Rainbow Disco Club @ Somewhere In Amsterdam

We are back! This time with our friends from Japan….

Our Tokyo based friends move their wonderful Rainbow Disco Club festival from the mountains of the Izu Peninsula, the beautiful landscape near the city of Tokyo, to OT301 in Amsterdam for a great night out. It is wonderful to host RDC as a club night! Soichi Terada is joining the crew, more artists to be announced.

Tickets are now available!
Rush Hour Store
Spuistraat 116
1012 TZ Amsterdam

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Rush Hour ADE instore sessions  2016

19-10 Wednesday 7pm – 9pm CET
Blawan & A Made Up Sound
20-10 Thursday 7pm – 9pm CET
Moon B (live) & Suzanne Kraft
21-10 Friday 7pm – 9pm CET
Recloose & San Proper
22-10 Saturday 7pm – 9pm CET
Sounds Familiar w/ Ge-ology, Volcov & Patrick Gibin aka Twice

Come down, hang out, listen to some music during four days of RH instores!

Gilles Peterson pops in with his fresh radio station on Thursday, for a live broadcast 11 am – 6 pm.
Join us or tune in at worldwidefm.net!

Worldwide FM @ Rush Hour Store

Pre-sale is sold out, but there are limited tickets available at the door, so we recommend to be early to avoid disappointment. Hope to see you there!

Rush Hour @ De School, ADE 2016

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Surinam Funk Force is out now! Compiled by Antal Heitlager & Thomas Gesthuizen, this is the follow up to the Kindred Spirits released Surinam! compilation. The volume goes even deeper into the field of 70ties and 80ties funk music from the Surinam dance floors…





“killer compilation! lots of favorites on there and stuff i still need to find”

Gilles Peterson:
“‘Jammin’ is a salacious boogie number, cooked up with quick-fingered bass work, female harmonizing and guitar solos.”



1 Steve Watson – Born To Boogie
2 Jam Band 80 – Jammin’
3 Sonny Khoeblal – Craziest
4 Errol De La Fuente – Happiness
5 Sumy – The Funky “G” (Only Comes At Night)
6 Explosion – Wakka Mang
7 Eddie Tailor – Love Dance
8 Ronald Snijders – Kaseko Attack
9 Astaria – Jamasa Roro
10 Sound Track Orchestra and Silvy – Tirsa Song


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Interstellar Funk | photo Imke Lighthart

The fourth edition of RH’s House Of Music magazine is out now. Time to share some printed content online here. Let’s start with the small article about ex-soccer player Interstellar Funk…

From the moment he first set foot in the Rush Hour office a few years ago, Olf van Elden – aka Interstellar Funk – focused his quiet energy on discovering new music. It’s the same unhurried approach Olf takes in the studio when he’s trying out different gear and musical angles. He’s got a keen, curious ear and draws from diverse inspirations which are reflected in his Rush Hour debut EP, “Electric Park Square”.

The RH crew, being his office pals, prepared a few burning questions for him. The type of questions, that we usually save for after hours.

You’ve bought and sold quite a bit of studio gear on your search for your favorite machines. Which piece of musical equipment was your worst friend?

Six years ago, when I didn’t know much about gear, I agreed to trade my MS10 for a Moog Prodigy with some guy from Antwerp. We met in front of a museum in the middle of the night and swapped synths. Back then, I only had a Juno 60 and I was looking for a good mono­synth. I got rid of the MS10, because although I think it’s cool for additional use, I just didn’t use it as my ‘main’ synth.

Actually… I was looking for a Sequential Circuits Pro One instead of the Prodigy. The Pro One is one of the most beautiful mono synths around. It has a super strong, clean sound and is pretty easy to explore. It’s that kind of synth which you can use in every track. But… they’re hardly available and pretty expensive. Checking out the web, the Prodigy looked like a good alternative. It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered the machine didn’t have a midi or CV/gate. My loss. Two weeks later I sold it again and got the Pro One in return.

Which piece of musical equipment will you never get rid of?
I recently bought a Yamaha CS30 and it’s insane. It has several trigger options and it also offers a step sequencer, which you can modify into crazy weird sounds.

How did you come up with Interstellar Funk as your artist name?
I was about to release my first 12″ but didn’t have a name back then. I stole it from an old Detroit electro track because I liked the vibe of it.

You are not the first ex­soccer player in the RH team with a pro­career in sight. Can you introduce Interstellar Funk the soccer player in a nutshell?
I think I was 16 years old when I really wanted to become a professional soccer player. I did quite well and ended up playing at a professional level in Oss (Noord­-Brabant, NL) for one year. I really enjoyed the experience, but didn’t have time left for anything else. After one year, the club went bankrupt and I returned to Arnhem, my hometown. I kept playing soccer until my brother and I moved to Utrecht.

How did you end up in music?
I went to my first festival with my older brother when I was about 15 years old. Back then, he already threw parties at places like Club 11, Trouw’s predecessor. That was the first club I went out to on a regular basis. When we moved to Utrecht, I started to discover the world of record shops. At 20, I moved to Amsterdam together with my brother. That’s when I got familiar with Rush Hour. It was at the same time Dekmantel started throwing their first events.

How is soccer represented in the RH team for you?
Not that much. We are more into dodgeball lately…

photo: Imke Lighthart

Free copies are available at your fave record store or online, at rushhour.nl

Rush Hour House Of Music

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Fourth House Of Music magazine is available now! Grab your free copy at your favorite record store near you, or order it online with your mailorder. This volume holds interviews with Ronald Snijders/Surinam Funk Force, Orlando Voorn, Antinote, Goma Gringa, Electronique & Spectacle and more.. Find it here

Rush Hour's House Of Music magazine

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Hunee - Hunch Music remixes by Mick Wills and DJ Fett Burger

Lengthy and weighty “Hunch Music” remixes by Mick Wills and DJ Fett Burger! Comes with special relief printed sleeve.

After Hunee’s celebrated debut album “Hunch Music”, it’s time for these two 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 throbbing and grinding floor cracker. BIG TIP!


1 Hiding The Moon (Mick Wills Remix)
2 Crossroads (DJ Fett Burger’s Boss Brian Computer Mix)

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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

Format: 12″

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Rush Hour Music starts compilation seriesConnoisseur 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.


Hunchin All Night (RHMC 001)

Photo courtesy of Tim Sweeney, Beats In Space (2011)



Surinam Funk Force (RHMC 002)



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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.

1. Osirion
2. Primus

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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!

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Rush Hour Store Japan


Out now! RH Store Japan series:

Ehri Ohno - Skyfire





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San Proper in japan

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.

こいつはずーっとお気に入りさ。こいつが出たとき、ちっちゃなスクリーンとヘッドフォンで初めて観たのを覚えてるぜ。”Jelly Tones”っていうアルバムの宣伝でレコードストアでやってたんだよ。本当いい意味で裏切られた曲だ。

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!

このバンドについては1968年の“Go Forward”っていう映像も見てくれ。そしたら俺のようにこいつらの一味になりたいと思うはずだぜ。こいつらがやってるカバーバージョンも見る価値があるはずだ。

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”.

このトラックは最近ブダペストで見つけたんだ。もし“ニッポン ガールズ”っていうコンピレーションを手に入れたらこいつを見つけるのはそんなに難しくない。

Jun Mayuzumiは声が最高だ、”ブラックルーム“ってのがなんのことかはわかんないけどな。

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

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。


店は隠れたとこにあんだけど、長生きしてるぜ。もしベルリンのKreuzbergに行くことがあったら、宝石を見つけに寄るのがいい。この写真を見てくれ。あと、今話してたコンピレーションと同じレーベルの“The Routes”のトラックを2つ載せておくぜ。

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.


Yours Truly.


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