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Rick Wilhite delivers the second Vibes New & Rare Music on Rush Hour. As a DJ and promoter Wilhite has been holding it down for over twenty years and his Vibes New & Rare music record store has been a main source in Detroit for soulful electronic music. Despite of the fact that the store closed, The Godfather keeps delivering quality music through his own music, his compilations and DJ sets.

The Vibes New & Rare music compilation, in particular, is a compilation that only features music that Rick Wilhite thinks is really speaking for the artists. After releasing Part 1 in 2010, Wilhite offers the sequel. Part 2 includes pioneers and new talents from New York, Chicago and Detroit. We asked the Wilhite about his selection, about Vibes and the Detroit music scene.

How did this compilation arise?
The compilation itself represents Vibes and the people that represented the store. People like label artists who bought records. The cuts I have selected for the compilation are not available anywhere else. Some of the cuts were given to me personally, for me to keep. Or to give it a head nod. Like, yes this could go out. I got some of the other cuts from personal friends, to represent the vibe. Each cut on the compilation has the representation of who the artist is and what he really likes to put out.

Moodymann, Jovonn, K-Alexi just to name a few… Vibes – New & Rare music features a lot of pioneers, but also new, upcoming artists. Can you introduce us to a new talent whose track you have selected?
Yes, I like to tell something about Jon Easly from Detroit. He wrote Lemon Lime and gave it to me a while ago. Easley is an artist that wanted to put out music for a long time, he has been a DJ for decades. I’ve put out one of his tracks on an earlier compilation, but this particular track I specifically wanted to be on Vibes, because I feel that this really represents him and the style of music he wants to do. The same for the K-Alexi track, called Head Banger. I’ve had it for a while… I didn’t want to put it on other compilations. You see… the Vibes compilation is something different. The music fits the artist, that’s most important. This K-Alexi is more of his deeper inner soul compared to the stuff that he has put out lately. True K-Alexi style… Vintage style I would say haha.

You have been around for a long time. If you compare today’s music scene in Detroit to the scene when you started, what has mostly changed?
We always involve in different things… But in the end we just do what we do. There are different types of things we get into. There are a lot of big birthday parties around here that we are used to play at. Well, talking about parties, the techno side of it might dwindle a little bit, but on the house end and any other type of music, it’s going strong. Every week, in the middle of the week as well, there are private parties given. That is what Detroit is about. There is always somebody giving something you wanna go to. Every week.

Detroit. The city that represents artists that have been doing their thing consistently from the very beginning, and are still going strong after so many years. How is that possible?
Yeah, most of our artists and labels have maintained the same groove. Talking about labels like Sound Signature, Mahogany, Unirhythm, Moods & Grooves, for instance, keep going.  And Transmat, they are putting out new stuff again. I saw the Karim Sahraoui release, that is a really nice release for Transmat, to respark what they were known for. A good release that I believe will make a lot of noise. Just the fact that we try to promote the music as well here in the city, more so than relying on magazines or different websites in order to promote or market, we try to give free parties or release parties. It’s like, having your people come together for the music in your city is different than doing it in other cities.  We just take our cars and drive down the street, you know… hahaha.

Rick Wilhite at his Vibes record store

Could you tell us a bit more about Vibes? For instance, could you give an example of how you and your store contributed to the music scene in Detroit?
I think I’ve been a reliable source to unknown music. Any type of electronic music. Hip-hop as well. It is unknown and the main key to promoting new music is that you need to have the right curator. It is impossible to have everything at your record store. So the selection tells what you represent. There is so much to discover, but a lot pleople just like to be advised. The more knowledge you have of the music in your store, the more business you get from people who trust you. I think it was just a place where people could meet. I had four different stores, I started out big and became smaller, I cut down on a lot of genres. I could have had a big store, but it is hard. So I decided to limit it to very rare stuff, little copies, but absolute must haves.

Since Vibes closed its doors, you continued to select music, now for your compilations… Have you thought of opening another record shop in the near future?
Ahh, I think about it every day… Because of legal issues I had to close, it wasn’t my choice. The building was closing. If I restart again I woundn’t do it alone anymore… So there is always a possibility it might happen again.


Like to purchase Vibes New & Rare Music Part 2?
This is part 1 in a 2 volume album.
and
This is part 2 in a 2 volume album.

Tracklist:

VIBES 2 prt 1 2*LP

A1 – JOSH MILAN – ELECTRO DREAMS
A2 – JON EASLEY – LEMON LIME
B1 – JOVONN – RUFF
B2 – NORM TALLEY & RICK WILHITE – 30 YEARS LATER
C1 – TJ DUMAS – GIN GIMLET 3 CHERRIES
C2 – SEAN TATE – A MATTER OF PAIN
D1 – K-ALEXI – I AM N LUST
VIBES 2 prt 2 2*LP

A1 – MOODYMANN – MOMMA
A2 – SEAN TATE – A MATTER OF HONOR (WILHITE REMIX)
B1 – LOS HERMANOS – IT’S THE FUTURE
B2 – DJ STINGRAY – TEMPORARY BOND
C1 – TJ DUMAS & RAYBONE JONES – RUNNIN 2 U
C2 – RICK & CALVIN – MEMORIES ANALIA
D1 – ORLANDO VOORN – THE RECIPE
D2 – K-ALEXI – HEAD BANGER

 

 

 

 

 

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Full reissue of the classic track ‘On & On’ by Jesse  Saunders, considered by many as the first house track. Backed with the original rhythm tracks!

This month we will be releasing a reissue of the classic track “On & On” (1984) by Jesse Saunders.
Some consider this might be one of the first house tracks ever made. The suite of drum tracks he created – raw, analogue rhythms, full of repetitive synthesized handclaps and cowbells – became a staple in his sets, through his use of the drum machine (the TR 808) at the Playground. Inadvertently, they also became the blueprint for house music as we know it today.

On its release in January 1984, “On and On” would become a huge hit on the Chicago
scene, inspiring other local DJs and musicians to make their own house music. Listen
carefully to many early house records, and you can still hear the influence of Saunders’ brutal “808” programming. Back in 2013, remastered by Saunders from the original master tapes, this 12” includes all the tracks from the Je-Say release – including the drum tracks that changed the course of musical history.
Now, thanks to the remaster, they’re sounding more powerful than ever.

 

Dan Curtin (Metamorphic) (Berlin) wrote:
“so much better to hear this in this quality, makes it even more timeless, awesome…thanks for the great re-issue!”

 

DJ SNEAK wrote:
“amazing classics. bless house music forever.”

 

Trus’Me (TrusMe) (Manchester) wrote:
“Solid x 6  for each track.”

 

Dj Simbad wrote:

“Drum Machine House Heaven  thnx for re-issuing this !!”

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Gerd Janson compiles an exciting ambient-not-ambient compilation that includes exclusive tracks by Âme, Move D, Quiet Village Marco Passarani, Roman Flügel and Tom Trago.

Musik for Autobahns is the result of asking Gerd Janson for a collection that starts where previous efforts left off.

While Computer Incarnations for World Peace (his compilations for Sonar Kollektiv) concentrated on tipsy new wave music done by jazz-funkers or neo disco-ists, Autobahns has an unintentionally strong leaning towards ambient-not-ambient, kraut pleasers and codeine house, i.e. Industrial Ambient and Electrifying New Age.

It’s all new and exclusive material by people who once or twice crossed paths with the compiler.

You will hear Âme with their modular slambient concept sitting next to Amsterdam’s Tom Trago off peak time duties, Roman Flügel with an old DAT tape wunderkind that shares a side with Heidelberg’s very own Move D in love, outsider dance from CF & Daywalker alias Entro Senestre and Willie Burns as well as a greasy sounding Marco Passarani and finally Tensnake’s romantic pop appeal that is a counterpoint to Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village) and their “Passion” for all beauties that lie beyond.

This sometimes unlikely gathering is hopefully unified by its non-parochial view of dance- and living-room floors, ambient noise and its effectiveness as a soundtrack to long rides up and down the Autobahn.

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Without revealing too much, this tasty sampler is a prequel to some very nice things ahead. For now, we can treat you to two Music Box inspired edit tracks. … TIP!

First up is Derrick May’s edit of Let No Man Put Us Under. An edit that he did in the late 80s, which was directly inspired by his trips to the Muzic Box, where he would hear Ron Hardy play the song. The edit only existed on an acetate, from which this recording was made, and marks a remarkable moment in dance music. One which marks the direct influence that Chicago had on Detroit dance music. Such a landmark piece, with the reverse parts edited in. Amazing stuff!

On the flip we find a track from another child of the Box, Gene Hunt. ‘Sound Drome’ is an amazing building drum track that totals over 13 minutes (a shorter version was released on White Owl on his Maad release). This version takes direct influence from the Muzic Box and Ron Hardy with the acapella intro that Ron used to play as well. The real insanity starts 8 minutes into the track when the tempo is pitched down (and then back up). The kind of madness that only Ron would create on the dance floor. Turn the lights down low!

Essential stuff!

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Gerd Janson compiles an exciting ambient-not-ambient compilation that includes exclusive tracks by Âme, Move D, Quiet Village Marco Passarani, Roman Flügel and Tom Trago.

Musik for Autobahns is the result of asking Gerd Janson for a collection that starts where previous efforts left off.

While Computer Incarnations for World Peace (his compilations for Sonar Kollektiv) concentrated on tipsy new wave music done by jazz-funkers or neo disco-ists, Autobahns has an unintentionally strong leaning towards ambient-not-ambient, kraut pleasers and codeine house, i.e. Industrial Ambient and Electrifying New Age.

It’s all new and exclusive material by people who once or twice crossed paths with the compiler.
You will hear Âme with their modular slambient concept sitting next to Amsterdam’s Tom Trago off peak time duties, Roman Flügel with an old DAT tape wunderkind that shares a side with Heidelberg’s very own Move D in love, outsider dance from CF & Daywalker alias Entro Senestre and Willie Burns as well as a greasy sounding Marco Passarani and finally Tensnake’s romantic pop appeal that is a counterpoint to Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village) and their “Passion” for all beauties that lie beyond.

This sometimes unlikely gathering is hopefully unified by its non-parochial view of dance- and living-room floors, ambient noise and its effectiveness as a soundtrack to long rides up and down
the Autobahn.

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This compilation holds 21 of the best tracks Rush Hour has put out in 2012. Includes music by, Âme, Braiden, Carl Craig, Boo Williams, Elbee Bad, James Mason, KiNK, Recloose, San Proper, Tom Trago and many more.

Rush Hour continues to serve up a combination of the best electronic music from around the world, both new and old.

On the new front, Rush Hour offers music by Braiden, Fudges Fingas from the UK. Overlast, San Proper, Simon Weiss & Tom Trago hold it down for Amsterdam, Bo Willams represents Chicago and KiNK does the same for Bulgaria and Policy for NYC. The list goes on..

There were quite some scoops on the reissue front as well. The re-release of James Mason’s proto-house track ‘NightGruv’ caused quite a stir, as did the reissue of the Dream 2 Science album, which is the brainchild of Newcleus’ Ben Cenac, who is also responsible for Sha-lor’s ‘I’m In Love’.

Other highlights were two early NYC house compilations. One by The Burrell Brothers, represented here with tracks under Metro and Equation, and the other by Elbee Bad, who is also featured on this best of with two tracks.

To top things off, there is an exclusive, new track by Âme which is taken from an upcoming compilation called Musik for Autobahns, which is compiled by Gerd Janson and will be available soon.

Digital Only

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Andres and The Oliverwho Factory on remix duties and Recloose delivers a new club bomb!

Recloose has been putting out some choice music over the past few years on Rush Hour. To celebrate this, we asked fellow Detroiters Andres and The Oliverwho Factory to remix some of his material. Recloose got so excited with the outcome the he through in a new original track as well.

Andres remixes ‘Electric Sunshine’, which originally appeared on the Saturday Night Manifesto EP in 2011, into a laid back and smooth house track for which Dez is so well known.

The Oliverwho Factory touches up Magic, which came out earlier this year. They roughed up the original version into their signature tough, yet soulful Factory sound, complete with new vocals.

Recloose swings back into party mode with his new track, ‘Chamois’. Its fun times all around here!

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Four exclusive tracks from Elbee Bad that conclude the True Story of House music compilation on Rush Hour.

Following the recent Elbee Bad compilation, we bring you four more tracks that were not included on the album. This EP showcases tracks that he produced for and/or with other artists. More classic stuff that was released on some of the leading NYC house labels at the time. Keith, Kat & Blondie for Nu Groove, Lord KCB for Easy Street and The Wizard & The Prince for City Limits.

This release again shows the early house mastery of Elbee Bad as well as his diversity. The Keith, Kat & Blondie shows his deep, eerie side, his freestyle vibe on The Wizard & The Prince track (which became an early UK warehouse/breakbeat hit) and his hip hop roots on the Lord KCB track.

Again, a fine example of the formative years of NYC house music. Unmissable!

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After two single releases for Rush Hour, Policy now returns to the label with his debut album, ‘Everything Hits’.

With ‘Everything Hits’ the New York based producer delivers an abundant electronic album with a rich variety of sound and arrangement that creates for an entertaining listening experience.

Policy’s background is in film and we can definitely hear that influence in his music. The cinematic feel is present throughout the whole album and together with his influences taken from jazz in particular it creates his signature sound.
A very exciting one, we might add.

The twelve tracks total a cool fifty two minutes. A compact, but timeless album that never bores and comes to its full right when listened to from start to finish.

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The exotic Xosar and nerdistic Legowelt have teamed up to created some serious Ghosthaus slam dance!

With their never-ending collection of machines, the pair produces a hot three-track dreamland techno-house EP in a future-classic fashion.

Music to jack to loudly while closing your eyes softly.

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A very limited sampler to the upcoming album Music For Autobahns which is compiled by Gerd Janson and can be described as a collection of ambient-not-ambient tracks.

An exciting album that will include exclusive tracks by Quiet Village, Move D, Tom Trago, Tensnake, Roman Flügel, Marco Passarani, Young Marco, Marcus Worgull & Motor City Ensemble.

And then there is this new Âme track that is featured on this sampler. We dare saying one of their best, most daring and interesting track they ever put out. A true modern electronic classic. Act quick if you want it on 12″.

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Constantly mutating and branching out, Braiden is at the pinnacle of bass music coming out of London. As one of its most able DJs, he employs an amalgam of sophisticated techniques and a selective imagination which takes in everything from sumptuous house to the most developed bass music, stopping by future garage, UK funky, juke and unpredictable techno on the way.
Braiden rose to fame as one of the regular Dj’s on Rinse FM. As a producer he has kept a lower profile, having had only one release on the now defunct Doldrums (Joy Orbison’s first label) in 2010. He has also remixed SBTRKT and Jacques Greene in subsequent years.

Rush Hour is proud to release his 2nd single to date. One where he shows his musical versatility. ‘Belfry Tower’ is a tough, dark and upfront house track, yet seeping with enough 21st century soul to make it stick. On the flip we find ‘Paganini’, a rhodes laden and percussive driven piece that builds around a seductive female vocal. A mellowed out track with enough drive to keep the energy floating.

Braiden succeeds in bringing together technical and soulful elements and making it work.

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