With a title like this, it's no surprise to learn that the compilation Gerd Janson has pulled together for Rush Hour is somewhat indebted to the legacy of Kraftwerk. In a thoroughly refreshing focus of intent, the contributing artists have had to reach towards a preface of "ambient not ambient" to take part in this project, and the end results showcase artists reaching beyond the common fare they turn out in their day to day release schedules. With his roots in ambient, Move D is of course right at home here, as is Roman Flugel, but it's exciting to hear the Krautrock tones of Ame's "Erkki" or the claustrophobic beatdown of Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village).
Hamburg-based Mirau Musik has been releasing high-grade house treats since back in 2008. Since then, they've been responsible for a series of impressive releases that join the dots between wonky house, analogue deepness and touchy-feely nu-disco. This first label compilation showcases their best to date, from the touching melodic rush of Mano Le Tough's "Eurodancer" and atmospheric late night shuffle of Good Guy MIkesh & Filburt, to the 'what-the-Dickens' disco oddness of Erobique and Tensnake's anthemic "Around The House". There's also some excellent gear from Erdbeerschnitzel and a live mix of label material, recorded at Robert Johnson, by Gerd Jansen.
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