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STERAC – OSIRION:
bit.ly/SteracOsirion

Out soon! Reissue of one of Amsterdam’s most respected producers Steve Rachmad aka Sterac ‘s essential 1996 Detroit techno classic. Remastered and available with full color artwork.

Sterac is considered an excellent producer and he is one of the Dutch pioneers of Detroit techno, producing this absolute classic back in 1996. On the A side you’ll find Osirion, a track built on a classic drumloop layered with Rachmad style arppegiators and euphoric strings. The B side features a more abstract 909 Detroit infused loop, full of heavy synths and percussion. Both tracks have stood the test of time and still sound fresh as ever.

Tracklist
1. Osirion
2. Primus

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Rush Hour Store Japan

 

Out now! RH Store Japan series:

ERI OHNO – SKYFIRE
Ehri Ohno - Skyfire

RURIKO OHGAMI – FUWARI FUWA FUWA

RURIKO OHGAMI	- FUWARI FUWA FUWA

RYO KAWASAKI – LITTLE ONE

RYO KAWASAKI - LITTLE ONE

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“Electric Park Square” is Interstellar Funk’s debut EP on the label! The mystical six tracker takes you on an adventurous multidimensional journey.

Part of a new breed of young Dutch producers and DJs, Interstellar Funk crafts magical melodies and textured tracks that look to the future whilst taking cues from the past.

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INTERSTELLAR FUNK – ELECTRIC PARK SQUARE
(RHM 014)

1 Cable 54
2 Poly Evolver #1
3 Ama Diver (Interstellar Funk and Jeroen)
4 Short Sequence
5 Prototype (Interstellar Funk and Jeroen)
6 Poly Evolver #2

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Preview the lengthy and weighty takes on Hunee’s “Hiding The Moon” and “Crossroads” by Mick Wills and DJ Fett Burger!

Hunee – Hunch Music Remixes (Mick Wills/ DJ Fett Burger)

Tracklist:
1. Hiding The Moon (Mick Wills Remix)
2. Crossroads (DJ Fett Burger’s Boss Brian Computer Mix)

After Hunee’s celebrated debut album “Hunch Music”, it’s time for these two weighty remixes here… DJ Fett Burger inserts “Crossroads” into Boss Brian’s computer and takes it to an extraordinary new level, Mick Wills transforms “Hiding The Moon” into a lengthy throbbing and grinding floor cracker…

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Rush Hour are very proud to release Orlando Voorn – “In My World”. After re-releasing classics under his Fix, Format and Baruka monikers, the label continue with the release of Dutch techno legend Voorn his beautiful new album. Preview two tracks in full below!

Orlando Voorn has always been acknowledged as a master thanks to his unique sense for abstract melodies and drum programming. “In My World” embodies these credentials, incorporating diverse excursions that are suspended and rich in detail.

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ORLANDO VOORN – IN MY WORLD 

Orlando Voorn - In My World

Info + order:
LP
CD
Digital

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LP TRACKLIST 
1. Space Age
2. Let Me Lead The Way
3. Goon Entire Kickless
4. Anti Political
5. The Swamp
6. Predator’s Cave
7. Chicago By Night
8. Turn Left Right Here

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A selection of highlights, released on Rush Hour Music in 2015! “Rush Hour Best of 2015″ is now available on RH’s Bandcamp page and will hit other digital stores on December 1st.

rushhourmusic.bandcamp.com

Tracklist
01. Hunee – Crossroads
02. Joy Orbison – A213
03. Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road
04. Soichi Terada & Manabu Nagayama – Low Tension (Alternative Version)
05. Vincent Floyd – Moonlight Fantasy
06. Shinichiro Yokota – Do it Again
07. No Pain – Its Gonna Be Alright (No More Pain Mix)
08. 2000 Black – Make it Hard
09. AKSK – Breaking
10. Ron Trent – Ron Hardy (Dedication To You)
11. James Mason – Dance Of Life
12. Sumy – Soul With Milk
13. Vincent Floyd – I Dream You
14. Hunee – Rare Happiness
15. Awanto 3 – Fat Ass Pigeons
16. Orlando Voorn – Turn Left Here

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12108173_10156090745440065_7183621733017683521_n (1)“Hunch Music” has won the VPRO 3voor12 Award for best Dutch album of the year! It’s the first independent electronic music record winning this prize. Yesterday evening Hunee received his trophee in Amsterdam, a wonderful occasion that we felt deserves a special mailout.

Hunee’s debut album was nominated by the Dutch main indie-pop platform, next to the works of Dutch artists such as 2562, Fresku, John Coffey, Joris Voorn, and Ronnie Flex amongst others. The jury stated: “In the past eleven editions, the 3voor12 Award has had several winners, but never an electronic album. Reason for change. Hunch Music won, because it is refreshing and extraordinary musical. It is a complete ride, with changing moods, that keeps surprising. An album that is hard to categorize and is also easy to fall in love with, even when you don’t fully grasp everything yet.”

Hunee’s replied: “[…] Award shows are a funny thing. […] It’s never about wining – because every good track you’ve written, that’s your award! But receiving this award has a significance, in that it’s the first independent electronic music record winning it. So I do hope it is sign of a shift in dutch indie music industry, so all those brilliant and talented people writing beautiful electronic music in the Netherlands (like Legowelt, Young Marco, Juju&Jordash, San Proper and many others) will have many awards coming their way.”

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“Hunch Music” is out on LP/CD/digital

 

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Joy Orbison holding Musik For Autobahns 2

Gerd Janson’s wonderful Musik For Autobahns 2 is out now on 2LP, CD and digital formats! It is an imaginative collection of tracks by Joy Orbison, Leon Vynehall and Bicep amongst many others, inspired by long rides in ambient race cars!!

(Foto: Joy Orbison and his fresh copy at the Rush Hour store)

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MUSIK FOR AUTOBAHNS 2 (RHM 018) 

OUT NOW
Grab your copy at your favorite store near you
or order here:

LP + CD 

DIGITAL

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“Musik For Autobahns 2″ is a fresh and exclusive collection of music compiled by Gerd Janson and features tracks by Joy Orbison, Leon Vynehall, Bicep, Orlando Voorn, AKSK and many more…

“So, what awaits you on the second edition of a compilation that claims in a winking to present “ambient race car music”? Exactly what it says on the tin. A fresh and exclusive collection of music that hopefully sounds as great in a car as it will in the comfort zone of your own living-room or during dusk and dawn in your favorite club environment (see Bicep and Fort Romeau for further reference). But first and foremost it is truly inspired by many trips on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. Going to and from one club to the other, was the way to spend countless hours of adolescence in excitement instead of tedious purposelessness. But I will not bother you with droll stories of my youth.

Musik for Autobahns 2 is the result of a collective effort by dear friends and esteemed colleagues who picked up where the first one ended, while paying attention to the prevailing theme. From Leon Vynehall and his profound research of the BAB 5 to Joy Orbison’s “A 213” or Lauer’s heartfelt and wry Kraftwerk pastiche, all of the tracks have a certain compatibility in common or just sound great, while having a drive. “Breaking” by AKSK for instance made the stop-and-go traffic in the blazing heat of Los Angeles so much more bearable (the vintage Volvo helped as well). Also, you will meet freshmen like Orson Wells, whose idea of traveling exceeds the boundaries of our planet, next to a grey eminence like Orlando Voorn (on the compact disc edition of this at least) or elusive characters like Disco Nihilist. All bringing their special skills and imagination to the table.

Gute Fahrt,
Gerd Janson”

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V/a – Musik For Autobahns 2
(RHM 018)

Ambient Race Car Music
compiled by Gerd Janson

Musik For Autobahns

PRE-ORDER LP + CD
DIGITAL

Tracklist (CD):
1 Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road
2 Joy Orbison – A213
3 Fort Romeau – Seleno
4 Shan – Awakening
5 AKSK – Breaking
6 Conga Radio – 168 North
7 Orson Wells – Orbiting Jupiters
8 Orlando Voorn – Turn Left Here
9 Disco Nihilist – Melancholy
10 Lauer – Autofahrn
11 Bicep – Carmine

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Hunee Hunch Music

Hunee’s debut album is out now! We are happy to finally release the complete work: an amalgamation of different moods and influences. “Hunch Music” has become a surprising and seductive artistic chapter in Hun Choi’s the musical carrier.

As a DJ, Hunee manifested himself as a fine connoisseur of classic and contemporary music. Always smiling, he is determined to share every fine record he finds with the world. Over the past few years, Hunee the producer has put out some highly acclaimed EPs, but only a handful. The producer went quiet for a moment, but “Hunch Music” proves Hunee’s unstoppable character.

“Hunch Music” is rather special: it is a cinematic journey from the beginning to the end, with scenes we haven’t encountered before. It starts with “Woods” as the perfect introduction – a moody, mystic night haze that quickly changes into a warm and soothing whole. Following with “Crossroads”, the mystery transcends into something that moves us to the dance floor, and we’re not sure whether we want to keep moving or we just want to listen. “Hunch Music” has a nocturnal aura, an organic groove, and moments of glorious acid. It takes us up and throws us down, gently, while subjecting us to many cinematic and musical elements.

“Hunch Music” is available from RH’s store on LP and CD: http://bit.ly/HuneeHunchMusic

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HUNEE – HUNCH MUSIC (RHM 016)

Hunee Hunch Music

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DJ Deep:
So nice to hear Music as inspiring and positive as is Hunee, an amazing Dj, a great person and a dope producer!”

Kirk Degiorgio:
“One of the very best for real house music…”

Joe Muggs (Boiler Room/The Wire):
“Beautiful, beautiful record, soothing our souls on Monday morning in the office”

 

 

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James Mason’s “The Dance Of Life” is out now! Over three decades after “Rhythm Of Life”, James Mason rediscovered tapes with more recordings from the same late seventies period. “The Dance Of Life” (ft. Bernard Purdie on drums and Fonda Rae on backing vocals) and “Up Jump” are the first two tracks taken from the “Recollection Echo” album that Rush Hour are very proud to release on vinyl.

James Mason only made one album, that got acclaim years after it’s release. “Rhythm Of Life” became a soul-jazz cult classic, recorded in around 1978/79 with musicians such as Narada Michael Walden and Gene Torres, and featuring Clarice Taylor’s beautiful, characteristic vocals. The multi-instrumentalist recorded far more tracks around the release of “Rhythm Of Life”, but his music became out of fashion because musical trends shifted. Another album never arrived, and the recordings ended up in a box. Today the release of James Mason’s second album is finally set, and will be an collection of these forgotten tracks.

Because little remains known about his career after the release of his debut album, we had a few questions that we were lucky enough to ask. During two Skype sessions Mason happily shed some light on his early life as a musician, shared his feelings about the music he produced during his creative peak in the late seventies and early eighties and painted a frustration picture about the music industry he faced during that time.

The extensive interview will be published in our third printed House Of Music magazine, please find the introduction below…

In 1977 you had become a successful guitar player as a part of Roy Ayers’ band. How did you manage to get all those great musicians for “Rhythm Of Life” ? You’ve got a star line up there!

I had met Narada Michael Walden (drums) through Carlos Santana, because we opened for him one night with Roy Ayers’ band. Clarice Taylor (lead vocals) was recommended to me by a good friend, Gene Torres (bass) I met at a random gig and I had been playing together with Justo Almario (saxophone) for almost a year. When I asked all of these people to come into the studio to record for me, they were gracious enough to do so.

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James Mason around the time
he recorded “Rhythm Of Life”

Despite the growth of appreciation for your first album over time, it can be considered a commercial failure when it was released. How come?

Basically I fell in between two categories: the jazz radio stations wouldn’t play my music because it was too funky and the R&B stations wouldn’t play it because it was too jazzy… I guess the business didn’t want me. I didn’t have the credentials nor the resume for a second record deal… One thing I have to thank the people of Chiarioscuro for, is that they weren’t like the rest of the music business. They gave me the smallest possible budget for “Rhythm Of Life”, but they didn’t tell me anything and stayed out of my way – that’s pretty much the only time that ever happened.

The track “Night Gruv” has attracted a lot of house and techno DJs to your music. How did that track come about? 

“Night Gruv” was a kind of exercise. I had a student who was particularly skilled and had one of the first really elaborate home studios. Yamaha used to make a pretty sophisticated console that was modular: it had moving faders and everything else was virtual, it was like a mini Solid State logic board. He had four of those and wanted to learn how to use them a little better, so I brought my gear down to his studio and we produced the track there…

Interview: Roel de Boer

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JAMES MASON – THE DANCE OF LIFE
(RH RSS 17)

James Mason - The Dance Of Life

1 The Dance Of Life 
2 Up Jump
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After over two decades of Prescription, Ron Trent looks back on his musical journey, shifting through the releases to capture the essence of Prescription’s legacy.  The Chicagoan started Prescription together with Chez Damier from Detroit, and the label’s innovative discography became a landmark in house music.

Rush Hour spoke to Ron Trent extensively. As time went on the label changed, the sound changed. Sometimes the material that we picked up from other people changed as well. So we are aiming to secure the essence of Prescription, what it used to be and what it still is”, says Trent.  This trailer introduces the project, an extensive video interview with Ron Trent will be the follow up.

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Ron Trent presents Prescription : Word, Sound & Power
RH RSS 020
Release: autumn / winter 2015

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Video

Director: Bernie van Vlijmen
Story: Mijke Hurkx
Camera: Noel Schoolderman and Bernie van Vlijmen
Edit: Bernie van Vlijmen
Sound mix: Paul Gabriels
Color grading: Bernie van Vlijmen
Production: Mijke Hurkx

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