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degoIt is hard to express how excited we are to have living legend Dego as our guest on the Weekender’s Friday. Dego’s 2000Black band bless us with a performance, playing their unique electronic jazz and future boogie grooves live. Tickets are available!

After absorbing a lifetime’s worth of soul, reggae and hip-hop growing up in North-West London, the veteran composer of electronic music alway injected London’s burgeoning underground music scene with new ideas, resulting in a variety of groundbreaking music styles and grooves. A little introduction to Dego’s legacy below!

4Hero and drum & bass
In the late eigties, not long after Reinforced was found by 4Hero, Dego jumped on the bandwagon and became a member of both the group and label. 4Hero were among the first proponents of what would become known as drum & bass, which began to grow in profile via a series of releases on their imprint. In the mid nineties 4Hero wrote the code for drum&bass figurehead Goldie, resulting in Goldie’s iconic “Timeless” album.

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4Hero’s “Combat Dancin’” EP (1990) underpinned the sub-bass pressure of the bleep ‘n’ bass artists associated with Sheffield’s Warp Records, such as LFO and Nightmares on Wax, with mid-tempo hip-hop-style breakbeats.

2000Black
The 2000Black collective established in 1998 by 4Hero’s Dego, was named after a 1975 Roy Ayers’ recording. Inspired by its lyrics ‘Think About the Future, Think About Think About, Change’, the label and band formed a platform where any genre of music rooted in ‘the groove’ would be displayed.

As a result, many contrasting songs were released such as Pariss Clemons’ (r.i.p.) ‘Black Mary’ to Seiji’s ‘Run’, Bembe Segue’s ‘Take Me To Tomorrow’ to Capitol A’s ‘Doing It Up’. With all this variance one thread of continuity remained—the funk and the soul.

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Rush Hour Weekender

We’re overexcited to present our very first weekender at our home base OT 301! Tickets are available! During this cosy 3-day festival we are celebrating the opening of our new record store with friends and artists. The new store will have a bigger playground for more new and second hand records, plus room for new activities. Dego’s 2000black Family (live), Volcov, Margie, Beau Wanzer (live), Mick Wills, Interstellar Funk, Robert Bergman, Lee Collins and Sadar Bahar are our guests.

The Rush Hour 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).

TICKETS FRIDAY (21-3h)
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)
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TICKETS SATURDAY (22-5h)
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

TICKETS SUNDAY (17-1h)
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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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.

TICKETS FRIDAY (21-3h)
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)
Volvov
Margie

TICKETS SATURDAY (22-5h)
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

TICKETS SUNDAY (17-1h)
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.

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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.

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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!

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 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. ;)

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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.

SATURDAY

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

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FRIDAY

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

THURSDAY

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.

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WEDNESDAY

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.

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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.

RUSH HOUR x L.I.E.S. x BANLIEUE
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…

SOMEWHERE IN AMSTERDAM
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)

IN-STORES
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 youtube.com/rushhourrecords

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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.

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TOUR INFO

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

PARIS: CONCRETE INVITES RUSH HOUR | 8-11

LONDON: TIEF PRESENTS RUSH HOUR  | 13 – 10

 BERLIN: KLUBNACHT @ PANORAMABAR | 14-10

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For bookings please contact rieks@octopus-agents.com

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Rush Hour ADE L.I.E.S

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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.

1. HARUOMI HOSONO – PHILARMONY
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.

2. KIMIKO KASAI WITH HERBIE HANCOCK – BUTTERFLY
‘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.

3. RYO KAWASAKI – HAWAIIAN CARAVAN
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.

4. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO – RIOT IN LAGOS
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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