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13 Feb 06
30 Apr 07
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
30 Apr 07
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
13 Jul 10
11 Jun 12
13 Feb 12
Played by: Visti, Shadow Dancer, Roberto Rodriguez, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Juno Recommends Downtempo
Review: E/F is the third in Awanto3 and Tom Trago's 13 part Alfabet series, with "Hell Of Samba" markedly darker than the efforts thus far, taking a brutal techno manifesto and re-shaping it to a slow-house track. The manic, cyclical hats and vaporous drones make for a thoroughly unsettling, and mightily effective, atmosphere. "Too Shy" meanwhile shakes things up further with a staggered beat, baroque orchestrations and what sounds like strange beatbox bass stabs. It's maybe not what you expect from the series, but it certainly spices things up.
26 Jan 10
08 Feb 11
Played by: Zenner, Elliott Dodge - Snapshot Records, S-Tek (Gynoid, Audiolabor, Berlin), Joachim Spieth (Affin), Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Glenn Keohane(Ng415/K), Anton Pieete, Joseph Terruel, Aubrey
Review: Ah yes, whilst Angello, Axwell and Ingrosso amuse all with their 21st century update on Spinal Tap, Rush Hour drop a timely reminder about the real Swedish House Mafia, enlisting Skudge and MRSK to take apart some Frictionalism classics and piece them back together in their own distinct fashion. The ever mysterious Skudge are up first stripping Shakir's classic "Floorfiller" of it's emotive keys and twisting the remains into the sort of highly pressurised, relentless, twisting reverberant industrial thumper you'd expect from the elusive Scandinavian collective. Impressive as that is, MRSK provides an even better take on "Travelers" transforming the future abstractions of Shakir's original track into something dark, sensual and pulsing with an intensity that's comparable to Robert Hood at his finest.
22 Nov 10
Played by: Gerd, Roland Schwarz, Gummihz, The Revenge, Shadow Dancer, Ashley Beedle, Alkalino, Andre Lodemann, Spring Chart, Frawl, The Dead Rose Music Company, Cottam
Review: Kyle Hall aside, it’s hard to pick two up-and-coming producers better suited to the task of giving Anthony Shake Shakir’s off kilter Detroitisms a contemporary tweak than FaltyDL and Space Dimension Controller. In the first of two Rush Hour-curated releases, Belfast youngster SDC, fresh off a stunning EP released on resurgent Belgian imprint R&S, turns his intergalactic remixing hand on the seminal "Detroit State Of Mind", first released in 1998. He slows down the tempo here, opting for slo-mo, bubbling synths, claps and a vintage analogue electro-disco funk melodies that are fast becoming the SDC signature sound. FaltyDL (real name Drew Lustman) meanwhile remixes "Assimilated". Despite being based in New York, Falty’s sound has its roots in the UK, with his releases displaying a clear affection for dubstep, funky and old-school garage as well as house. On this effort he goes for a dense, layered approach, with snare hits busily chopping and changing direction amid a flurry of analogue squiggles, with a bassline groove that is slowed down, tweaked and generally messed with in an insouciant manner that would no doubt make Shakir smile. More than merely a nice idea for a remix project, this release serves as a neat snapshot of what electronic music is all about in 2010: a fertile breeding ground between genres, eras and continents, with one foot respectfully planted in the past and the other holding the door open for the future.
11 Jan 11
Review: The second vinyl sampler for Rush Hour's essential Anthony Shakir retrospective finally comes to download, and again it's an essential purchase for fans of high quality house and techno. Lead cut "Arise" - originally released way back in 1998 - is particularly inspirational example of Detroit techno at its rich and emotional best, all touchy-feely synths, tumbling riffs and star-gazing beats. There's more soft centred piano love on the shuffling "Simpatico", while "The Fake Left, Go Right Plan" pushes the groove into the red in its pursuit of stripped-back perfection. Then there's "Mr Gone Is Back Again", as melancholic a Detroit techno track as you'd wish to find.
25 Jan 11
Played by: Dan Mela
Review: The third part of Rush Hour's essential Anthony 'Shake' Shakir retrospective comes to digital download. As with previous instalments, it's an impressive collection, and one that brilliantly demonstrates the breadth and depth of Shakir's musical palette. There is, of course, some pure Detroit techno - in this case the sublime galactic funk of "For The Lamanted" - and something a little rougher ("Frictionalized"). But there's also some delicious old skool house bump (the wonderful "I Get A Feeling", which will send shivers down the spine of punters of a certain age) and, most impressively, a tech-jazz wig-out that sounds like early Recloose given the Shakir treatment ("Assimilated"). Essential as ever.
31 Jan 11
Played by: Tiger Stripes
Review: Rush Hour's trawl through the back catalogue of the irreplaceable Anthony 'Shake' Shakir comes to an end with a final three-track romp. As with the previous three releases, every track is nigh on essential. This time round, there's a much more obvious funk swing to proceedings, with all three tracks displaying clear soul and disco influences. The relentless military snares and Rhodes riffs of "The Other One" particularly impresses, but there's also little to call between the Detroit techno meets NY disco pomp of "Plugged In" and the simple pleasures of "The Floorfiller". In many ways, it doesn't matter; like the rest of the series, the whole EP is an essential purchase.
15 Sep 09
12 Dec 11
Played by: Alkalino
Review: While somewhat shadowy in their backstory, B.D.I. return to Rush Hour after a release two years ago, and bring with them a serious degree of dense, pumping goodness for this industrial strength DJ sets. While the metallic clunking may be laid on thick, there's also a palpable heart at the core of the machine on 'Decoded...', which makes it all the more magnificent. 'New Robotics #17' is more jagged and sparse, with a tricky kind of swing, but still strides confidently into its own nasty space between functional tool and wild expression, making for a daring party rocker in the process.
13 Jul 10
17 Oct 11
Review: Having released his Plastic World album just earlier this year, BNJMN spoils us with another sizable package in the form of this 9-track treat. There's something pleasingly arcane about the way he uses the tried and tested 4/4 formula as a secondary backbone to the rich layers of textures. At times he can be gentle, at others quite manic, in the way that he triggers the elements in his tracks, but the harmonious tones always reach a sweet-natured conclusion. 'Wisdom of Uncertainty' is a prime exponent of the fairy tale sound he has cornered in which to express himself.
08 Mar 11
Review: Rush Hour's Direct Current series has already struck gold on several occasions - most notably the back scratching endeavours of FaltyDL and Cosmin TRG - however a shift upwards in ambition and a swerve in focus towards these shores has delivered a truly startling full length album from BNJMN. The latest alias of Ben Thomas, a young UK producer whose work has featured under a variety of names for labels such as Svetlana Industries and Tirk, Plastic World could feasibly be conceived as Thomas finding his true musical identity. This is an album that's covered in a glistening sheen of utopian futurism; from the grinding amphibian machine funk of "Wheels In Motion" to the more upwardly mobile jacking acid melodies of "Tunnel Flight", BNJMN seems to posses an innate and auspicious talent for creating music that's just as suited for the floor as your headphones. Whilst "Blocks" has been most commonly claimed as the track that will draw you in, it is perhaps "See Through The Stars" that leaves the most lasting impression, throwing together frosted soundscapes with throbbing bass and tingling percussion and washing them with rich sounding shafts of upwards electronic melody with jaw dropping results.
27 Apr 10
Review: Rush Hour's mission to dig through the archives of Chicago House music and re-issue forgotten classics continues apace here with the focus squarely on Boo Williams. The Dutch imprint concentrates on the productions Williams put out via Residual Records, the imprint run by Titonton Duvante, with the four best tracks from his three late 90s EPs handpicked and presented here. Rawness abounds throughout with vintage Chi town atmospherics submerged beneath solid kicks and ever so intricate synth melodies on "Mortal Trance". Hypnotic chords pervade the driving deepness of "Eternal Mind" with the expertly arranged long drum breaks a third of the way in proving an excellent way to break the trance. On the flip, the pulsating acid squelch of "Day & Night" provides the highlight of this release as tough kicks snap through deep stabs for a track that sounds just as relevant on today's floors. The scattergun drum patterns and melancholic synth action on the future retro sounding "Teckno Drome" make this another essential release from our friends in Amsterdam.
17 May 10
19 Nov 12
Review: Braiden appearing on Rush Hour is possibly one of the least expected combinations to surface in recent times; more specifically Braiden appearing on any label is surprising, given how quiet the Londoner has been on the production front since gracing Joy Orbison's now defunct Doldrums imprint. A sideline in photography, a smattering of remixes and a prospering reputation as both a club and radio DJ (check his NTS show) means Braiden's been kept a busy boy, though this two track induction on Rush Hour demonstrates there's been loss in production verve. Lead track "Belfry Tower" seems built for submission pounding intent, rhythms gleefully bouncing off each other as a pressurised bassline puts the squeeze on the crunchy textures that attempt to implement some semblance of melody. "Paganini" introduces a whole different slant on Braiden's palette, commencing with a famous singer's ode to the Italian composer who lends his surname to the title which subtly drops into a killer house groove, all expertly layered drum patterns and wonderfully warm and bouncy bass lines complemented by some brilliant echoed usage of the vocal throughout.
09 May 11
Review: In recent times, Rush Hour's Direct Current offshoot has been a constant source of inspirational, dancefloor-baiting material. Seemingly designed to offer a retro-futurist take on house from producers perhaps better known for their more experimental material - see the thrilling, head-warping releases from Cosmin TRG and BNJMN - the imprint has rarely put a foot wrong. This two-tracker fits neatly into the RH DC template: Braille is a new pseudonym for Praveen, one half of post-dubstep visionaries Sepalcure. In true Direct Current style, the tracks presented here offer a cutting-edge take on house music that gives classic Chicago jack and the melodic futurism of Detroit a fresh new twist. "The Year 3000" opens with a delay-laden vocal snippet from Sterling Void's Chicago classic "It's Alright", before sprinting off on a woozy journey into 21st century Euro-jack. "Leavin' Without You" treads a similar path, but offers more basic, straightforward thrills; a heartfelt vocal sample nimbly dances round a ricocheting rhythm of off-beat 4/4 percussion, densely layered chords and mind-altering FX. Like its impressive A-Side, "Leavin' Without You" is off-kilter late night house music of the highest order. Essential.
13 Jun 11
Played by: Philippos N (Freshit Recordings), Visti, Tal M. Klein, Kid Who, Juno Recommends Disco, James Curd, Cottam, Sven Tasnadi (Cargo Edition), House Of Disco Records, Bottin
Review: The town of Mildura in Victoria probably doesn't rate on any global lists of disco hotspots, yet it was here that the Carter Brothers story began. Having relocated to Adelaide, South Australia, the Carter Bros fell under the global gaze of Rush Hour, who snapped up their latest single "Full Metal Jacket". There's not much to either the original or the dub version - in this respect it brings to mind Kerri Chandler's "Bar A Thym" - because what it does, it does brilliantly: locking into a loop and riding it along for the tracks' duration with uplifting synth sweeps and divine horns dovetailing insouciantly. Nebraska meanwhile does a sterling job on remix duties, chopping up the beat, filtering it and adding in some vocals and brass farts for maximum value!
23 Apr 07
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present Beat Dimensions Vol 1 - "Pursuit Grooves - Push Up " - (4:26) 97 BPM
Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present Beat Dimensions Vol 1 - "Tom Trago - Fluor Green Legged Gangster " - (4:20) 92 BPM
Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present Beat Dimensions Vol 1 - "Flyamsam - Green Tea Power " - (3:57) 118 BPM
Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present Beat Dimensions Vol 1 - "Super Smorky Soul - Smoke Collage " - (1:27) 89 BPM
Played by: Bleepfunk (Trax Re-Edited)
28 Sep 10
29 Aug 07
30 Apr 07
13 Oct 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
30 Apr 07
26 Mar 07
04 Apr 11
Played by: Tom Central, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Alkalino, D-Former, James Johnston (No Matter What), Retrac
Review: Just when you thought that it was possible to pin Cosmin TRG's ever-evolving sound to an identifiable trajectory, the Romanian producer throws his audience another few curve balls. Unlike the recent "Separat" release, "Crush" is not an exercise in exhilaratingly claustrophobic techno meets dubstep. In fact, Cosmin's approach is alluded to in the title, and it sees him succeeding in being all things to all people. The title track sets the tone for this magpie-like collection, with what sounds like samples of folk music looped to a juddering percussive backing and then combined with muffled, indistinct vocals. That Cosmin manages to make the end product rooted on the dancefloor says a lot about his skills. "Sirop" is another unusual proposition; caught between woozy chords and a stepping rhythm are Chicago kettle drums, appearing at regular intervals. "Negligee" also flirts with contrasting sounds, but has little bearing on the previous tracks. Instead, it pits an abstract rhythm against Warp's 'Intelligent Techno' era bleeps and eerie, ghostly riffs. The final piece in this most unusual jigsaw is "Magnetic Bodies". Like "Separat", the beats are relentlessly dense and raw, but the filtered chord sequence makes nods to Detroit techno and the liquid dreams of hardcore - a sonic effect akin to being hit over the head in slow motion with a feather-covered sledgehammer.
20 Apr 10
Review: Rush Hour?s Direct Current series follows up superb Falty DL Drop with a brand new, two track release from Cosmin TRG. Whilst keeping his dubstep mind in check, the Romanian takes on a housier sentiment during this release.
Cosmin Nicolae built a name for himself as TRG with dubstep productions for labels like Tempa, Hotflush and Hessle Audio. Indeed, "Put You Down" and Martyn?s remix are widely accepted as Hessle?s finest release. However, of late we have seen a shift in his production style. Moving away from the traditions of dubstep, Cosmin is currently pushing a sound that has more in common with strands of house music. Just like his recent double pack for Tempa, "Now You Know," we find him in a funky and compatible mode during "See Other People."
The whole release is an infectious amalgamation of house and garage. The title track is a garage stepper that posses true characteristic s of vintage house. A deep and swinging yet funky number, the track builds on its foundation of UK and US garage functions to forge its unique sound. Soulful vocals give the track a classic shine as an easy and contented vibe remains throughout. This is futuristic R&B at its very best. On the flip, the Bucharest native starts off in garage mood but morphs into succulent Detroit techno. Following limber 2-step syncopations, "Groove Control" crosses over into deep Detroit techno, evolving into a pulsating, acidic bassline groover.
Cosmin TRG has made an impact in various electronic styles since he arrived in 2002. It is his passion for fresh new sounds and his adventurousness in exploring them that have enabled him to do this. As he currently delves into a funkier house sound as on "See Other People," we can only ask ourselves, what will be next?
07 Sep 10
01 Mar 10
Played by: Redux Records, Andrea Rucci, Wes [cutloose :: Manchester], Zenner, Ben Pistor, Juno Recommends Disco, Pezzner, Brett Johnson, Trevor Jackson (Playgroup)
Review: Marking the final release in Daniel Wang's Best of Balihu series, the disco connoisseur compiles some unreleased cuts and newer versions of tunes from his seminal EPs.
While having never been a huge sample fiend in his time, probably the most noticeable appropriation on the EP is the accapella of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester on first tune Sylver Belt. It only makes a fleeting appearance though as Mr Wang keeps things moving quickly over the course of the tune, switching things up like Coldcut did in their heyday.
More conventional is Not Feeling It, which plunges straight into an awesome late-night groove, with heavily reverbed vocals and sparse Techno stabs over some wickedly punchy kicks. East Village Hustle brings some lush and silky strings into the mix, and keeps the funk going with some equally tasteful bass.
The instrumental version of If It Feels Good has been kept in Wang's archive until now and finally gets a release here. Some other very vintage pieces show up on the EP also, Shadows for example is as rare as hens teeth, as well as Unhouse, which is a quirky yet soulful Rhodes and flute-fest.
Definitely a must-have for all fans of the Balihu series and for anyone interested in Nu-Disco period.
29 Sep 09
Played by: Ajello, Pete Dafeet, Phreek Plus One, Olivier Desmet, Scenery Records, Juno Download, Lee Fraged, Lawnchair Generals, Jordan Fields DJ, Frank Booker, Recloose, Juno Download, Ray Mang, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Voltage (Cutters Records), Joseph Terruel, Nile Delta, Storm Queen/Morgan Geist
02 Jun 09