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2000black is back with three new, diverse tracks! Timeless tracks that blend the group’s love for soulful futuristic beats and organic instrumentation beautifully.

To most headz, the producers behind 2000black need no introduction. Inspired by breakbeat, house and techno, 4hero’s Dego has been constantly moving since the early nineties, enriching the drum & bass, soul and London boogie genres in his own unique way.

2000black established in 1998 by Dego, was named after a 1975 Roy Ayers’ recording. Both multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham and musical director Akwasi have been key members since the very beginning.

The collective is highly acclaimed for their unique groove and their mix of jazz, soul and electronics. “Make It Hard” is a result of 2000black’s creative craft and their experiences through the years. It is another winner release that Rush Hour proudly presents!

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 2000black – “Make It Hard” (RHM 015)

Tracklist

1. Make It Hard
2. Counter Attack
3. Steady Jam

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Licked a drop from the silver
tether,
The vein that held the grit together,
Ridges scored when grunt met
bone,
When shtones were shplit when
shplittin’ stone.

He rose from the roots in fine
spirits did Lankin,
And magicked up money from
none.
With no cause to work I’m
bone-idle and bored!
And I miss the days, days shplittin’
the shtones.

by Lee Eel.

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Rush Hour’s distribution channel is releasing this marvelous six tracker…
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Soichi Terada

Hunee compiles Soichi Terada’s works for the fascinating album ‘Sounds From The Far East’. This LP features highly sought after material by the legendary Japanese house producer.

Soichi Terada is an adventurous multitalent and over all a good sport. He was born in the sixties, and as a child he loved to play on his fathers’ electric organ. Terada majored in Computer Science and Electric Organ and after he graduated, he founded his Far East Recording in 1989, because he couldn’t find a label for his compositions at that time.

The sound of Far East Recording is very much inspired by early nineties US deep house. Soichi Terada went out to parties in the late eighties, were he was equally influenced by house and hip-hop. A few years later, Terada took on producing music by using digital sampling. In the early nineties he occasionally DJ-ed with a DAT player and some reel tapes, instead of using records and turntables.

‘Sounds From The Far East’ shines new light on Soichi Terada’s label and consists of material that was originally released in the early nineties. Next to Terada’s music, Hunee also selected a few tracks by fellow artist Shinichiro Yokota for this compilation, as well as ‘Sun Showered’, based on the incredible Paradise Garage gem called ‘Sunshower’, by Terada and Nami Shimada.

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Tracklist:

01. Soichi Terada – Saturday Love Sunday
02. Shinichiro Yokota – Do It Again
03. Soichi Terada – Sun Showered
04. Soichi Terada & Manabu Nagayama – Low Tension (Alternative Version)
05. Soichi Terada – Hohai Beats
06. Soichi Terada – Good Morning
07. Soichi Terada – CPM
08. Soichi Terada – Rising Sun Up
09. Shinichiro Yokota – Shake Yours
10. Soichi Terada – Voices From Beyond
11. Soichi Terada – Purple Haze (Edit)
12. Soichi Terada – Binary Rondo
13. Soichi Terada – Into Desert

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Dutch techno representative Steve Rachmad mixed up his 10 favorite Kenny Larkin classics for a special occasion! In 2015 Rush Hour will repress the label’s Kenny Larkin catalogue.

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Rush Hour co-operated with Kenny Larkin/Art Of Dance in ’05/’06, and released a collection of highlights from Kenny Larkin’s 1991 to 1997 period, including the stand out tracks Azimuth and Metaphor for instance.

These 12’s have been out of print for years and will be available again!

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Since their start, both artists have had great influence on the techno genre and in their carreers their paths crossed several times. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Steve Rachmad has been integral to the development of the scene in his native Netherlands. Detroit’s Kenny Larkin began producing in the early nineties, influenced by Juan Atkins and Derrick May, as well as the Chicago house music scene and has produced many techno classics.

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Kenny Larkin’s music on Rush Hour is released in a series of 6 separate 12″s; A-F. Purchase via the links below:

A: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: POD – THE VANGUARD EP

B: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: AZIMUTH EP

C: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: METAPHOR EP

Set for re-release January 2015

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D: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: DARK COMEDY PT 1

E: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: DARK COMEDY PT 2

F: KENNY LARKIN – PRESENTS: ART OF DANCE SAMPLER EP

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Rush Hour are overjoyed to repress Sumy’s complete “Tryin To Survive” album! Limited to 500 copies!

With an estimate of 500.000 inhabitants Surinam has a lively music scene. Although Surinam is a relatively unknown country, it has a strong influence on the Netherlands, where many Surinamese people live. The music from the Surinam is mainly known for it’s kaseko (which evolved out of the traditional kawina music) and soul music, but the Surinamese have also been active in other genres such as pop, funk & jazz.

Between 1976 and 1983, Surinam had a lively soul scene, and the output varied from eccentric Surinam soul tracks to more uptempo disco and boogie cross-overs. Nowadays, these tracks are becoming increasingly rare and hard to find.

Kindred Spirit’s “Surinam! Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dancefloor ’76 – ‘83” gave us a proper introduction to these hidden gems and included “Soul With Milk” from Sumy’s LP “Tryin To Survive”. Rush Hour now continues this uncovering mission by making this complete eighties boogie and disco-funk album available again to a wider audience.

“Tryin To Survive” is quite one of a kind. Expect a-typical pounding rhythms, striking guitars, stabbing keyboards and synths and bursts of harmonies combine. “May Allah and the invisible god of Sumy repay my dues, for all beings are in me, but I am not in them. Ayathola Sumy! I did my best to create this product with the ones who believe in me”, the creator commented.

After “Trying To Survive”, the digging efforts continue… More Surinamese funk tracks will hit the surface, as we dig deeper in the vaults. Another “Surinam!” compilation is currently in the making, and will be released somewhere in 2015…

 

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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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Compiled by Hunee, ‘Sounds from the Far East’ features eccentric and highly sought after material by legendary Japanese house producer Soichi Terada and fellow producer Shinichiro Yokota!

Soichi Terada is an adventurous music multi-talent and over all a good sport. Born in the Sixties, Terada majored in computer science and electronic organ; not being able to find a label for his eccentric compositions, he founded Far East Recording soon after his graduation, in 1989.

“Sounds From The Far East” shines new light on Soichi Terada’s label and work, and consists of material that was originally released in the early Nineties. Next to Terada’s music, Hunee also selected a few tracks by fellow artist Shinichiro Yokota, included in this compilation, and the incredible Paradise Garage gem that is ‘Sunshower’, by Terada and Nami Shimada.

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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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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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We’re proud to present Rick Wilhite’s second Vibes New & Rare Music compilation on Rush Hour. Named after the Detroit house legend’s renowned (and now unfortunately closed) record store, Vibes 2 features material by some of the most promising and established producers from Detroit, Chicago and NY. Part 1 of Vibes 2 has been recently released, and the second LP will be out late August.

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Vibes 2 will also be released on CD
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The utterly brilliant VHS mangling/guitar looping Torn Hawk descends on Rush Hour distribution’s No ‘Label’ with a double 7″ release ‘Quadrifolio’. Four sides of hazy genius with interchangeable artwork on four glossy inserts … a special release!

Short after Torn Hawk’s Quadrifolio, distribution continues by putting out two brilliant Design A Wave EPs. What do an alien balancing on one of it’ s three legs, the RSA encryption algorithm, neuroscience and prehistoric musical instruments have in common? Design A Wave isn’t sure either but this is some music made while trying to find that out.

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Torn Hawk – Quadrifolio is available now:

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The two Design A Wave limited edition EPs with beautiful Cosmo Knex artwork…

Design A Wave – EP 1 and 2 are available now:

Design A Wave – EP 1 – A.R.M. I

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Design A Wave – EP 2 – A.R.M. II

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