Rush Hour Weekender

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)
Volcov
Margie

TICKETS SATURDAY (22-5h)

Beau Wanzer (live)
Mick Wills
Robert Bergman
Interstellar Funk

TICKETS SUNDAY (17-1h)

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

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Rush Hour Weekender

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Mick Wills

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…

 

 

 

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Preview the lengthy and weighty takes on Hunee’s “Hiding The Moon” and “Crossroads” by Mick Wills and DJ Fett Burger!

Hunee – Hunch Music Remixes (Mick Wills/ DJ Fett Burger)

Tracklist:
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…

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Lee Collins and Frankie KnucklesLee Collins & Frankie Knuckles (Sound Factory, 1991). Photo courtesy of Ron Trent From his upcoming Prescription Word, Sound & Power anthology boxset. 

Ron Trent’s cousin Lee Collins must have had a great impact on the Prescription main man. In the early days of house music, Collins was one of the DJs that gleamed in the legendary Music Box’ DJ-booth. The Windy City super jock learned his craft first hand from DJs such as Andre Hatchett, Frankie Knuckles, Farley Keith and Robert Owens. Soon, the Chicagoan developed the kind of progressive funky soul sound that he is known for today. We’re overjoyed to have Collins as our guest on the Rush hour Weekender’s Sunday. Few tickets are still available

Disco Madness
Collins became an influential taste maker, via his „Disco Madness” radioshow which he started in the early eighties for example. According to ratings, by 1985, “Disco Madness” was rivaling WBMX’s legendary „Hot Mix Five” radioshow. In 1986, Robert Williams, owner of the Music Box, opened Fridays at the club for Lee to do a sequence of “Disco Madness” parties.

Soul In The Hole
Later, Lee Collins teamed up with Sadar Bahar and Russoul and formed a production company called “Soul in the Hole”. Again, years later, the first BBE compilation introduced their exciting adventurous musical taste to a wider audience. On the Rush Hour Weekender’s Sinday, the two veterans Bahar and Collins team up for the very first time in Amsterdam to share more underplayed funk, jazz and soul infused disco and house music with the dancefloor.

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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.

Warp Records
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)
Volcov
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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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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Rush Hour are very proud to release Orlando Voorn – “In My World”. After re-releasing classics under his Fix, Format and Baruka monikers, the label continue with the release of Dutch techno legend Voorn his beautiful new album. Preview two tracks in full below!

Orlando Voorn has always been acknowledged as a master thanks to his unique sense for abstract melodies and drum programming. “In My World” embodies these credentials, incorporating diverse excursions that are suspended and rich in detail.

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ORLANDO VOORN – IN MY WORLD 

Orlando Voorn - In My World

Info + order:
LP
CD
Digital

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LP TRACKLIST 
1. Space Age
2. Let Me Lead The Way
3. Goon Entire Kickless
4. Anti Political
5. The Swamp
6. Predator’s Cave
7. Chicago By Night
8. Turn Left Right Here

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Leon Vynehall

We’re happy to offer Leon Vynehall’s beautiful ambient race car track on a 12″! Comes with an unreleased dancefloor version on the A-side and the original version taken from Gerd Janson’s “Music For Autobahns 2″ on the flip.

Leon Vynehall - Midnight On Rainbow Road

Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road
(RHM 019)

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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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