solo album under his Awanto 3 guise: and again we are hearing something so diverse. Opel Mantra is house music, but a lot of tracks go far beyond that, fusing exciting rhythms and musicians into a surprising whole.  Van Hulle tells us more about the versatility of his music and art…

You have been into music for such a long time, what have you been up to all these years?
I was born in Belgium, and in the mid eighties, when my parents decided to move to Noord-Holland in the Netherlands, it was all about electric boogie, skateboarding, graffiti, Doe Maar and Ciske de Rat for me. Thanks to Grandmaster Flash, the Furious Five, Herbie Hancock and of course Michael Jackson, dance music started to crawl through my veins. When I turned 17 years old, I started DJing for real with my uncle’s records. I started to buy hip-hop, disco, jazz and house records for myself… Later on I got also into spaced out jazz and funk and then there was also electro & techno… too much to handle.

But we are only now talking about your solo debut album. Why’s that?
Don’t know. I’ve put out quite some music, but most of them were collaborations, because I am quite a team player. I have never had a real long-lasting focus, I’ve been doing all kinds of projects with different people. I started with graffiti back in the days, and visual jokes and projects have always remained in my life. So like a lot of other graffiti artists, I ended up being multidisciplinary. I grew into a lot of different forms of ‘art’. Yes, it all has kept me really busy for a while.

Can you give an example of your diversity when it comes to your music projects?
I started Rednose Distrikt with Kid Sublime, and Aardvarck joined later. We used to combine weird musical contrasts, in a typical Rednose way. We took it quite far, sometimes to a level that we really annoyed the dance floor. People would have been dancing and enjoying themselves in the flow of the music, and suddenly we kind of scared them off with grind core fragments or carnival hits that fucked or hyped up the vibe totally for a few seconds. We kind of had that punk attitude, liked to be a bit wanton. On the other hand I like to point out Klakson, Steffi and Dexter’s label. I started Klakson with Steffi and released the first three records with music from my friend Dexter. I grew up with him musically as well. That was something completely different from Rednose Distrikt. The music was more electronic, more serious and dark. The crowd we reached was different, the parties as well, and so on. I mean you can see it now. Klakson has become big, while Rednose has never made it, due to a lot of reasons. One reason is that we not really had the intention to become popular with Rednose, and that was a part of our punky attitude.

The Awanto 3 album ‘Opel Mantra’ is very diverse, but consistent at the same time. It is house music, but it goes beyond that. The fact that you have worked together with musicians makes it sound very live, almost like a band. Is this the result of all those years of experience?
I actually hadn’t planned to work with musicians. After I finished the tracks on my MPC, I found out that everything was recorded mono. I was so disappointed in myself, I insisted to overdub all the samples with stereo layers. Then Jameszoo tipped me to go to the Red Bull studio, he had recorded a lot there too, and it was for free. I called up my favourite musicians – New Cool Collective’s Jos de Haas and Frank van Dok, and Zuco103’s Stefan Schmid for instance, musicians that I had worked with before. And Jungle By Night’s horn players Ko & Bo and and Tom Trago joined as well. So that is actually how it happened.

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Awanto 3′s Opel Mantra consists of 3 12″ and a CD. 
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When Antal travels for gigs or other occasions, he uses that privilege to travel wisely. Recently he went to Detroit for Wilhite’s VIBES 2 pt. 1 release party, and that motivated him to comb out as much glorious records possible at shops and retailers in a radius of 2000 kilometers. Roel de Boer joined him on his digging trip from Chicago to New York, and of course via Detroit. He brought his photo camera in search of particular sights and sceneries. In the following weeks we will expand our Facebook digging album with those.

Roel, you guys only went for two weeks, so the trip must have been quite intense. Can you introduce what the days were like?
We had a jetlag when we arrived, still we took little time for sleep and woke up around 6, 7 am, and started digging in Chicago. Of course we left early, because it’s huge there, not like here in The Netherlands. We drove a rental car, and it could take even a few hours before we would arrive at a location. Especially at the start of the trip the long days could make us quite dizzy, because of that jetlag. But digging was not the only nice thing. We ran into a lot of situations, and sometimes I tried to capture those with my camera.

Can you give an example of such a situation?
It is hard to give one stand out example. It is just what travelling is. You get inspired by all kinds of things, even on the road. We met a lot of people with fascinating personal stories. For instance… I have never been at the pioneering club the Music Institute. So it’s quite magical to speak with some one who has worked there… When we just walked down the street we all of a sudden saw Theo Parrish just sitting outside. We also ran into Ron Trent’s percussionist, Sundiata O.M. That is just funny, awesome.

When you dig in the States, what in particular do you expect to find?
You can find quite some soul, funk and gospel. A lot more different titles. It doesn’t mean that you can find it al lot. I think only 5% of what we dig is really worth taking home. Or maybe even less.

You also went for Rick Wilhite’s VIBES 2 pt. 1 release party ft. Interdimensional Transmissions, Josh Milan, Glenn Underground, Vincent Floyd, Terrence Dixon and Recloose. How was that?
Musically it was a real experience, so nice. As expected. If I have to point out one performance, I’d like to point out Terrence Dixon. He came with a band, five or six people, percussion, keys for instance. It is quite weird, feels adverse, when you see a live band playing raw abstract techno.

These are a few of the photos by Roel de Boer. You can find more foto’s here.

1. The start of quite a road trip!

 

2. One of the first stops is KStarke in Chi-town.

 

3. Holy towing…

 

4. Good ol’ 8-tracks!

 

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Jorge Velez, the artist that brought us the exceptional MMT Tapes series returns to Rush Hour with a new two-track 12″ called Ausland this week! Also known for his work as Professor Genius, amongst other monikers, Velez has long been one of the US underground’s most revered figures to those in the know. ‘Ausland’ features two deep and darker workouts by this veteran Jersey-based producer. Sonically approaching house and techno as open fields for experimentation, Velez crafts rhythmic and hypnotic beats across the two tracks on offer.  

Velez his MMT tape jams stayed in their little boxes for over a decade when we luckily took notice here at Rush Hour. We definitely like to learn a bit more about the jams we released in 2012. But most of all we like to learn more about Ausland.  Jorge Velez was willing to give a few insights!

You have released a selection of your early productions under your personal name on RH in 2012. After you produced these tracks, you continued producing a different sound as Professor Genius and under other monikers. Why didn’t you put out the early work back then? The world wasn’t ready?
In the nineties I never thought anyone would want to hear that music. I made it for myself as I was learning how to make music with my machines. Then the tapes would go into their little box and I’d continue making more stuff. I still work like that today but it all goes onto hard drives. If it wasn’t for Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) hearing those tracks and really liking them they probably would have stayed in that box.

How did Legowelt hear about the tapes?
Two years ago I made a little mix for fun out of some of the many hours of material and put it online. Danny listened and emailed me to ask what it all was, and I told him it was my old music. He was into it and he pushed in the right directions to have it heard by people who could release it. The best part about it is how much love there is for this music. I’ve had people come up to me and thank me for it. It’s amazing. And I’ve always thought some of those tracks were cool. I just never expected anyone else to think so! At the time I made them I passed some around to people in the NYC Techno scene and never heard anything back. I guess they were too simplistic or crappy for them.

The MMT tapes were produced in the nineties, in a time that New Jersey was known for a completely different sound. Were you alone in this, or was there a small scene?
I didn’t know anyone else in New Jersey making this music. I had friends who knew people producing the House that came out of Newark, for example, but I never met those people. I just went to parties and clubs and danced and then came back home with a head filled with ideas. I wanted to be a painter originally. I went to art school and all that. But after school I decided to learn to make music instead of paint. I felt it was more immediate and I was still making decisions and using chance and things like that. Plus there was no mess!

Now you are releasing Ausland. Can you tell me how Ausland arose and how you produced it? Why is it called Ausland?
The records I made in 2013 that are being released soon, including Ausland, have been influenced by my experiences travelling and touring in that year. It was a fantastic year to be honest. I got to see so much and meet great people. My wish is to hopefully play some more live shows outside the US this year and present all this new music. Sort of bring it back to the source! I also miss much of Europe. I feel at home there.

How did the touring influence your productions?
It’s not easy to put into words. It’s all there in the music and even the titles of the releases and their tracks will point the listener to where I was. But what’s most important is how the person listening or dancing interprets this music. Sonically I’ve rediscovered that House and Techno are such open fields for experimentation. They always have been but I seemed to have forgotten that in the past 10 years I guess. Hearing amazing new music while in Berlin or Hamburg or  Paris has opened my ears up again, so to speak. And then collaborating with amazing people – and musical heroes – like DJ Gilb’r in Paris among others has taught me how to approach creating music in different ways.

J Velez – Ausland is out this week! 

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1. Ausland
2. Lost Highway

 

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