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Dance Intensity
Dance Intensity (feat Amiruz) - (8:35) 122 BPM
Klub Nacht - (6:27) 125 BPM
The Next Ride - (4:59) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Three tracks here from Mark Grusane, a native of Chicago whose club roots go all the way back to the 1980s. It's perhaps not surprising, then, that the sounds of early house and techno are the clearest influence to be heard here. 'Dance Intensity' itself, with its intense, incessant synth throb, perhaps owes as much to the Motor City as it does to the Windy one, but 'Klub Nacht' with its spoken vocal could have come straight off 'Jack Trax Vol X' while 'The Next Ride' has a similarly raw feel but drops the tempo by several notches. Solid stuff all round but 'Klub Nacht' takes the gold.
13 May 22
Funky/Club House
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Electro EP
Cometh The Butlerian Jihad - (6:19) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Machine In The Ghost - (5:31) 154 BPM
Utopia Dystopia - (5:00) 136 BPM
Pax - (5:00) 128 BPM
RHM 037
29 Apr 22
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Needs (Not Wants) - Retrospective
Boobjazz - "Midnight Ceremony" - (6:48) 123 BPM
Walkin' Thru Circles (Thump mix) - (8:24) 123 BPM
Piano Groove - (7:30) 123 BPM
Morning Breeze - (7:11) 124 BPM
Inner Glow - (7:48) 125 BPM
Doctor M - "Park Jam" - (7:00) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Passion Dance Orchestra - "Discover The World" - (8:51) 125 BPM
Brother (Red Mountain Alchemy) - (12:05) 125 BPM
Passion Dance Orchestra - "Worlds" (Theme) - (15:20) 124 BPM
Review: It's nice to see Rush Hour giving some long overdue love to Needs, a Frankfurt-based production outfit and label that was launched in the late 1990s to provide a musical outlet for the dreamy, musically rich deep house productions of the Bartkuhn brothers and their long-term collaborator Jan "Yannick" Elverfeld. This timely retrospective gathers togethers some of the crew and imprint's finest musical moments of the nineties and noughties, with highlights including the jaunty organ motifs, driving beats and warming chords of 'Walkin' Thru Circles (Thump Mix)', the saucer-eyed, uplifting dancefloor colour of 'Park Jam', the sparkling and awe-inspiring 'Brother (Red Mountain Alchemy)' and 'Worlds (Theme)', a 15-minute chunk of intergalactic house brilliance.
11 Mar 22
Deep House
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Morning Breeze
Morning Breeze - (7:11) 124 BPM
18 Feb 22
Deep House
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Funky Souls
Funky Souls - (5:33) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Funky Souls (Club 246 mix) - (4:35) 126 BPM
Review: Robert Hood launched his Floorplan alias with this 12" back in 1996 on his M-Plant sub-label Drama, which set the template for the funky and disco-fied energy the project would pursue thereafter - with the addition of his daughter Lyric. Amsterdam's Rush Hour presents this digital remaster as part of the much needed 2021 reissue, which features the pumping and totally uplifting main mix, with its addictive and looped-up vocal refrain sure to hypnotise dancers in the club as much as it did back in the mid '90s. The Club 246 Mix is also featured, which goes down a deeper route, quite unlike anything you've ever heard from the Minister Of Techno before. This is the kind of sensual late night mood music you'd expect fellow Detroiter Moodymann to drop in a DJ set.
30 Jul 21
Funky/Club House
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Cruising (Long Ride) - (12:09) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Isolation - (7:55) 123 BPM
Silent Noise - (6:09) 123 BPM
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of classic Chicagoan deep house may well be aware of Vincent Floyd's Cruising, a sought-after single that first appeared in stores way back in 1990 on one-off Gherkin Records offshoot Resound Records. 31 years on, the EP has lost none of its allure. Opener 'Cruising (Long Ride)' is undeniably special, with Floyd wrapping warming chords, picturesque synthesizer melodies, the sound of crashing waves and sci-fi electronics around a luscious bassline and snappy machine drums. It comes backed by the deeper, dreamier and more melody-driven 'Isolation' and 'Silent Noise', a slightly stranger - but still wonderfully atmospheric - chunk of Windy City deep house.
16 Jul 21
Deep House
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Hummingbird EP
Hummingbird - (5:32) 70 BPM
Slowwave - (4:39) 142 BPM
CRVD - (3:49) 69 BPM
Hummingbird (Xamiga remix) - (7:16) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RHM 005X
21 May 21
Deep House
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Plastic World
Blocks - (5:17) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wheels In Motion - (4:03) 60 BPM
Tunnel Flight - (4:16) 60 BPM
Fire In The Hole - (3:03) 60 BPM
Plastic World - (4:08) 70 BPM
Traditions - (3:57) 57 BPM
See Thru The Stars - (5:40) 60 BPM
Depressure - (3:56) 55 BPM
Ocean Spray - (2:34) 60 BPM
Miniature Steps - (4:09) 60 BPM
21 May 21
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Reporting From Detroit
On 7 Mile All Night - (5:14) 128 BPM
Beautiful Jerusalem - (5:29) 131 BPM
Resolution - (5:31) 120 BPM
8th Chance - (3:04) 125 BPM
Dexter & Joy At Night - (4:49) 126 BPM
Reporting From Detroit - (4:33) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Music Box - (4:38) 128 BPM
Star Garden - (3:59) 120 BPM
Review: Following albums in 2020 for Axis and Tresor, Terrence Dixon now drops a long player for Rush Hour. He released the superb Theater of a Confused Mind as Population One back in 2014 on the Dutch label, and Detroit makes for a worthy follow up. Like Theater, it is dense and swampy, less focused on the pointillist sound design that punctuated some of Dixon's work under his own name. "8th Chance" even inhabits the kind of jazzed out style as Rob Hood's Nighttime World, while "Dexter And Joy At Night" sees Dixon take a more atmospheric techno approach. That said, there is no shortage of stripped back, forward looking dance floor grooves with the title track and "Music Box" sounding particularly impressive.
RHM 035
14 May 21
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Resolution - (5:31) 120 BPM
RHM 035S
14 Apr 21
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Introspective Acid
Introspective Acid - (8:28) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Jaguar Dreamin - (7:01) 135 BPM
Spring Has Sprung - (6:55) 73 BPM
Wild Bounce - (8:17) 70 BPM
RHM 034
09 Apr 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Jaguar Dreamin
Jaguar Dreamin - (7:01) 135 BPM
RHM 034S
26 Mar 21
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Tide - (6:07) 116 BPM
Minnoch - (5:44) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: It may have taken eight years, but finally one of Hun Choi's most memorable singles has made it to digital download. Originally released via a limited-edition, double A-side 12", the two-track affair remains one of Hunee's heaviest and most club-ready releases. Check first opener 'Tide', where tough, chopped-up drum machine beats, tribal-tinged percussion and wayward, acid-style motifs provide sturdy support for swirling chords and lo-fi electronic lead lines. The Rush Hour regular continues in a similarly chopped-up, analogue-rich and drum-heavy vein on the slightly funkier but no less raw and weighty 'Minnoch', whose low-slung, lo-fi bassline is particularly addictive.
RH 11912
30 Oct 20
Deep House
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Minina Bem Li
Minina Bem Li - (4:56) 68 BPM
Voyage - (5:32) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mindelo Aoje - (4:55) 57 BPM
La V?rit? - (5:48) 109 BPM
09 Oct 20
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Voyage (radio edit) - (4:20) 87 BPM
Played by: Marcel Vogel
09 Oct 20
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Minina Bem Li
Minina Bem Li - (4:56) 68 BPM
Played by: Marcel Vogel
22 Sep 20
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Artificial Dancers - Waves Of Synth
Clan Of Xymox - "Stranger" (Demo) - (5:45) 132 BPM
Det Gylne Triangel - "Maskindans" - (3:41) 113 BPM
Zahgurim - "The Living Room" - (6:42) 56 BPM
The Human League - "4JG" - (3:59) 119 BPM
Sociedades En Tetra Brik - "Detector Martenot" - (3:40) 62 BPM
Batang Frisco - "Sewing Machine" - (5:55) 124 BPM
Chris & Cosey - "Hybrid C" - (5:40) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Im Namen Des Volkes - "Alles Ist Gewinn" - (3:38) 124 BPM
Stephen Huss - "Infinity Sign" - (3:31) 112 BPM
Richard Bone - "Alternate Music For The Hindenberg Lounge" - (11:52) 131 BPM
Sociedades En Tetra Brik - "Detector Martenot" (K7 Rare version) - (4:34) 62 BPM
Review: Recognised as the world beating archivists that Rush Hour are, this compilation presents a series of wayfaring synth tracks released at different times over the last 40 years. With the earliest cut committed to tape in 1978 and the most recent in 2018, Artificial Dancers - Waves Of Synth lifts rare and previously unheard music from the late Stephan Huss of Psyche, to Californian band Batang Frisco, to Matthias Schuster's Im Namen Des Volkes project with a previously unreleased 2014 track called "Alles Ist Gewinn". Alongside the Human League too, you will find a Chris and Cosey number called "Hybrid C" that was plucked from their CD-only album Skimble Skamble. A whole new constellation to explore.
26 Jun 20
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Flashlight - (6:49) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Flashlight (Masalo remix) - (8:07) 123 BPM
Review: Rush Hour might not be the first label you think of when it comes to contemporary funk, disco and soul, but they've certainly delivered the goods on this latest single from New York's Tom Noble, who heads up Superior Elevation Records. In its original form, 'Flashlight' is an instrumental disco excursion centred around a fat walking bassline that vaguely recalls Candido, sweeping strings and wukka-wukking guitar... all very 1979, but the Masalo Remix propels us forward in time to somewhere around 1983 with its harder, faster beats (complete with a cheeky nod to 'Blue Monday') and throbbing Italo bassline.
21 Feb 20
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Patchwork (Compiled By Sassy J)
Farrah Boule - "Mother Of Mantras" - (0:53) 140 BPM
Warm - "Blue Sunrise" - (5:18) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
2000Black - "Plastic Jam" - (5:50) 116 BPM
Hanna - "Spaceland" - (5:56) 125 BPM
Alex Attias & Sassy J Present OJA - "Jelly Bubble Rise" - (6:00) 117 BPM
Nu-Era - "Mirror Images" - (6:07) 127 BPM
Gifted & Blessed - "The Projector" - (5:30) 120 BPM
Aardvarck - "Aap Noot" - (3:10) 120 BPM
Mr Fingers - "Survivor" - (4:43) 101 BPM
Georgia Anne Muldrow - "Always" - (3:19) 93 BPM
Review: Swiss DJ Sassy J now curates the second compilation in the Patchwork series, for Dutch imprint Rush Hour. For the past 14 years, she has run a night of the same name in her hometown Bern, and another in London. Showcasing music by many of the artists that have joined her throughout the years in clubs, on the radio and at home, this release is made up of new and unreleased tracks, capturing a sound that has continued to evolve in its restless search for new musical directions. From the deep, soulful and emotive tones of Warm's "Blue Sunrise" or 2000Black's "Plastic Jam", to Afro influenced spiritual life music as heard by the lady herself (with Alex Attias) on "Jelly Bubble Rise", through to RH label staple Aardvark's hi-tech soul deconstruction "Aap Noot" and Mr Fingers stone cold classic "Survivor" - Sassy J takes you on an evocative sonic journey from start to finish.
RHMC 004
13 Dec 19
Deep House
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Demedim Mi
Demedim Mi (Part 1) - (23:21) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Demedim Mi (Part 2) - (22:47) 105 BPM
Review: If you like your beats downtempo and your soundscapes crafted from an eclectic variety of sounds then you're in the right place with this two-track EP from Rush Hour. Underpinned by steady, unhurried drums and a throbbing synth bassline, 'Part 1' of 'Demedim Mi' draws largely from the boxes marked 'Indian' and 'sub-aquatic' for its sound set, with the product of all this coming on like the aural equivalent of bumbling into an ashram tripping at 5am. 'Part 2' tones down the subcontinental vibes just slightly, and ends up leaning a little more towards the moody and cinematic side as a result.
RHM 031
17 May 19
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New Dance
New Dance - (6:54) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cycles - (6:21) 122 BPM
Review: Originally only available as a 12" single that was only sold in Rush Hour's legendary Amsterdam store, Masalo's 2018 debut single has finally made it to digital download. Both tracks doff a cap towards the spacey and intergalactic end of the Italo-disco spectrum, with Masalo opting for unfussy drum machine rhythms and throbbing, arpeggio style basslines Opener "New Dance" is the more obviously disco-centric of the two tracks, with jaunty riffs, lilting synth-pop melodies and ricocheting, proto-house style drum fills rising above a suitably druggy groove. "Cycles", meanwhile, is a little deeper and even more intergalactic in tone, an effect emphasized via trippy vocal chants and crystalline lead lines that appear to drift across the universe.
22 Mar 19
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The MBO Theme
The MBO Theme - (6:02) 116 BPM
The MBO Theme (Warrior remix) - (9:29) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Here's something to set the pulse racing: a much-needed reissue of Klein and MBO's Ron Hardy and Larry Levan favourite "The MBO Theme". What makes this release rather special, though, is not the presence of the killer original version - an instrumental prototype for their later classic "Dirtytalk" - but rather the addition of a ridiculously obscure South African re-make by Warrior that one of Rush Hour's resident crate-diggers stumbled across last year. It's arguably even better than the original. Not only does it operate at a slightly slower tempo, but it also includes some fine fretless bass and wonderfully spacey synthesizer re-recordings of the track's famous lead lines. It makes the package simply essential in our eyes.
22 Feb 19
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Pinball Lizard
Pinball Lizard - (6:48) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Yellow Jackets Descend - (4:59) 135 BPM
Minor 7 Resin - (6:34) 102 BPM
Review: Amsterdam based producer Jordan 'GCZ' Czmanski wears many hats, whether as part of Juju & Jordash, Magic Mountain High or as part of Mullholland Free Clinic with David Moufang. He now makes his solo debut on Rush Hour with this awesome EP of neon treasures. From the funky old school techno vibe of "Pinball Lizzard" with its wayward melodies and cracking rhythms - on what the label best described themselves as - a multi-ball dancefloor battle against the Grand Lizard.
RHM 029
14 Jan 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Rush Hour Best Of 2018
Mutant Beat Dance - "Feed The Enemy" (feat Tyler Pope & Pat Mahoney Of LCD Soundsystem) - (4:54) 74 BPM
Jordan GCZ - "Pinball Lizard" - (6:48) 135 BPM
Stanislas Tohon - "Owhaaou!" (Raphael Top-Secret edit) - (5:23) 120 BPM
Skymark - "Find A Place In This Crazy World" (Ron Trent mix) - (10:02) 118 BPM
Les Choc Stars Du Zaire - "Nakombe Nga" - (4:25) 118 BPM
Jungle By Night - "Pompette" - (5:32) 126 BPM
Arp Frique - "African Love" (feat Ronald Snijders) - (3:29) 73 BPM
Larry Heard - "Burning 4 You" - (9:15) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Mutant Beat Dance - "Toy Story" - (6:06) 121 BPM
Played by: OOFT!, Sould Out
RH 2018
14 Dec 18
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Hangmat - (6:22) 92 BPM
Pompette - (5:32) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Ja Precis - (4:13) 96 BPM
Love Boat - (6:22) 117 BPM
Stormvogel - (5:30) 111 BPM
Hurn In Bell - (4:21) 135 BPM
Spectacles (Part 1) - (4:04) 123 BPM
Spectacles (Part 2) - (6:33) 101 BPM
The Fog - (4:55) 88 BPM
Spending Week - (8:52) 116 BPM
Cafe Creme - (5:47) 96 BPM
Review: Since the turn of the decade, Jungle By Night have not only established themselves as Holland's premier Afro-funk fusionists, but also won hearty praise from legendary Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen. "Livingstone", their fifth full-length excursion, is every bit as essential as its' predecessors. It sees the tight nine-piece speed between South African influenced dancefloor jazz-funk ("Pompette"), spacey downtempo workouts ("Ja Precis"), romping dancefloor workouts (the sublime "Love Boat"), deep tropical shufflers ("Stormvodel", the Giallo-influenced "Hum in Bell"), reggae-fired epics (the two-part brilliance of "Spectacles") and organ-heavy, boogie-rich rubs ("Spending Week"). Throughout, the band's composition, playing and production is close to perfect, making "Livingstone" another must-have instrumental set.
ND 003
12 Nov 18
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Pompette - (5:32) 126 BPM
ND003. 2
19 Oct 18
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Mutant Beat Dance
Feed The Enemy (feat Tyler Pope And Pat Mahoney Of LCD Soundsystem) - (4:54) 74 BPM
Revival 80s - (5:53) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Crete (feat Marianna) - (4:44) 77 BPM
Funk Groove - (4:50) 100 BPM
Toy Story - (6:06) 60 BPM
Played by: Jamie Paton
Review: This five-track single provides a taster for s/t, the debut album from Traxx, Beau Wanzer and Steve Summers aka Mutant Beat Dance. Produced in the trio's signature grainy style, it features the baby samples and moody, repetitive bass-led "Toy Story" as well as a possible cross over track in the shape of the jittery punk-funk and scratchy guitars of "Feed The Enemy", a collaboration with Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem. Despite this fleeting flirtation with fame, this release also shows that Mutant Beat Dance haven't forgotten their past: "Funk Groove" is a swampy piece of electro-funk and "Revival 80s" mines a path through the basement moods and dusty drum machines of 80s proto-house.
RHM 027
08 Oct 18
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Nakombe Nga
Les Choc Stars Du Zaire - "Nakombe Nga" - (4:25) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Teknokrat's - "What Did She Say?" - (4:19) 118 BPM
05 Oct 18
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Find A Place In This Crazy World
Find A Place In This Crazy World (Ron Trent mix) - (10:02) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Find A Place In This Crazy World (2015 original version) - (4:26) 115 BPM
Review: Rush Hour presents a remix of Skymark's "Find A Place In This Crazy World" by none other than Ron Trent. The Chicago deep house maestro delivers truly emotive and bittersweet perspective like only he can - it's purposely engineered for some divine moments of truth on the dancefloor. The original track, next up, was featured on Marc Friedli's 2015 release 'Wave From The Nucleus - a beautiful and sun-kissed nu-jazz jam from the Swiss producer who resided in Rio de Janeiro for many years, and now in Barcelona. Friedli runs the Modern Suns Records imprint and has released on quality labels like Nsyde and Neroli over the years as well.
RHM 028
06 Jul 18
Deep House
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Hunchin' All Night
Carlos Maria - "Blu Terra" - (7:01) 90 BPM
Aby Ngana Diop - "Michael Ozone's Liital Rhythm" - (3:41) 80 BPM
Boncana Magga - "Komya Hondo" - (4:00) 106 BPM
Stanislas Tohon - "Owhaaou !" (Raphael Top-Secret edit) - (5:23) 120 BPM
Don Laka - "Stages" - (5:55) 118 BPM
Blak Beat Niks - "Ritual Of Love" (Ron's vocal Beat Down mix) - (6:17) 120 BPM
Larry Heard - "Burning 4 You" - (9:15) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Villa Abo - "Made On Coffee & Wine" - (7:46) 68 BPM
Mappa Mundi - "Trance Fusion" (Hunee Tempo edit) - (7:32) 114 BPM
Pat Thomas - "Yesu San Bra: Disco Hi-Life" - (10:47) 116 BPM
African Futurism - "Akal Akal" - (5:14) 122 BPM
Dark Comedy - "Without A Sound" (Long ''White Label'' version) - (9:59) 129 BPM
Review: You'd expect a compilation curated by open-minded DJ/producer Hunee to be eclectic in nature, and Hunchin' All Night is just that and more. Marketed simply as "a collection of his favourite dancefloor cuts from the '70s until modern time", the compilation set is packed with obscure and inspired jams in a variety of styles. Compare, for example, the gentle but tribal rhythms and new age synthesizers of Carlos Maria and Nuno Canavarro's "Blue Terra" with the glistening, mid-80s Balearic jazz-funk brilliance of Stanislas Tohon's "Owhaaou" (as re-edited by French digger Raphael Top-Secret), or even the Clavinet-heavy Highlife brilliance of Pat Thomas's "Yesu San Bra Disco Hi Life". And that's before we get to the acid-flecked techno madness of Villa Abo and Hunee's wonderfully dreamy and dubbed-out pulse of Mappa Mundi's "Trance Fusion".
09 Apr 18
Deep House
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Hippnotic Culture Remixed
Rush Hour (20th Anniversary mix) - (5:32) 127 BPM
Warped (Remixed) - (6:28) 124 BPM
Cosmic Drill (Remixed) - (4:30) 128 BPM
Lovechild (Remixed) - (3:25) 120 BPM
Lost In Space (Remixed) - (3:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: When it appeared back in 1995, no one could have predicted that a track from Terrence Dixon's Hippnotic Culture release as Population One would have provided the name for one of European dance music's most respected hubs. As its recognition grew, the people behind Rush Hour went back to the source of their name and started to release new material by the Detroit producer, including the excellent Theater Of A Confused Mind album in 2014. Now the Dutch label is further recognising its roots with this exemplary remix package of tracks from Hippnotic Culture. Veering in sound from the jazzed out, loose percussion of "Lost In Space" to the stripped back, atmospheric techno of "Lovechild" and the rolling snares and wild howling filters of "Rush Hour" itself, this is a fitting tribute both to the label and to Dixon himself.
RHM 026
19 Jan 18
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Nos Magia
Nos Magia - (3:34) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Kamajo - (3:57) 137 BPM
Ijo Ya - (3:11) 131 BPM
19 Jan 18
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New Aural Discourse
Ontologic - (5:36) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
A Sense Of Finitude - (5:42) 86 BPM
Transmatting - (5:08) 131 BPM
Code - (4:50) 133 BPM
Review: New Aural Discourse holds four fresh, futuristic and far-sighted British takes on Detroit techno by arguably one of electronic music's best-kept secrets. This is N.A.D.'s comeback release after over 25 years and it's a proud salute to the classic sounds of the Motor City. Starting off with the hi-tech soul of "Ontologic", they're then into some UR style intergalactic transmissions on "A Sense Of Finitude". The flip features what we thought was a highlight in the form of "Transmatting" with its complex drum programming, funky bassline and evocative strings: it sounds like an old Transmat (hey, hang on!) style jam. Initially, the duo of Tony Thorpe and Mustafa Ali released one album entitled The Dawn Of A New Age, which was on sale for little more than a week before it vanished from record store shelves. Decades after it was created, their forgotten debut album became something of a 'must-have' for electronic music collectors.
RHM 025D
27 Oct 17
Deep House
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We Are Righteous People
We Are Righteous People - (4:28) 124 BPM
Bouncing Atoms - (4:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Story has it that Chicago disco legend Sadar Bahar discovered Ben (aka Cosmic Force of Clone/Creme Organization fame) Spaander's Utrecht based studio, and it's said to be housing around 60 synths. Electro fiend Spaander 'was charmed by the electronic elements in Sadar's funk and Sadar loved Ben's ideas.' They claim that nothing was sampled on these two tracks. There's undoubtedly an old school flavour to "We Are Righteous People" with its funky bass, sleazy guitar licks and bongo drums galore over spacy synths. Next up "Bouncing Atoms" gets the party started in fine form with dusty/live sounding drums, more frenetic guitar work and the mandatory cowbells going off all over the place!
13 Oct 17
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Cool Warm Divine EP
Cool Warm Divine - (5:18) 126 BPM
Nobody Else - (4:03) 125 BPM
Twinkerbelly - (4:46) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Unseen - (7:16) 121 BPM
Nobody Else (part 2) - (5:28) 129 BPM
Review: The Abstract Eye is Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, a producer who releases music mainly using the monikers GB, The Reflektor, Frankie Reyes and Julian Abelar. Five prolific, soulful/melodic tracks originally released in 2011 on Valentine Connexion, are now available again courtesy of Amsterdam's always reliable Rush Hour. The extraordinarily gifted Los Angeleno creates striking electronic songs here, which integrate the technological with the spiritual and ancestral. There's respectful nods on here to Motor City greats like Japanese Telecom ("Cool Warm Divine") and John Beltran ("Nobody Else"). Might we also mention "Nobody Else Pt. 2" which channels the cyclical/minimal soul of Internal Empire era Robert Hood: absolutely sublime!
RHM 023
11 Aug 17
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The Move
The Move - (5:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Move (Orlando Voorn remix) - (7:28) 128 BPM
RHM 024
05 May 17
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Word, Sound & Power
Chez Damier - "Morning Factory" (feat Ron Trent) - (10:41) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Prescription - (10:45) 121 BPM
Don't Try It (feat Chez Damier) - (5:58) 122 BPM
Seduction - (13:21) 123 BPM
Pop, Dip & Spin - (9:16) 115 BPM
Energy - (6:53) 123 BPM
Chez Damier - "Sometimes I Feel Like" (feat Ron Trent) - (5:44) 124 BPM
Angora - "Enchantment" - (9:09) 126 BPM
I Feel The Rhythm - (6:18) 124 BPM
Soul Samba Express (feat Anthony Nicholson) - (11:01) 122 BPM
USG - "Life 4 Living" (feat Monica Elam) - (9:00) 120 BPM
Space Ridims - (5:49) 124 BPM
Chez Damier - "Foot Therapy" (feat Ron Trent) - (6:55) 123 BPM
Konfusion Kidzz - "On My Mind" - (12:00) 120 BPM
Morning Feve - (8:11) 115 BPM
Ani - "Love Is The Message" - (5:31) 122 BPM
World, Sky & Universes - "The Answer" - (7:23) 122 BPM
Ron Trent - "Black Magic Woman" (feat Harry Dennis) - (8:00) 82 BPM
Noni - "Be My Friend" - (3:45) 123 BPM
Warp Dub Sound System - "Night Places Darkness Upon The Earth" - (15:31) 120 BPM
Chez Damier - "The Choice" (feat Ron Trent) - (5:41) 123 BPM
History - (10:42) 124 BPM
Chez Damier - "The Meaning" (feat Ron Trent) - (8:55) 119 BPM
Piano Track - (9:20) 125 BPM
Review: During the 1990s, Chez Damier and Ron Trent's Prescription Records did more than any other label to define the sound of Chicago deep house. The label's reputation is such that it's still talked about in hushed tones, with lesser-known back catalogue nuggets remaining in-demand items with DJs and record collectors. This superb, double-disc compilation from Rush Hour tells the story of the label, gathering together both much-played underground anthems (Trent and Damier's "Morning Factory" and "The Choice", the proto-boompty-via-St Germain jazz-house of Angora's "Enchantment", and so on) and sought-after selections. Thrillingly, the collection also boasts a trio of previously unreleased Ron Trent cuts, all of which are superb.
10 Mar 17
Deep House
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Hunch Music
Hiding The Moon (Mick Wills remix) - (10:00) 120 BPM
Crossroads (DJ Fett Burger's Boss Brain Computer mix) - (10:39) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Two radically different remixers get to grips with tracks from Hunee's 2015 Hunch Music album. In Mick Wills' hands, "Hiding the Moon" becomes a dark, drawn out ebm affair, its pulsing bass and nocturnal synth line leading the Korean producer's sound down a dark, eerie path. In stark contrast is DJ Fett Burger's 'Boss Brain Computer' version of "Crossroads". Crisp, resonant break beats underpin the arrangement, and are bookended by prolonged ambient drops that are full of half-heard vocals and mysterious samples. Even for a producer who specialises in left of centre music this remix is one of Fett Burger's most unusual creations.
RHM 021
27 Jan 17
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Hiwa - (3:26) 115 BPM
Paco - (3:16) 120 BPM
Zouklove - (5:41) 103 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Next up is another archival release from Rush Hour. There's little known about Rodap. Hailing from Martinique, in the French West Indies, he began producing more than 30 years ago in a context where many French Caribbean musicians were searching for their own style and fusing traditional heritage (Gwo-Ka, Bel Air, Biguine) with synthetic music. The Beletronic EP features three productions that the label describes as "otherworldly Caribbean electronic dance floor cuts." Rodap recorded them in the '90s and in 2000 but this is the debut on vinyl and digital formats. "Hiwa" is an emotive and epic synth disco journey with razor sharp arpeggios and soothing pan pipes. "Paco" rocks out harder; some razor-sharp synth riffs and euphoric pads soar over some furious drums; this one was wicked! Finally "Zouklove" has more of a loose and lo-slung balearic vibe about it and is perfect for summertime drifting.
27 Jan 17
Deep House
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Best Of 2016
Claude Rodap - "Hiwa" - (3:26) 115 BPM
Leon Vynehall - "Midnight On Rainbow Road" (Beat edit) - (6:28) 109 BPM
Hunee - "Crossroads" (DJ Fett Burger's Boss Brain Computer mix) - (10:39) 120 BPM
Sterac - "Osirion" - (9:11) 134 BPM
Interstellar Funk - "Ama Diver" - (6:04) 120 BPM
Population One - "The Move" - (5:41) 129 BPM
Orlando Voorn - "Let Me Lead The Way" - (6:08) 128 BPM
Claude Rodap - "Zouklove" - (5:41) 103 BPM
Ronald Snijders - "Kaseko Attack" - (3:24) 140 BPM
Steve Watson - "Born To Boogie" - (3:58) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
RHM 2016
13 Jan 17
Deep House
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Surinam Funk Force
Steve Watson - "Born To Boogie" - (3:58) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Jam Band 80 - "Jammin'" (with The Jam Band) - (6:33) 99 BPM
Sonny Khoeblal - "Craziest" - (3:02) 126 BPM
Errol De La Fuente - "Happiness" - (3:58) 131 BPM
Sumy - "The Funky "G"" (Only Comes At Night) - (3:11) 108 BPM
Explosion - "Wakka Mang" - (3:20) 133 BPM
Eddie Tailor - "Love Dance" - (3:43) 128 BPM
Ronald Snijders - "Kaseko Attack" - (3:24) 140 BPM
Astaria - "Jamasa Roro" - (3:23) 130 BPM
Sound Track Orchestra & Silvy - "Tirsa Song" (edit) - (3:46) 57 BPM
Cyntia - "Jhoom Le" - (4:20) 122 BPM
07 Oct 16
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Osirion - (9:11) 134 BPM
Primus - (8:27) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Tube and Berger
Review: Given his reputation for pioneering techno in the Netherlands in the '90s, it is no surprise a broad range of labels are looking to work with Steve Rachmad. Not soon after the man known as Sterac contributed a pair of remixes to an Aera 12" on the mighty Innervisions, Rachmad's earlier material is the subject of a reissue 12" on home turf titans Rush Hour. It's his mid-'90s work for Dutch techno label 100% Pure that is the focus of the Amsterdam operation's attentions here, specifically the cuts "Osirion" and "Primus." Issued together on a '96 12" on 100% Pure, both these tracks are not as widely feted as Sterac classics from the same era like "Sitting On Clouds" but they do demonstrate Rachmad's innate mastery of the Motor City sound. Remastered for 2016, they sound just as fresh some 20 years on!!
RHM 022
24 Jun 16
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Electric Park Square
Cable 54 - (5:48) 120 BPM
Poly Evolver #1 - (3:02) 155 BPM
Ama Diver - (6:04) 120 BPM
Short Sequence - (2:33) 120 BPM
Prototype - (5:24) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Poly Evolver #2 - (1:33) 118 BPM
Played by: Ponty Mython
Review: Having earned his corn in the back office of Rush Hour's Amsterdam HQ, Olf Van Elden is now making his mark as a producer. Previously, he's released fizzing, far-sighted techno and house on Voyage Direct and Tape Records Amsterdam. Here, he delivers his most expansive - and arguably strongest - 12" to date for former employers Rush Hour. There's much to admire, from the pulsing analogue motifs and clanking drum machine percussion of "Cable 54" and semi-ambient gorgeousness of "Poly Evolver #1", to the thumping, industrial-influenced modular throb of "Poly Evolver #2". Arguably best of all, though, are his two hook-ups with Jeroen. Choose between the flitting electronic melodies, snappy beats and dreamy chords of "Prototype", and the drowsy, EBM-goes-Detroit brilliance of "Ama Driver".
RHM 014
29 Apr 16
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Midnight On Rainbow Road
Midnight On Rainbow Road (beat edit) - (6:28) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Midnight On Rainbow Road - (6:23) 109 BPM
Review: Leon Vynehall's "Midnight On Rainbow Road" was one of the undoubted highlights of last year's Musik For Autobahns 2 compilation, so it's no surprise to see it getting a deserved single release. The original version, which sat somewhere between the guitar-laden ambient textures of early System 7 releases and the hypnotic pulse of Detroit beatdown, is here joined by an all new "Beat Edit", designed with club play in mind. Vynehall has done a terrific job with the rework, all told, which underpins his glistening melodic refrains and dreamy chords with a rolling, pitched-down rhythm that makes great use of live-sounding drums. The result is a beatdown/ambient house hybrid that recalls the glory days of the early '90s chill-out room.
RHM 019
26 Feb 16
Deep House
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In My World
Turn Left Right Here - (9:15) 107 BPM
Space Age - (5:50) 120 BPM
Let Me Lead The Way - (6:08) 128 BPM
Goon (feat Trish Van Eynde/Entire Kickless) - (5:19) 130 BPM
Anti Political - (5:16) 136 BPM
At Last - (8:06) 126 BPM
Chicago By Night - (6:17) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Predator's Cave - (5:35) 138 BPM
The Swamp - (7:08) 136 BPM
In My World - (6:06) 130 BPM
Review: Dutch techno legend Orlando Voorn is back! The man behind such seminal aisses as Fix, Designer Loops and Basic Bastard presents a varied palette of grooves on this album, from the smack electro of opener "Turn Left Right Here" and the fierce "Predators Cave" to the high tech soul of "Lead Me The Right Way" or "Anti Political" (which could have been on Transmat it's so soulful). There's some straight up dancefloor gold too of course, such as on "Chicago By Night" and "In My World" but still carry on with some serious injections of futuristic blues! Highly recommended.
RHM 017
26 Feb 16
Minimal/Tech House
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The Light Fantastic
Avenido (Young Marco remix) - (7:06) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Elite (Awanto 3 remix) - (8:33) 125 BPM
Review: No less than two years after The Light Fantastic came out, tracks from Tom Trago's third album are still getting a second look by regular cats from the extended Rush Hour community. Young Marco gets to grips with "Avenido" first, and delivers a patient sermon that glides on featherweight pad lines with snowflake chimes sprinkled on top for good measure. There's still a purposeful beat kicking away underneath the melodic niceties mind you. Awanto 3 meanwhile brings a peak time urgency to "The Elite", dropping some chunky synth stabs over a nagging bassline with a lick of disco exuberance thrown in for good measure.
09 Oct 15
Deep House
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The Light Fantastic
For The Children - (2:57) 120 BPM
Jack Me - (5:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
The Right Wrong - (7:29) 118 BPM
Desire - (4:43) 126 BPM
03 Aug 15
Deep House
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Hunch Music
Woods - (3:12) 125 BPM
Crossroads - (6:50) 124 BPM
Silent Sensation - (5:50) 120 BPM
Rare Happiness - (5:51) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Burning Flower - (3:23) 76 BPM
Error Of The Average - (6:27) 127 BPM
Failed Movement - (3:35) 112 BPM
Hiding The Moon - (7:04) 121 BPM
Bruises - (3:28) 140 BPM
Amo - (1:36) 92 BPM
The World - (6:26) 120 BPM
Review: It's been some six years since Hun Choi made his debut on William Burnett's WT Records imprint. In that time, he's proved incredibly hard to pin down. This debut album for Rush Hour seems designed to continue that trend, offering a series of warm, melodious and curiously Balearic cuts that defy easy categorization. Sure, there are dancefloor-focused moments - see the cacophonous, Detroit-influenced hustle of "Error of the Average", the deep acid madness of "Silent Sensations" and the classic deep house bounce of "Desire" - but also a range of downtempo and ambient jams that arguably impress more. Of these, it's "The World" - a humid exercise in tropical drums, twittering flutes and looped vocal samples - and the sublime, string-laden "Bruises" that really stand out.
RHM 016
06 Jul 15
Deep House
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I Dream You
I Dream You - (5:04) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Get Up - (8:41) 124 BPM
Cactus Juice - (4:29) 129 BPM
Get Up (edit) - (4:51) 124 BPM
Review: Having previously released a mini-album's worth of Vincent Floyd's unreleased early '90s recordings, Rush Hour has decided to re-release one of his most notable original EPs - 1991's Dance Mania released I Dream You. Happily, all four tracks have aged well, with the title track sounding like a near perfect blend of vintage Larry Heard, early Bobby Konders, and the more new age-inclined offerings of the Burrell Brothers. There's a bit more of a New Jersey shuffle to the superb "Get Up" (check out the wonderfully tactile organs and pads), while "Cactus Juice" sees Floyd in Chicago Jack-meets-Detroit techno mode - all alien electronics, clattering machine drums and raw energy.
22 Jun 15
Deep House
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Sounds From The Far East
Saturday Love Sunday - (5:56) 103 BPM
Do It Again - (5:46) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sun Showered - (4:28) 122 BPM
Low Tension (Alternative version) - (5:44) 120 BPM
Hohai Beats - (5:38) 125 BPM
Good Morning - (4:42) 126 BPM
CPM - (4:48) 125 BPM
Rising Sun Up - (4:29) 123 BPM
Voices From Beyond - (4:45) 126 BPM
Purple Haze (edit) - (3:58) 120 BPM
Binary Rondo - (5:11) 96 BPM
Review: For deep house diggers, Soichi Terada has long been a source of inspiration. While he's still active, it's the early '90s material he released on the Far East Recordings label - an imprint he founded soon after his graduation in 1990 - that most excites. Following the 2014 re-release of his sublime hook-up with Nami Shimada, "Sunshower", Rush Hour has decided to put together this excellent retrospective. Compiled by self-confessed fan Hunee, Sounds From The Far East contains a mixture of hard-to-find Terada originals, collaborations, and tracks by fellow Far East Recordings artist Shinichiro Yokota, all in the label's trademark melody-rich, evocative deep house style.
23 Mar 15
Deep House
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