Two hot, summery Japanese boogie gems… Out now! These sought after tunes are reissued in limited 12inch format and are next in Rush Hour store’s Japan series.
Minako Yoshida – Midnight Driver / Town
(RH-STORE JPN 4)
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Connoisseur selector Hunee presents “Hunchin’ All Night”, a collection of his long time favorite dance floor cuts. Tracks by the wonderful Boncana Maiga, Zogo, Black Beat Niks, Kenny Larkin and Mappa Mundi are all included, and many more. The full tracklist will be announced soon.
“Hunchin’ All Night” kicks off Rush Hour’s new compilation series, with “Surinam Funk Force” second in line. “Surinam Funk Force” is compiled by Antal Heitlager and Thomas Gesthuizen, and will drop first. This compilation features highly collectable and rare Surinamese 45’s and LP cuts. The volume is the follow up to the Kindred Spirits released “Surinam!” compilation and goes deeper into the field of 70ties and 80ties funk and boogie music from the Surinamese dance floors.
HUNEE – HUNCHIN’ ALL NIGHT (RHMC 001)
Photo courtesy of Tim Sweeney, Beats In Space (2011)
SURINAM FUNK FORCE (RHMC 002)
ORDER STERAC – OSIRION:
Out Now! Reissue of one of Amsterdam’s most respected producers Steve Rachmad aka Sterac ‘s essential 1996 Detroit style techno classic. Remastered and housed in full color artwork.
Originally released on stalwart Dutch Techno label, 100% Pure (then entitled Primus / Osirion), this one has been getting plays by a fresh new wave of deep digging DJs over the past years. This timely re-issue was needed.
The A side Osirion, is built on a classic drum loop 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 sound fresh as ever.
Guests are Hunee and Willie Burns and John Gomez is back as your host with the most. Previews of new Rush Hour projects in the first 30 min. Enjoy!Read More
Hi there. This is Dr. San Proper with a selection of tracks to celebrate the fact that I am playing at Rainbow Disco Club again. I’ve entitled it “Proper’s Nippon Chart”, but it is in no particular order. I like them all so much, so it’s hard to choose and not even necessary if you ask me. Many different styles, but all produced by Japanese artists.
Also, these tracks don’t really reflect what I play at the festival this week, though these joints really inspire me a lot in the music I play and produce and in life generally. Yes, this is what I play at home… Check this out.
Rainbow Disco Clubへの再出演を祝すべくオススメトラックをお伝えするDr. San Properのお出ましだぜ。
ここで紹介したものを必ずしも今週末開催のRainbow Disco Clubでプレイするとは限らないが、自分の制作やプレイ、そして人生に多大なるインスピレーションを与えてくれた作品達だ。そう、俺は家でこんなやつらを聴いてるんだ。チェックしてみてくれ。
Ken Ishii – Extra
This is an all time favorite of mine. I remember very well when I first saw the video, it was just after it came out. With my headphones on, I was staring at a little screen. They were playing the track in a music store to promote Ken Ishii’s album “Jelly Tones”.
It shocked me, in a good way.
Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media
Straight up clean Japanese Funk, very well produced. This reminds me a bit of Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in a way. I’d suggest you listen to the full album. It works very well for me during these lovely spring mornings.
Cherry blossom love.
めちゃくちゃよくできた直球なジャパニーズファンクだぜ。Lonnie Liston SmithとHerbie Hancockのスタイルを思い出させるんだ。フルアルバムを聴くのをオススメするぜ。春の朝の俺の気分にぴったりだ。
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taeko Onuki – Flower
This composition breaks my heart, perhaps it’s reflecting the state I’m in right now.
But this makes me sad and happy at the same time. And that’s a good thing. One of the beautiful aspects of music and art.
The Spiders – Dynamite
It kinda speaks for itself, great production; it’s fat, nasty and hysterical. Japanese Beat from the 60s. Surf’s up!
You should check the movie ‘Go Forward’ from 1968 about this band:
I’m sure you would wanna be part of this band if it was possible, just like me…
Perhaps you also like to check this cover-version they did:
こいつは自己主張の強いすごい曲なんだ。ファットで、エロくてヒステリック – 60年代の日本のビート。いい波来てるぜ！
Jun Mayuzumi – Black Room
I found this track recently in Budapest not too long ago. It’s not that hard to find though, if you can get hold of the compilation ‘Nippon Girls’.
Jun Mayuzumi is so good on this track. She has an amazing voice, I’m wondering what the track is about… “Black Room”.
Dj Krush – Back In The Base
I’ve been listening to the amazing ‘Back in the Base’ compilation that Dj Krush mixed for Ninja Tune back in the days. He plays quite a bunch of his own tracks in this mix, alongside a lot of other great tracks from this trip-hop era.
I love his hazy style of cutting and scratching. Check out the entire hour he has put together for us.
“Ninja Tune”のためにミックスされた最高のコンピレーション”Back In the Base”を長らく聴いてるんだ。このミックスではTrip-hop時代の最高のトラックと、Krush自身のトラックの両方が楽しめるぞ。
Hitomi Tohyama – Love Is The Competition
This is just straight up fantastic! I got the two 7-inches – remastered and edited by Muro – as a present from my friends in Tokyo (Wanna Kiss/Sexy Robot) last time when I came over. I have a big passion for disco, these are totally up my alley. I couldn’t find the link, so you’ll have to enjoy this for now and perhaps do some digging yourself…
I’ve included a picture of the 2nd track i’m talking about.
こいつはストレートにファンタスティックなやつだ。Muroの７インチのリマスターとエディットと、この前東京に行ったときに友達がくれたやつ (Wanna Kiss/Sexy Robot) に俺は心動かされてんだ。こいつらはどんぴしゃなんだよ。リンクが見つからなかったからひとまずこれを聴いてみて、自分で掘り起こしてみるといいぜ。２番目のトラックの写真はつけておいた。
Kaminari – Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters
I actually wanted to link “Kaminari – Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters” on Groovie Records, but I can’t seem to find the track online for you.
This album is quite new to me. Garage, punk, surf, psycho-billy, whatever you wanna call it…. it rocks. I have picked it up last week in Berlin at a nice record-store called “Wowsville”, where I frequently find a lot of albums in many styles and genres. It has a nice bar in the front which is quite convenient for me. The shop seems a bit hidden in the back, but it is real stand-up. If you go down to Kreuzberg, Berlin, make sure to pop in there for some gems.
実はGroovie Recordsの“Kaminari- Nineteen Japanese Garage Monsters”を紹介したかったんだが、リンクが見つからねえんだ。
The Routes – Everybody’s Looking
The Routes – Do What’s Right by You
Obviously there’s much more to share when it comes to inspiring Japanese music. Honestly I could do this every month, even though it is hard for me to find the links and decipher the artists and titles, for I don’t master the language yet…
But i have also added some photos and some motivation to get you digging more and more. The sun is rising.
“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.
INTERSTELLAR FUNK – ELECTRIC PARK SQUARE
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
Next week we head back to the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, the beautiful landscape near the city of Tokyo. It is a great honor to host the second Rush Hour label showcase at this inspiring festival, and to meet with Soichi Terada and his friends again in his home country. Hope to see you there when you are around!
Rush Hour Allstars @ Rainbow Disco Club (Sunday, May 1st)
The Rush Hour Weekender takes place on 8-9-10 April at OT 301 and consists of a Friday and Saturday night, plus a Sunday evening (with food, like at Somewhere In Amsterdam). Tickets are available at the Rush Hour store and online via these links:
TICKETS FRIDAY (21-3h)
Dego and the 2000Black Family (live)
Beau Wanzer (live)
Soul In The Hole
Lee Collins (Music Box – Chicago)
Mick Wills is a relentless DJ, one that has an obsessive way of spinning records. A DJ who combines his own unearthed material and mixes them mercilessly with classics and new releases. He is well known for his killer M.W. edits and he recently transformed Hunee’s “Hiding The Moon” into a throbbing and grinding floor cracker… A brief introduction to this masterful DJ is in order!
Wills is our guest on the Rush Hour Weekender’s Saturday, alongside Beau Wanzer, Interstellar Funk and Robert Bergman. Please note that we are down to the very last tickets!
When Mick Wills starts his DJ carrier in the eighties, he plays anything from new wave to hi-NRG. After he discovers techno, acid and new beat in the late 80’s, nothing can stop him anymore. He recites the mailorder hotline number from the Hardwax record store in his sleep, and he seeks old disco and funk records on flea-markets and record fairs as well.
In 1994, Wills spins together with DJ Hell. Hell is impressed: he gives Wills the chance to spin in the legendary Ultraschall in Munich, also based on the mixtapes that wills keeps handing over to Hell. Two years later his collaboration with Klangstabil’s Maurizio Blanco in the studio makes him realize that he wants to produce records as well as play them. As wills doesn’t like to do things half way, it takes him several years to get a studio together and learn all the tricks of the trade, so on each of his following records you can hear Wills’ progress in the studio. While signed to Hell’s Gigolo, his dj-career takes off.
Mick Wills is a true music freak, an avid record collector and really does play like every night is his last. Again and again and again…
Preview the lengthy and weighty takes on Hunee’s “Hiding The Moon” and “Crossroads” by Mick Wills and DJ Fett Burger!
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…Read More