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Rush Hour Weekender 2017

After a wonderful first edition last year, Rush Hour are stoked to return with a highly promising, curious Weekender on two locations. Dream 2 Science, Hieroglyphic Being, Vincent Floyd, Jordan Gcz and many more, are guest on the Friday and Saturday at OT301. On the Sunday we move to Paradiso Noord, where none other than Peven Everett and Sadar Bahar make appearance.

For this year’s edition, Rush Hour are happy to collaborate with Super Sonic Jazz, Sounds Familiar and Red light Radio. Our friends from Sounds Familiar empower the line-up with Sadar Bahar and Patrick Gibin, plus the Paradiso based Super Sonic Jazz crew co-host the Weekender on the Sunday.

The Rush Hour Weekender started as a festivity for the opening of our current, bigger storefront. During the second edition the store turns 1 year, which will be celebrated with in-store sessions – these will be broadcasted on Red Light Radio and on Rush Hour’s online platforms. Please find more information here.

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ARTISTS

Dream 2 Science Live
This classic house trio will headline on the Weekender’s Friday. The New York house group’s only EP, a self-titled 12-inch from 1990, was out of print for 22 years until Rush Hour reissued it five years ago. The group will perform live for the first time in the Netherlands. Member Ben Cosmo D. was also part of the old school hip-hop group Newcleus.

Peven Everett Live
Peven Everett is undeniably one of the most prolific names in house and soul music to date. The musician closes gaps between house, r&b, jazz and hiphop. The American trumpeter is featured on jazz albums, but is also an outstanding figurehead in the Chicago house music scene.

Hieroglyphic Being Live
Jamal Moss, a.k.a. Hieroglyphic Being is an experimental composer & environmental sound artist born in Chicago, whose musical works & creations are seeded & inspired from afro-futurists concepts. The extraordinarily talented producer releases his music under many monikers, such as The Sun God, Africans With Mainframes, I.B.M and Interplanetary Prophets. His highly acclaimed Mathematics imprint releases music by the legendary Lil Louis, Steve Poindexter, next to a variety other curious and adventurous artists.

Vincent Floyd Live
The Chicago house pioneer worked with legends such as Larry Heard and Armando. Floyd released his soul drenched deep-house music on the legendary Gherkin sub-label and Dance mania imprints. Rush Hour started an artist series, re-releasing the legendary “I Dream You”, “Your Eyes” and released a collection of forgotten pearls through Floyd’s “Moonlight Fantasy” LP. A live show by the pioneer is a rare event, so we are overjoyed to have him during the Weekender.

Jordan Gcz Live
The Amsterdam based Jordan Czamanski (of Juju & Jordash and Magic Mountain High) is a major proponent of live, often improvised techno. His adventurous, lengthy live excursions are soulful, organic and futuristic. Get familiar with his (live) music through releases on his Off Minor imprint, Future Times and with his wonderful two Lushlyfe EPs.

Sadar Bahar
Disco king Sadar Bahar has been around since day one and his dreams are captured in grooves. After years and years of digging deep for records, the Chicagoan built a collection that’s too big to fit in his house. Although he has collected more records than he could possibly play, his search doesn’t stop. The King behind the decks is sanctuary…

Antal b2b Patrick Gibin
UK born DJ, producer and record collector living in Italy, Patrick Gibin aka Twice started his own record label Blend it! in 2011 with the first release of his successful and sought after Black Aroma edits series. His dj sets cover a wide range of genres, styles and tempos, from old to new sounds, all put together in an original and fresh blend. The soulful British Italian digs deeper than the obvious…

Rush Hour co-Founder Antal Heitlager prefers not to put a name to his style, the most he’ll concede is that his music is about a diversity that feels raw & spiritual. Antal has been a pretty silent force behind multiple labels and events in Amsterdam and internationally, until he outgrew to an influential DJ. When he plays out, we get a proper taste of his extraordinary vast musical knowledge and decades of experience.

Interstellar Funk
Olf van Elden alias Interstellar Funk is a young Dutch producer whose sound stands out because of its imperfections, its human warmth and its rough charm. Full of timeless melody that really makes you feel something, both his productions and his DJ sets are daring and thought provoking, always, marrying up new school sounds with the roots of house and techno, as well as dropping in the occasional new wave along the way.

KC The Funkaholic
Amsterdam’s funk father, Kees Heus aka KC the Funkaholic has been influencing the local scene since over 30 years. Never sticking to a genre, KC was the one to debute house music in Amsterdam’s legendary club RoXY in the eighties, while around the same time organizing and spinning at hip-hop parties. With Rush Hour, he started the legendary parties Disco2000/3000 in 1995. KC and Rush Hour also created the label Kindred Spirits.

Boye
Paradiso programmer and former Rush Hour coryphée’s musical knowledge is lightly put vast and extensive. He worked at Rush Hour for eight years. Good to have him back on the team during the Weekender’s Sunday evening!

Margie
As Rush Hour crewmember Margie’s Red Light Radio show implies – “Different day, different story” – she loves to surprise with her musical selection. Next to her monthly radio show, she manages Rush Hour’s House Of Music fanzine and writes about music for a variety of outlets.

Roel De Boer
Crewmember since day one, Roel de Boer has seen all in and outs of the RH company. Imagine how many releases went through his hands… Today he takes his background in house music to a whole other level. Adventurous DJ!

Mark RHD
Unassuming head of Rush Hour distribution and a variety of projects, who you might have heard playing dazzling sounds and songs under different aliases.

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We’re super excited to be part of the Amsterdam based Strange Sounds From Beyond festival on June 25, 2017. Definitely a highlight this summer! Artists who grace the Rush Hour stage:

Daphni
Wally Badarou
Mutant Beat Dance
Antal RH
Interstellar Funk
DJ Okapi
Margie
Ninauploadz

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rich medina presents jump n funk
Starting life as a small New York event aimed at raising awareness for Fela Kuti’s musical message, Rich Medina’s Jump N Funk party has now been rocking dance-floors across the globe for over 15 years. Honouring Fela’s contribution to music as well as his political and cultural legacy, Medina has made his events a platform to celebrate Afro-Life across the Black Diaspora.

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Com join us in-store at Rush Hour records, or tune in – broadcast live via our Facebook channel.

Fresh African records in store, w/ music from Nigeria * Senegal * Ethiopia * Mali * Congo * South-Africa * and much more

18:00 hr – 19:00 hr Tienson (Jungle By Night)
19:00 hr – 20:00 hr Antal (Rush Hour)
20:00 hr – 21:30 hr Rich Medina (Jump N Funk)

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Rush Hour on NTS Radio After a bit of radio silence, Antal and John Gomez are heading back to the NTS studio in London for a two hour Rush Hour show this Saturday August 8. Next to playing a lot of personal favorites, the label special will also be about upcoming releases. John has participated since the very first show, so a proper introduction is in order.

You started hosting the Rush Hour specials on NTS about a year ago. How did you get involved?
I’ve known Antal for about ten years. We met in Madrid at one of his gigs with KC The Funkaholic and have stayed in touch since. Over the years I have reviewed some of the events he has organized for magazines like Shook. When the opportunity came up to do a Rush Hour show on NTS, Antal wanted someone in London who was knowledgeable of all aspects of Rush Hour’s musical output – from obscure Malian records to the latest Detroit techno – and who would be comfortable speaking to different types of guests. But more than anything else, I think Antal likes to work with friends who he knows share his passions.

The first Rush Hour NTS show ft. Rick Wilhite, Jungle By Night, Awanto 3 and John Gomez in September 2014.

What is your background in music?
Music has always occupied a privileged place in my life. When I was younger I played a lot more as an instrumentalist, studying the trombone first and, later, percussion in places like Cuba, Brazil, and Indonesia. Now I spend more time thinking about music and writing about it, sometimes for music press, other times more academically.

What keeps you currently occupied when it comes to music?
Right now I have less time to write about music, but I play regularly in London at places like Brilliant Corners. I also run a night, Tangent, with supreme digger and DJ Nick the Record. Since Plastic People closed, London nightlife has been in need of a reboot. We like to think that Tangent is, in a small way, contributing to giving those people tired of generic music on mediocre soundsystems a new home or, at least, a new, happy destination.

There will be a new show this Saturday August 8, what can we expect?
That’s up to Antal! I was in Japan before the last show we did together and I got a message saying he wanted to do a strictly Brazilian 45s show. I only had a couple of hours when I got back to London to travel home and get a selection together. I have yet no idea what he has planned for this time. It’ll be a surprise for me, as much as for you.

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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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Over the last few months Rush Hour has crossed Europe and hosted label nights from Berlin to Bordeaux.  The touring hasn’t finished yet, and it’s time for nightspot Dude Club in Milan next Saturday, featuring Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Antal and the Milan locals The Barking Dogs. Also Interstellar Funk is jumping on the bandwagon; the young man who is better known as Olf van Elden here at Rush Hour HQ, where he works.

Van Elden is known for his “House Train” track on Voyage Direct, and for his cuts released on Tape Records, the acclaimed record label that he runs together with a couple of friends. As a member of Tape DJs, he also organizes great parties here in Amsterdam. Since he’s on the bill of the Rush Hour label night in Milan next weekend and he spent last weekend recording tracks with Dutch electro pioneer Das Ding, it is time to ask him a few questions.

1. This is the first time you join a Rush Hour label night abroad…
Yes, it is. I am traveling together with Antal, thats fun already. So far I haven’t played much abroad. The Rush Hour night is a great start now for the rest of 2014, because I am having two more shows in Italy this year…

2. You are playing with Shake, Antal and The Barking Dogs. How are you looking forward to this night?
It’s a big honor to share the bill with those artists, especially because this night represents the label. I’ve never played with The Barking Dogs before, and also not with Shake – which is a huge honor of course. He is a techno pioneer and has been a big influence.

3. You have already played at quite some Rush hour label nights. When can we expect your music released on Rush Hour?
There is some music around for those in the know…

4. Last weekend you went jamming with Das Ding. That is special. Can you describe what it was like? What did you record and what will happen with the output?
It was a very interesting experiment. The sessions were also a preparation for a live performance, that will happen the day after Dude Club in Milan. I will head to Nijmegen to play some of the jams live with Das Ding at a venue called Brebl. We never met before the jam sessions but it felt really confident. We started jamming on Friday afternoon and left the building on Saturday night. We recorded the whole session, let’s see what the future will bring.

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The year has only just begun and Rush Hour has a bunch of stuff planned already. Antal gives a few sneak previews when it comes to releases and events happening in 2014….

Can you tell us a bit about the releases?
There are many things in the pipeline. We are looking very much forward to the debut album of Xosar. After a couple of 12inches it is time for a full length. She has produced an exciting amount of music, and hopefully it will be presented to you and us in the following months. And there will be Vincent Floyd material. Reissues and unreleased tracks. We have met Vincent Floyd last March in Chicago and since we are longtime fans of his work we asked for unreleased music. Maybe that will be the two scoops for now..but there is so much more to come!

After the big success of the first Weekender in Club Trouw, can we expect more big events?
The idea of organizing a 34-36 hour Rush Hour event at Club Trouw came quite spontaneously, and that resulted in the Weekender last November. I think everybody was really into what happened and so yes, we are speaking about a second edition..Which is already very exciting!

We have  to be absolutely on the lookout for…
Our annual Somewhere In Amsterdam party will take place this weekend. It always takes place on a Sunday afternoon, always with nice people, good food and great music. Pure for the love of it! We have invited Hunee & Boo Williams as our guests for this edition. The S.I.A. parties have been rare in the past. Like only once a year. But in 2014, it might be that there are some more editions coming up…


Xosar – The Calling (RHM-002, 2013)

 

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