Rush Hour is moving!

Rush Hour are moving! After 17 years at the current location, it is time for a next step. We’re expanding our playground with more new and second hand records, plus room for new activities. To celebrate this transformation, a 3-day opening weekender with Dego’s 2000black Family (live), Volcov, Margie, Beau Wanzer (live), Mick Wills, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman, Lee Collins and Sadar Bahar will be the kick-off!

The new location is only a stones throw away from the old store and that’s pure luck. „We wanted to move for a while, but it wasn’t easy to find something suitable. We even checked for buildings in the outskirts. To find such a beautiful space in the same street is quite unreal to us”, says Antal. The new home opens in April at the Spuistraat 116. „It all goes pretty fast… I can’t wait until the opening, to party with our friends and artists to celebrate this next step.”

The Store Opening Weekender takes place at RH’s home base OT 301 and consists of a Friday and Saturday night, plus a Sunday evening (with food, like at Somewhere In Amsterdam). There will be day tickets and a limited amount of passe-partouts available, online as well as hardcopies at the Rush Hour store.

Kicking off on Friday night in collaboration with Sounds Familiar. Dego’s 2000black band bless us with a performance, playing their unique electronic jazz and UK boogie grooves live! Long time avid music collector Volcov and Margie are joining as the cherry on top… Dancers, don’t sleep!

Dego and the 2000Black Family (live)

Interstellar Funk and Robert Bergman invite Mick Wills and Beau Wanzer for an adventurous, rattling, Chicago infused Saturday night. The DJs are avid record collectors, so we’re sure to hear lots of surprises.

Beau Wanzer (live)
Mick Wills
Robert Bergman
Interstellar Funk

We’re very happy to have Soul In The Hole’s Sadar Bahar and Lee Collins together for the Sunday! The two veterans team up to throw more underplayed funk, jazz and soul infused disco and house music on the dancefloor. Like Sadar, Lee Collins has been one of Chicago’s musical pillars since the heydays. Sadar Bahar needs little introduction, we’re overjoyed to have him back at the decks for another great Sunday jam!!

Soul In The Hole
Sadar Bahar
Lee Collins (Music Box – Chicago)

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Soichi Terada North America tour

Soichi Terada tours North America this month!

February 5th – Warehouse, LA
February 6th – F8, Sure Thing, San Francisco
February 13th – Dionysus Disco, The Oberlin ‘Sco Oberlin
February 14th – Cabal, Toronto
February 16th – Le Salon Daomé, Montreal
February 19th – Warehouse, NYC
February 20th – Smart Bar Chicago

More details & tickets here

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After touring in Europe, it is time for Rush Hour to join Soichi Terada in Japan. Antal, Soichi and Hunee are heading over to Tokyo for a Rush Hour night at Club Air this Tuesday. In anticipation of the night, we spoke to director Yuya Yonezawa, who has been involved in Air from the start.

Can you please introduce Club AIR, what it offers the Tokyo clubbing scene?
The role of Air in Tokyo club scene… it must be different for each person.
We’ve been trying to express our ideas and music, trying out what we could do with the size of the club in the particular area we’re in. Air has room for 500 people and the club is located in busy Shibuya, but then in a quiet area. We’ve programmed a very wide range of music and culture, going from more mainstream to underground artists.


Every club has its own spirit, how would you describe the character of Air?
It depends on the DJs or parties on the night, but the crowd is mostly really into music, and that varies from house to techno, jazz to hip hop. Sometimes Japanese pop artists have played here, so that attracts more of the hipsters, fashion conscious people, and we have Otaku people too. Obviously, EDM and top 40 kind of major dance music is really big in Tokyo too, but we don’t do EDM parties so often, so we haven’t got those young kids who like EDM. There are many clubs in Tokyo but in fact, not so many big clubs are hosting house or techno events these days, that’s one of the reason that people who like to dance to house/techno come to our club.

There used to be a dancing ban in Japan, how did that affect Air?
We don’t know if this is the hardest time for us or not, we’ve been doing this business for 14 years under the “Fueiho”, that’s the entertainment business control law. What we always have to be aware of is not to cause trouble, not to bother neighbors.


This is not the first time you have Rush Hour artists over at Air, how were these nights for you guys?
Tom Trago and San Proper were our guests before, that was really nice, I think they really enjoyed the time at Air. Especially Tom came to dance with his friends during his Tokyo stay, they really love music… San was in Japan for the Rainbow Disco Club festival and helped us here by replacing Frank Wiedemann from Ame. Everyone got drunk with him on that night, it was a very fun night. We’re looking forward to having Antal, Soichi Terada and Hunee over!

MORE INFO | Rush Hour @ Air, Tokyo | Dec 22, 2015

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Rush Hour go to Japan for two label nights! Soichi Terada, Hunee and Antal are heading over to Air, Tokyo and Troopcafe, Kobe this week!


 After touring Europe, it is now time to play with Soichi Terada in Japan…

INFO | Rush Hour @ Troopcafe, Kobe | Dec 20

INFO | Rush Hour @ Air, Tokyo | Dec 22



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Rush Hour in FranceRush Hour go to France! The label visit the cities of Paris and Bordeaux, accompanied by Ron Trent, Hunee, Antal, San Proper, Volcov, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman and Leon Vynehall. Soichi Terada will join on Paris’ biggest party boat called Concrete. Rush Hour started hosting annual nights at Concrete in 2012 and it has always been a huge pleasure. Time to learn more about Paris and the Concrete crew, so we asked promoter Brice Coudert a few questions.

Why a boat?
Because it’s floating on the water? :) Actually it’s not a boat but a barge, so it’s quite huge and it can’t move on the water by itself. We chose that location, because it definitely got something really special and different that any other clubs I’ve ever experienced. The dance floor is very long with a low ceiling, so all the energy is very packed, something you can really feel at peak time.

We are also in a quite calm area of Paris, so the good thing is we are not disturbing anyone with our house and techno music. Except maybe the fishes. I hope they dance to the music as well.

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How is clubbing and underground dance in Paris these days?
In 4 or 5 years it has become quite crazy. Every weekend there are a lot of parties happening everywhere in the city, with very interesting line ups. All of them are packed and have an intense vibe. People really jumped on that clubbing culture, and are really passionate about it. I don’t know how many Facebook groups there are nowadays, where French people share track IDs. And record shops are packed every Saturday afternoon as well…

But most of all, it is very interesting to see how many new young talents are emerging right now. I hope this is not just a hype, but I think everything is proving it’s not only that.

There have been several Rush Hour label nights at Concrete, how were these for you guys?
One of the first label events we organized was with Rush Hour. The label has always had a big influence on me, because I always loved the way in which they were able to release any kind of genre and the way they remained attached to Chicago and Detroit. It was important for us to promote such a label, as Rush Hour carry out the exact kind of values I wanted to promote in Paris with Concrete. Im also very connected with a lot of people in Amsterdam and i really love the Dutch scene, so it just made sense to go for it.

I can say that every Rush Hour event at Concrete contains the same ingredients: a wide scale of musical genres, a lot of fun on the dance floor and in the DJ booth, and an abnormal amount of Dutch people in the club.

It’s gonna be the 5th RH party at Concrete, and I really can’t wait for it. For sure I wont work on that day. ;)


Rush Hour @ Concrete, Paris: rsvp & info

Rush Hour @ IBoat, Bordeaux: rsvp & info

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This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event was a blast! RH had quite a packed roster and some exclusive records in store throughout the week. Check out the photo report by Rob Thijs.


The last in-store of the week was a big blast! Orlando Voorn mixing faster than his own shadow and Suzanne Kraft and Gerd Janson taking over for a back to back session.

Orlando Voorn in the Rush hour store

Gerd Janson and Suzanne Kraft in the Rush hour store

Gerd Janson in the Rush hour storeSuzanne Kraft in the Rush hour store
Orlando Voorn in the Rush hour store


Ron Trent took us to 80ties NYC, back and beyond with his firing set in the store yesterday. We thought we couldn’t get any more heat inside, but we were wrong. His set was a great tease for Saturday’s Rush Hour x LIES x Banlieue event at Club Radion.

Rush Hour instore w/ Ron Trent

Rush Hour instore w/ Ron Trent

Rush Hour instore w/ Ron Trent

Rush Hour instore w/ Ron Trent


We were very spoiled again… Four protagonists came down for a spin: Joy Orbison, Four Tet (with his 45s), Ben UFO and Pearson Sound. Together they played a super diverse set, taking it from ebm to digital reggae, playing a diverse set in between.

Rush hour in store






We are super happy to announce that we have one of the best house producers in the world at the Rush Hour store on ADE’s Wednesday. From 19hr-21hr, Louie Vega presents cuts from his new album, that is due in February 2016.

“Louie Vega Starring …” is due in 2016 and features over 25 tracks. The NYC house legend pressed a selection on acetates, especially for a series of sneak previews around the world. Two tracks landed on a special limited pre-release starring Jocelyn Brown and Monique Bingham, signed by the Master At Work and sold during his in-store.

Louie Vega

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We are exited for this year’s ADE! RH have quite a packed events roster, all info is included below. Also, come by our record store! We’ve got DJs over, spinning records and we have some exclusive records throughout the week.

For this year’s ADE we team up with L.I.E.S. and the Amsterdam based Banlieue crew for our single label night in 2015! Together we’ve put together a suitable – extensive -line-up for the occasion. It will be one not to miss…

On ADE’s Sunday we’re back at OT301 for the next Somewhere In Amsterdam. Taking it to another direction this time… w/ Mark Ernestus (Ndagga/Hardwax) and DJ Nobu (Future Terror)

It has become a tradition, four ADE in-stores. Like previous years, from Wednesday till Saturday we’ll kick off the long musical nights at our record shop at 7 pm. Every day we’ll have guest DJs from all over the world spinning records… Can’t come by? We’re streaming too! Check

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Soichi Terada plays his “Sounds From The Far East” compilation live in Europe this fall!! After over 20 years, the Japanese house pioneer will present his classics live in London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam in October and November.

Terada’s tour will be part of a series of Rush Hour nights, where he will play along with Ron Trent, Hunee, Antal, San Proper, Volcov, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman and Leon Vynehall. It is a great honor to have him over!

Soichi Terada founded Far East Recording in 1989. His take on US house/ garage and gained love from New York’s greats like Larry Levan, who made Terada’s „Sun Shower” into a Paradise Garage gem. But over the years, the releases remained limited and various releases became chased after by many house heads that were into his eccentric eastern lush house-sound. The “Sounds From The Far East” compilation on Rush Hour meant a true revival of his music in 2015.

Compiled by Hunee, “Sounds From The Far East” 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 “Low Tension” by Terada & Manabu Nagayama.



RUSH HOUR x L.I.E.S. x BANLIEUE | 17 – 10





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Rush Hour’s Young Marco, San Proper and Antal are packing up for a trip in Japan. It’s is going to be a very exiting week with the Rainbow Disco Club festival ahead of us, and a show with Soichi Terada in Kobe plus digging stops… Anticipated as we are, we will drop as much Japanese updates as possible via our RH platforms. Updates about Japanese gems, the tour and the shows, starting out with a ‘Favorites From Japan’ playlist… Stay tuned!

Favorites From Japan
This trip is a good reason to recollect our Japanese favorites in an ever expanding Youtube playlist… Let’s highlight a short selection from that list here.

This masterpiece gets a repress soon!! “Philarmony” is an avant-garde solo project from Japanese electronic music maestro Haruomi Hosono, founder of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Originally released in 1982 on his own Yen label, the LP features experimental, boundary-pushing and schizophrenic compositions, veering from wildly abstract beauties to tight and funky dance floor fillers. It is a mesmerizing wander through the sonic genius of Japan’s legendary musical innovator.

‘Butterfly’ is a wonderful and very rare 1979 LP by Japanese songstress Kimiko Kasai and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Inspired performances from Kimiko herself as well as the supremely talented band of musicians Hancock united for the project, including master drummer Alphonse Mouzon and renowned organist Webster Lewis.

This beautiful track is taken from “Ryo”, released in 1982. The Japanese jazz guitarist was a musician for the band Tarika Blue, to name another favorite of ours. Kawasaki is best known as one of the first musicians to develop and popularise the fusion genre and for helping to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg.

This otherworldly electronic track is also from a Yellow Magic Orchestra member. “Riot In Lagos” by Sakamoto was firstly released in 1980 on Island Records. The Japanese musician from Tokyo was also an actor. He played a role in, and composed music for the award winning Bernardo Bertolucci movie The Last Emperor.

Rainbow Disco ClubThe green fields where the Rainbow Disco club festival is taking place…

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House Of Music - Sadar BaharAfter RH’s second House Of Music magazine, it is now time to start working on a third one. We are so pleased that disco king Sadar Bahar is coming back to Somewhere In Amsterdam to play more fantastic hidden gems from his huge record collection. Reason enough for us to share Bahar’s story that we featured in the second HOM edition.


Theo Parrish calls him one of the best American DJs around. His record collection is as large as it is famed. And because of the ‘Soul in the Hole’ compilation he did over a year ago, Sadar Bahar made quite a few new friends. Despite of all this, the endearing American has been struggling for years. “Chicago is a gangster city. Throwing parties is a huge challenge, but I have to do it.”

If you ever witnessed a DJ-set by Sadar Bahar, you know the crowd indulges in his great vibes. That happened at a Somewhere in Amsterdam party (regularly thrown by Rush Hour), at s sold out Lowlands festival or in the dampy caves of a former train station in Rotterdam. His sets of obscure disco, boogie and shreds of gospel usually win everybody over. Many fans even compare it to a spiritual experience. A few hours of dancing to Bahar’s history lesson leaves you with a huge smile on your face, a sweaty back and many new friends. Sadar Bahar is one of those DJs who bring pure joy to people.

For Bahar joy comes in a record sleeve: vinyl. He doesn’t play anything else. CD’s don’t interest him. Memory sticks and mp3’s even less so. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, he smiles. “When you’re behind your computer downloading music files you simply do not feel the same excitement as when you dig out a record.”

Treasure Hunting

Vinyl. Even Sadar Bahar’s dreams are captured in grooves. The record collection of the American DJ is so extensive; his own house is not enough to stack it all. Even his mother’s basement is filled with records. He confesses he sometimes owns as many as nine copies of a single release. “I know, even for me that’s pushing it, haha.” Wherever Bahar travels, he always pays a visit to the local record stores. Dusty old shops with boxes scattered all around are the best, he knows. “That’s where you can still find the gems “, he claims. Places where not even the owner remembers what he has in store anymore. Kneel down and wear out your jeans for hours on end, going through all those bins. It’s paradise, according to Bahar. No wonder he is looking forward to visiting the Netherlands again. “I always end up missing the record fair in Utrecht, but not this year”, he says, beaming.

Bahar has been specializing in singles lately. 7inches. He noticed the sources running dry. It’s now or never. “A while ago I drove for hours to visit a shop where I used to be a regular back in the days. When I finally arrived, a sign said ‘no disco’. Turns out the whole collection had been bought up by Japanese collectors.”

Later, when Bahar went to Japan for a show, he understood why. “Japan has some very fanatical collectors, their record stores look like ours did in the seventies.” Friends of Bahar tell him he probably owns more records than he could ever possibly play. He knows they are right, but giving up collecting is simply impossible. “It’s an addiction. Whenever I hear a super funky record I just have to have it myself.”

Frankie Knuckles

Sadar Bahar (1968) starts DJing on his thirteenth. He learns the technical tricks from DJ Charles Breckenridge, while Frankie Knuckles shows him the magic of the dancefloor. Later Bahar will play back to back with the Chicago house legend in Club Fisque. At the Music Box he meets Lee Collins, DJ and future soul mate.

Together with Collins, Bahar starts organizing dance parties in Chicago. First under the Goldmine Productions banner, later as Soul in the Hole. It turns out the name is derived from a record store in Detroit where both friends spend a considerable amount of money on a weekly basis. “We asked the owner whether we could use his name for our DJ and dance collective. He was cool with it and said: ‘I am not mixing and I am not dancing. I sell records. So go ahead’.”

Towards the end of the eighties house emerges in Chicago. Many colleagues of Bahar switch to this new and exciting genre. Sadar himself however stays true to his own style of disco, soul and boogie. “I did try it” he sighs, “but I just wasn’t feeling it. I need a drummer and a real singer who knows how to hit notes. This combined energy of a band is something that really resonates within me. My soul runs deep.”

City of Gangsters

While house music explodes everywhere around him and mutates into various different sub styles, Bahar keeps on doing his own thing. Steadily he builds up an enormous collection of disco records; buying up entire collections, and at the same time organizing his own parties. Chicago is known as the birthplace of house, but Bahar and his fellow promoters have experienced nothing but hindrance by the law. “Throwing parties is an enormous challenge. The police want everybody home at two. Twelve-to-twelve parties have become impossible. Chicago is a gangster city, you know. Everybody wants their cut, even the authorities.”

According to Bahar that’s the most important reason why clubs in the “Windy City” could never last. “The Music Box, the Warehouse and my own Kings & Queens have all been closed down within two or three years. At the same time, politicians are asking why the murder rate in Chicago is so high. People here are tense, ready to explode. So why not give them a place to release?”

Nowadays Bahar turns down most of his American booking requests. “To us it’s about the music. But often local promoters are more interested in making money”, he sighs. No wonder he prefers playing in Japan and Europe, where he has built up a dedicated network of music fans that love having him over. “There’s a lot of disco heads out there”, Bahar smiles.

He even lived in the Netherlands for a while and was determined to settle permanently. “I needed a break. Some peace of mind. In Chicago I became too distracted by side issues to be able to focus on music.”

But finding a permanent place to stay proves more difficult than he anticipated. As a foreign DJ with no steady income, getting a mortgage is too much of a challenge. These days Bahar is back in the Chicago, the city he continues to have a love-hate relationship with.


As a DJ, Sadar Bahar is all the way old-school. Not only because he solely plays vinyl (coming from cute briefcases filled with 7-inches), but also because he swears by the American technical set-up, that consists of a ‘lollipop’ headphone and a rotary mixer. Equipment used in legendary clubs like Paradise Garage and the Music Box that have become part of vinyl culture, according to Bahar. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, Bahar repeats. And again bursts out in laughter.

Will Bahar be doing the same thing in 10 years from now we asked him? “Definitely.” Even though things like reading the small print on labels and travelling have become a bit more demanding for him these days. “Already as a kid I knew I wanted to be a DJ my entire life.” Bahar sees DJing as his calling. Someone should spread the gospel. Let it be him. “There’s so much music around that doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Often made by musicians that aren’t even around anymore. On top of this, on a good night I get so much back from the audience. Even though they don’t know my music, they understand what I’m trying to do.” When Bahar played in the famous Panorama bar in Berlin last year, some people left crying of joy; one person even fainted. “That gig gave me more confidence. If I can even emotionally move people in a techno club, I must be doing something right.”

Text: Rene Passet
Translation: Andrei Vilcov
Editing: Max Cole
Cover photo: Joss Kottmann


Somewhere In Amsterdam ft. Sadar Bahar
26th of April, 2015

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Rush Hour Trouw

Today it is Saturday December 6th, 2014. A big day, to never forget. The pre-sale is sold out, and there are limited tickets at the door for the night’s real early birds. In a few hours we will entirely go for Rush Hour’s last label night at Amsterdam’s highly acclaimed club Trouw. The last Rush Hour night ever there.

Stoked as we are – like with any important football match – we like to properly preview the party before we go out with a bang. There’s a name on the bill who can tell us all about it, and that’s Boye ‘t Lam. He has been a Trouw local since the start of the club, and worked at Rush Hour way before the club even opened it’s doors. 

Boye, you were partly organizing quite some Rush Hour label nights in Trouw. What was typical about Rush Hour nights in Trouw compared to those in other venues?

Various things. First off, the size. Trouw feels pretty small, but its capacity is over a thousand. So the Rush Hour label nights are a lot larger than for instance the more low-key ‘Somewhere in Amsterdam’ parties, or festival hostings we did in the past couple of years. And there’s Trouw’s vibe of course. For the larger Rush Hour nights, it is by far the best club in Amsterdam, as at Trouw it is really all about the music. No flashy decoration or extensive lighting rigs, there’s just a ground level DJ booth and great sound. When we start a new project at Rush Hour, the first question we ask ourselves is: Is this of good quality? And if so, than all of the rest follows. I believe that Rush Hour and Trouw share that value. You get a very good over all club experience, but the main emphasis is on the content and thus music.

Trouw’s 24 hour permit also allows to offer various club experiences in one weekend. For instance you can program various DJs on a Saturday afternoon in order to attract the somewhat older Rush Hour crowd, who regularly have family obligations, whereas for the younger crowd you can go on until 8-9 in the morning. Finally the Rush Hour nights at Trouw also serve as a showcase moment of what’s the latest stuff on the label.

How is it to work for Rush Hour? 

When I started working at Rush Hour I was around 18 years old, and it was during a very exciting period in Amsterdam. Young promoters and DJs gathered in a sort of counter culture, opposed to the dominating minimal and later on tech house sound. This grew exponentially up to a point whereas now the former ‘mainstream’ festivals are all moving towards the underground sound. Apart from organisations such as Dekmantel, who organise one of the sickest festivals in the world nowadays, Rush Hour also played a pinnacle role, serving as a home base for everybody who needed records or music in general. Most people link Rush Hour to the house and techno sound, but it serves so much more genres than just that. I was right in the middle of it all, absorbing new music and music styles every day and finding out ways and projects to offer that music to our audience.

The one thing I will always remember, and can’t go without acknowledging, is one of the driving forces behind the company: Antal. You might almost say that the guy is mental, mental about music. We were on a two week trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Brazil, in order to sort out some new projects and I believe in total we spent five hours of those two weeks relaxing, and in bars. We payed a cab driver a fee for two hours in order to drive us past all of the great spots in Rio and that was everything we saw during that trip haha. Antal got up at five in the morning scavenging marketplaces and cellars in order to find new shit. Played at the D-edge till six in the morning, got breakfast and went off on a four hour digging trip again in order to be the first one on the market. This was not an exception. Every trip he got back from, he had 30 records with him, stating it was a new compilation of some sub sub sub genre from the suburbs of whatever metropolis he had visited. Its highly inspiring working together with somebody like that.

What do you hope this last Rush Hour party at Trouw will be like?

Well… I know for a fact that it’s going to be crazy. The Rush Hour crew is stoked about the night, everybody in Amsterdam is stoked about the last couple of parties at Trouw, so it can’t go wrong. The line-up is also sick, on the one hand you’ve got legend Lil’Louis on the other hand you’ve got Rush Hour’s finest Interstellar Funk and upcoming hero Robert Bergman. Oh, and in between you also have my personale favorite Hunee playing together with Antal, plus DJ Deep and San Proper. Ah yes, I am also playing :).

What I hope to see is all the Rush Hour affiliates, fans and supporters there. I believe the pre-sale has sold out way in advance, but Trouw always keeps a stack of tickets for the door, so I’m urging everybody who wants to get in to come down early!



Lil’ Louis
DJ Deep
San Proper


Antal & Hunee
Interstellar Funk
Robert Bergman
Rush Hour allstars

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