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This player previews Jordan GCZ’s three tracker Pinball Lizard. High Scoring EP from one of the hardest working producers we know.  Out now!

Flippers At The Ready! The A-side is a pacey affair – a multi-ball dancefloor battle against the Grand Lizard. The two equally Neon treasures on the B side were recorded at the gear-laden Worm studio, Rotterdam in 2017. This is another cracking solo outing from the Ju Ju & Jordash/ Magic Mountain High linchpin.

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Tracklist:
1. Pinball Lizard
2. Yellow Jackets Descend
3. Minor 7 Resin

Video Processing & Editing by: Hiro Ikematsu

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This player previews Masalo – New Dance (RH-store jams012)
Release: February 2019

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Upcoming Amsterdam DJ /producer debuts on Rush Hour with a loud 12-inch two-tracker, New Dance. After his remix for Bassekou Kouyate on Joe Claussell’s label and the strong “Testify” track co-produced with Jamie 3:26, he now goes solo with these two Italo infused dance floor igniters.

TRACKLIST
1. New Dance
2. Cycles

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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: November 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 two hours 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 5th album by the nine-piece instrumental collective from Amsterdam, Jungle By Night. Due out on Rush Hour’s New Dawn label. release: November 12th, 2018

JUNGLE BY NIGHT – LIVINGSTONE
LABEL: NEW DAWN
CAT NO: ND 003

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After almost a decade of heating up dancefloors across the globe, Jungle by Night have reached manhood. In the process of creating their 5th album, the nine-headed collective melted years of passion, friendship, and influences from krautrock, dance, jazz, afrobeat together into new instrumental prose, fluently speaking the language of their instruments.

The band is an oddball ensemble within its own cosmos. A danceable and thundering live-act that connects with crowds like no other, with beaming fun and energy along the way.

TRACKLIST:
1. Jungle By Night – Hangmat
2. Jungle By Night – Pompette
3. Jungle By Night – Ja Precis
4. Jungle By Night – Love Boat
5. Jungle By Night – Stormvogel
6. Jungle By Night – Hurn In Bell
7. Jungle By Night – Spectacles Part 1
8. Jungle By Night – Spectacles Part 2
9. Jungle By Night – The Fog
10. Jungle By Night – Spending Week
11. Jungle By Night – Café Crème

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This player previews the next addition to RH’s reissue series; a split release, by Les Choc Stars and Teknokrat’s. Heat in two flavors! Check out the Zaïrian electronic dance floor banger “Nakombe Nga” and the dope, unheard Belgium new beat version on the flip… Co-curated with renowned record fiend John Gomez. Release: Fall 2018

The music on this winning double-sider was written by Tony Baron and Gery François, two Belgian producers that were involved in several musical projects on the New Beat scene in the 1980s. They worked under many aliases and recorded the Teknokrat’s haunting “What Did She Say?” at the famous Studio Madeleine in Brussels in 1989. Prompted by Jean Martin from Espera Records, Baron adapted the music into a further two songs to be released that year, Virginity’s melancholic “The Key”, and the surprising but ear catching collaboration with the label’s soukous stars, Ben Nyamabo’s Les Choc Stars Du Zaire. It is still a mystery how the seeds were planted for the one-off pairing that culminated in the electronic soukous bomb “Nakombe Nga”. What is certain is that it is set to light up dancefloors worldwide.

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Tracklist:
Les Choc Stars du Zaïre – Nakombe Nga
Teknokrat’s – What Did She Say

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Ron Trent meets Skymark! Two masterminds at work. This player previews Skymark – Find A Place In This Crazy World (RHM 028). 

The organic meets the electronic – musician meets machine. Pressed Loud For Optimum DJ Play. Summer is happening…  

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Ron Trent takes on the mighty Skymark original, and elevates the listener to a whole other place like only he can. Trent treats us to one his deepest, dubbiest jams to date – embracing the strength of the song while interweaving his own rhythm throughout.

The original track, here on the flip, featured on Skymark’s 2015 ‘Wave From The Nucleus’ LP- a beautiful song from the sun-kissed Swiss musician and producer who resided in Rio de Janeiro for many years, and now in Barcelona.

A real meeting of minds – both artists express their love for the deep and organic, incorporating Brazilian sounds, gospel, disco, jazz and soul in their music. Their similar, detailed approach and ideology blend perfectly on this 12” release.

TRACKLIST
1 Find A Place In This Crazy World (Ron Trent Mix)
2 Find A Place In This Crazy World (2015 Original Version)

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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. The repress is available on June 29th as a 2LP (RHMC 001N).

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.

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Tracklist 3LP:
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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Tracklist 2LP:
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)

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

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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

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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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