Archive
Releases


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!

PRE-ORDER VINYL
PRE-ORDER DIGITAL

 

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

Read More

This player previews V/a – Pantsula! – The rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90

ORDER VINYL

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

Read More

This player previews Rush Hour’s 2017 label highlights. Now available on Bandcamp!

BUY NOW

Tracklist:
1. Arp Frique – Nos Magia
2. Ben & Sadar’s – We Are Rightious People
3. Senyaka – Bayanyonyoba
4. Ron Trent – Black Magic Woman feat. Harry Dennis
5. Vincent Floyd – Hard To Love
6. Ron Trent – Prescription
7. NAD – Transmatting
8. Abstract Eye – Nobody Else
9. Population One – Lost In Space remixed

Read More

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.

PRE-ORDER VINYL
PRE-ORDER DIGITAL

Tracklist:
1. Rush Hour (20th Anniversary Mix)
2. Warped (Remix)
3. Cosmic Drill (Remix)
4. Lovechild (Remix)
5. Lost In Space (Remix)

Read More

IMG_1596

Out Now! A new House Of Music zine! Yes yes… The 5th already, now available for free at your fave record store worldwide.

For this new edition, we had the opportunity to learn more about record digging in Tokyo w/ Chee Shimizu and Dubby. About DYI studio mentality w/ Tapes, and South African kwaito, pantsula, bubblegum w/ DJ Okapi. We spoke with Knekelhuis about good contemporary music and we got the chance to catch up with house legend Chez Damier. And more… It was special and good fun! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the read!

 

HOUSE OF MUSIC #5

DJ Okapi
Chez Damier
Ben & Sadar’s
Chee Shimizu & Dubby
Knekelhuis
& much more…

Read More

This player previews Ben & Sadar’s – We Are Righteous People (RH-STORE JAMS010). Sadar Bahar & Ben ‘Cosmic Force’ team up and come correct with these two direct disco jams!

ORDER VINYL 

The two tracker accidentally arose after Sadar Bahar discovered Ben’s Utrecht based studio (housing 60 synths!). Ben was charmed by the electronic elements in Sadar’s funk and Sadar loved Ben’s ideas. Nuff said, a new NL based project was born. Nothing sampled for these tracks… only stabbing guitar, bass, sax and pounding drum programming for dance floor heat!

Tracklist
1. We Are Righteous People
2. Bouncing Atoms

Read More

This player previews Senyaka – Bayanyonyoba (RH RSS 23):

ORDER VINYL

South African house and synth-funk from the kwaito era by the legendary Senyaka Kekana. The unexpected deep house jam “Bayanyonyoba (1993)” and the illustrious soul song “Don’t Judge Me Bad (1987)” are big RH favorites. Original copies are absolutely impossible to find, now released on 12inch format for the first time…

Esa Williams - “I had the pleasure of performing alongside Senyaka at the Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg back in 2012 which would have probably been his last most iconic gig before his passing in 2015. These two tracks really showcase the sounds of South Africa around the early to late 80’s, the influences from American synth pop and House that would then lead later into many of these records being played at the wrong speed which ultimately became the original Kwaito sound from South Africa.”

Kwaito is not just a form of house music, it’s also about the way South Africans dress, talk and dance. The lifestyle took shape in Soweto and gained popularity throughout the cities and townships of South Africa during the nineties. In the backdrop of a transforming South Africa, this slow, loud and striking form of house music emerged just before Nelson Mandela took office as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Kwaai meaning hot, kicking – kwaito is a style in which the sung, rapped and shouted lyrics played a prominent part to mobilise the youth and push for change.

The late Senyaka’s 1987 album Fuquza (Dance) was years ahead of its time and gave rise to his reputation as a forerunner of the kwaito sound. The album includes “Don’t Judge Me Bad” as well as “African Rap” and “Go Away”. Later, in 1993, with South Africa on the cusp of democracy and the kwaito movement about to explode into the mainstream, Senyaka cemented his position with the release of his landmark album Ma-Gents, which included the song “Bayanyonyoba”.

Regarded as one of the first African rappers, this pioneering artist was best known for his eccentric, controversial lyrics – delivered with a bold and at times funny approach that endeared him to many fans. Outside music, Senyaka also grew in popularity thanks to his roles as an actor, including in the popular homegrown film Moruti wa Tsotsi and the television comedy Ashifa Shabba.

The emblematic artist successfully reinvented himself during his career, which led to divergent works. Senyaka’s versatile character shines through in this release as well. “Bayanyonyoba” is a soulful, loud but dreamy South African house gem, whilst “Don’t Judge Me Bad” is a more introverted electronic soul song.

Tracklist
1. Bayanyonyoba
2. Don’t Judge Me Bad

Read More

This player previews Vincent Floyd – Hard To Love (RHM 020). A stunning Chicago deep house song by the dreamy, lovelorn Vincent Floyd, recorded in the early nineties. Previously unreleased, mastered from the original DAT tapes.

ORDER VINYL

Tracklist:
1. Vincent Floyd – Hard To Love
2. Vincent Floyd – Hard To Love (Instr.)

Catch Vincent Floyd at the RH weekender – rare chance to see him play a live show, first time in the Netherlands.

Read More


The legendary Prescription Records defined the 1990s deep house sound. Now captured in this monumental 6LP anthology boxset! Holds numerous classics that have been out of press for years + four previously unreleased tracks.

ORDER VINYL
ORDER DIGITAL

“Prescription: Word, Sound and Power” presents the groundbreaking Chicago based house label’s anthology, holding milestone songs + four previously unreleased tracks.
Chez Damier and Ron Trent started the label in 1993, released some two-dozen singles in a four-year span, many of which attained legendary status on the underground scene. “Chez Damier and I started the label, because we had the idea to take a certain level of fidelity and bring that fidelity to what people call tracks. Tracks being drum orientated Chicago rhythm tracks with a minimalistic melody. We were playing with that idea, expounding a point of
that minimalistic aspect and making it more complex”, Trent explains.

Ron Trent was born in Massachusetts but raised in Chicago, listening to jazz and learning percussion. He began DJing in 1982, playing at area high schools. His first EP, containing the epic instrumental“Altered States,” was released on Armando Gallop’s Warehouse Records in 1990. Chez Damier (Anthony Pearson) grew up in Chicago, where he danced at the Warehouse as a youth. He left for Detroit in the 1980s, helping to open the Music Institute and working A&R for Kevin Saunderson’s label, KMS. Damier and Trent met while Damier was visiting Chicago and immediately hit it off.

Today, Prescription is cited by countless producers as a major influence. “It’s a very dub experimental label… sound bites, samples, rhythms, and a lot of ethereal stuff, too,” Trent expounds—not to mention. Prescription’s embrace of heavy sub-bass. Concludes Trent, “It was ahead of its time, definitely.”

Vinyl 1:
A1 Morning Factory
A2 Prescription
B1 Don’t try it
B2 Seduction

Vinyl 2:
C1 Pop, Dip & Spin
C2 Energy
D1 Sometimes I feel like
D2 Angora

Vinyl 3:
E1 I Feel Rhythm
E2 Soul Samba Express
F1 Life For Livin
F2 Space Riddims

Vinyl 4:
G1 Foot Therapy
G2 On My Mind
H1 Morning Fever
H2 Love Is The Message

Vinyl 5:
I1 World, Sky & Universes – The Answer
I2 Ron Trent – Black Magic Woman feat. Harry Dennis
J1 Noni – Be My
J2 Warp Dub Sound System – Night Places Darkness Upon The Earth

Vinyl 6:
K1 Chez-N Trent – The Choice
K2 Ron Trent – History
L1 Ron Trent – The Meaning
L2 Ron Trent – Piano Track

Read More

Out now! The Abstract Eye’s “Cool Warm Divine EP” holds five prolific electronic soul tracks – melodic techno by The Abstract Eye, better known as Gifted and Blessed. Originally released in 2011 on Valentine Connexion, now available again in a shiny new jacket.

ORDER VINYL

With a fixation for vintage electronic instruments, the extraordinarily gifted Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker creates striking electronic songs under many monikers, integrating the technological with the spiritual and ancestral in his music.

Tracklist:
1. Cool Warm Divine
2. Nobody Else
3. Twinkerbelly
4. The Unseen
5. Nobody Else Pt. 2

Read More

RA_RHSTOREJPN2017_3-1Pecker’s sought after Pecker Power LP and two monstrous Ryuichi Sakamoto classics are next in Rush Hour store’s Japan series. Release: record store day 2017.

PECKER – PECKER POWER (RH-STORE JPN 5)

YX-7267 H-1_thump

Heavy sought after Japanese reggae dub LP that includes players such as Sly & Robbie, Minako Yoshida & Augustus Pablo..Reissue of a 1980 original. Next stop in Rush Hour store’s Japan series!

Tracklist:
1 Mystical Cosmic Vibration
2 Dr Dr Humanity
3 International Orchitis
4 Pecker Power (Part Two)
5 Pecker Power (Part One)
6 Concrete Jungle
7 Militant Sniff
8 Jamming
9 Mystical Electro Harikiri

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO – THOUSAND KNIVES / PLASTIC BAMBOO (RH-STORE JPN 6

94563_300_thump

Thousand Knives & Plastic Bamboo by the legendary Ryuichi Sakamoto are taken from the incredible Better Days label catalog. Both killer slices of 80ties Japanese electronic music. Latest addition to the RH store Japan 7inch series. Recommended!

1 Thousand Knives Of
2 Plastic Bamboo

Read More

rh_bestof2016_2b

“Rush Hour Best of 2016″ is now available on RH’s Bandcamp page and will hit other digital stores very soon.

ORDER DIGITAL

Tracklist:
1. Claude Rodap – Hiwa
2. Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road (Beat Edit)
3. Hunee – Crossroads (DJ Fett Burger’s Boss Brian Computer Mix)
4. Sterac – Osirion
5. Interstellar Funk & Jeroen – Ama Diver
6. Population One – The Move
7. Orlando Voorn – Let Me Lead The Way
8. Claude Rodap – Zouklove
9 Ronald Snijders – Kaseko Attack
10. Steve Watson – Born To Boogie

Read More