Gerd Janson’s impeccable taste in music is well-documented on two Computer Incarnations For World Peace compilations (I & II) and, of course, his DJ-mixes (make sure to check his appearance on the Hessle Audio show!) The spiritual successor to the mentioned compilations has to be the “Musik for Autobahns” series on Dutch label Rush Hour. Hot off the shelf, the second installment features the majestic tune by Leon Vynehall you can hear above. Reason for me to check, if not buy the record.
You can pick up “Musik for Autobahns” on CD and vinyl, directly from Rush Hour – or every good record store.
Dego and the usual suspects Kaidi Tatham and Akwesi Mensah have reunited under the name of 2000Black and are about to release their first EP on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour imprint. And whether it’s the name of this renowned label or the fruits of Dego’s creative exchange with FaltyDL, the most suprising element for me in this liaison is big music sites such as Resident Advisor or XLR8R are actually writing about it! A good thing since these cats have been overlooked way out too often in the last decade or so.
“Make It Hard” is one of three tracks on the EP, and you can pre-order your copy from the Rush Hour store. If I remember correctly, Alexander Nut was playing another new cut by Dego & Kaidi, taken from a forthcoming record on Eglo, their second following the self-titled debut from last year. Keep your eyes peeled!
Update Actually, Alexander Nut played the mentioned Dego & Kaidi track again last weekend
Steven de Peven has always been the somewhat quiet partner in Rednose Distrikt, maybe simply overshadowed by the solo work of his colleagues Aardvarck and Kid Sublime. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, that he started putting his own name on the musical map, most notably through collaborations with fellow Dutchmen Tom Trago and San Proper. That is about to change with his first solo album under his Awanto 3 alias, forthcoming on the renowned Rush Hour label.
The vinyl version of “Opel Mantra” will be split over three discs, the first part seeing the light of day on next Monday, February 24th, and featuring a remix from Jameszoo. Pre-order from the label’s own store or Clone.
Having put out quality house music all throughout the year, Wolf Music can hardly be called a secret anymore. I’ve featured some of their mixtapes before, their latest comes from label head Matt and is available here!
More than three years ago, I’ve posted a video about this Blakai tune and it’s a shame that one never came out. I’m going to wait some more, but first I’ll hear what Mark Force put on his new mix.
Like with the Ossie set above, RAMP Recording‘s Tom Kerridge did a Fabric mix the other week. Kinda forgot about it, but luckily it’s still around.
Following Virgo Four‘s stunning Resurrection box set, Rush Hour has released a first set of remixes this week. This is the A-side from Dan Snaith’s Caribou project, the flipside holds a remix by Hunee and the original version.
If you don’t have a copy of Resurrection in your shelf yet, let us also remind you of this megamix by Legowelt, made of nothing but tracks from that album.
If you’re on a trip to your family, this could be your last minute chance to fill up your iPod. We had a couple of merry mixtapes last year, and thanks to an all-week laziness there’s enough good stuff to share with you.
The Crazy Birds have posted a Rush Hour mix by Cool Chris, celebrating the label that just won a couple of awards for the best label of 2010.
This year meant a strong move forward for James Blake, who after a strong series of EPs got an album coming out early 2011. He also played a fine DJ set at the Boiler Room this week, make sure to download that one!
More new music to be expected in 2011 comes from Spacek’s Morgan Zarate, who got an 12-inch on Hyperdub in the making. He also layed down a mix for Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio.
Lastly, I got three dubstep mixes for you. The first comes from Peverelist for Futureproofing, the second is the new XLR8R podcast by Oneman, and the third is a promo by Pariah for the NYE party he’s playing at.
Update Also have to mention Fulgeance’s guestmix, which was posted today a year ago. Never growing tired of that one!
For the last week or so, I was hardly listening to anything else but that Theo Parrish Special on Benji B’s show. Listening to the iPlayer is more important than you might think, it’s a direct way to measure the popularity of a show – something that might in the end decide whether a show will be continued. In the case of last week’s show I did all I could, but now you can no longer listen to it. Unless you download a recording.
I have posted this old Dego mix for BTS some weeks ago, now it’s officially back in the archive. Not to be confused with his more recent guestmix, posted in February.
To give his all new 12-inch an extra push, former Bugz in the Attic man Seiji has posted a new mix. Available as stream and download.
This mixtape from Rush Hour’s Antal was actually made for the 2006 World Cup, but with the seleção entering the tournament on Tuesday, this is a good time to bring it back. Enjoy one hour of Brazilian gems with football commentaries as interludes.
Almost a year ago, I wrote about Tom Trago‘s album Voyage Direct. It was succeeded by two EPs with remixes from Actress, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Aardvarck or Sotu the Traveller.
On Live Takes, Tom Trago revisits the album one more time. As the title suggests, it features outtakes from his live performances. My favourite has to be the “Use Me Again”, which constantly blends between the original track and the Trago version from the album. Voyage Direct wasn’t exactly a shy attempt getting people on the dancefloor, but the bangers on this EP will show no mercy and drag you there.
Besides releasing some of the freshest contemporary music, Amsterdam’s Rush Hour label continuously looked back to revive some classic electronic masterpieces. They brought back some of Carl Craig’s earlier work and put out exclusive box sets with music by Kenny Larkin or Rick Wade.
For their latest release, they teamed up with the legendary Daniel Wang to release a retrospective of the last 15 years of his Balihu label. Together with his then fellow New Yorkers Metro Area, Daniel has been keeping alive the disco sound for more than a decade and must now be considered a forerunner of the new wave of disco music.
As you can expect, Balihu 1993-2008 collects tracks from the label’s back-catalogue, which is out of print for a long time. Some tracks were slightly shortened or re-edited to fit on two CDs. According to Rush Hour, the central parts of each song and their basic structure remains unchanged. Needless to say that all tracks were digitally cleaned up and remastered as well.
I guess the tough choice will be which version to get. Balihu 1993-2008 is available on 2 CDs (RH 108CD) or split up over two 2-LPs (RH 108-LP1 & RH 108-LP2, each limited to 500 pieces). All tracks from the LPs are also featured on the CD or the digital download. However, if you don’t want to miss a single track, you need to go for the CD version plus the 12-inch sampler (RH 108-12). The latter contains two previously unreleased tracks.
Also let me mention that Beats in Space host Tim Sweeney has put together a mixtape for Pitchfork, which features 16 tracks from this fine release.
But let’s talk about those mixtapes I actually wanted to write about. As Mymanhenri pointed out, Jay Scarlett put a BD mixtape on his SoundCloud page. Looking around a bit further, it turns out there’s another one from Cinnaman.