Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road

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.

2000Black – Make It Hard

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

Awanto 3 – Opel Mantra pt. 1

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.

Mixtape Monday #26

I was gonna dedicate this post to the new Ossie mixtape alone, but with no playlist available and some other quality tapes around I revived that old Mixtape Monday.

So Ossie will be playing Room 3 at Fabric next Friday, and as if we could ever forget Set The Tone, the London producer came up with a very nice mixtape. Download, play, then read the Q&A.

Just like last year, Amsterdam based label Rush Hour put out a mix of their best releases of 2011. Incidently there’s also a compilation of the same name and it’s available now (thanks Green Tea Session!)

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.

And lastly, listen to Benji B’s Deviation String Quartet, recorded in October on the London Eye (remember the video?)

Weekend Mixtapes

Let’s see, you got new mixtapes from Flying Lotus and Dego this week. Looks like you’re well supplied for the weekend already, otherwise here are some more.

The Valentine Mix from Breakbot still does it for me, but then I found this new one on Crazy Birds and it’s just as good. Summer disco vibes.

This Saturday, New York’s MoMa is hosting a Warm Up party featuring an allstar line-up of Four Tet, SBTRKT, Matthewdavid and Falty DL. The latter also has warm up for the Warp Up, a mixtape hosted by The Fader.

Lando Kal did a mix for Rush Hour sublabel Direct Current, playing nothing but records released on the label.

Beat Dimension’s Jay Scarlett‘s plays some new music on the latest La Menuiserie podcast, and Daisuke Tanabe has put togehter a promo mix for CDR.

Of course you can go visit Boiler Room‘s website anytime you’re in need for a mix. Recent guest selectors include Scuba, Mount Kimbie (live), Mark Pritchard, Photek, Guido or Space Dimension Controller.

Virgo Four – It’s A Crime (Caribou Mix)

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.

Merry Mixtapes

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.

Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson met with one of his musical heroes, jazz pianist and synthesizer genius Herbie Hancock. Listen to what they’ve been up to on the Worldwide Podcast.

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!

Mixtape Monday #18

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.

The last Pete Concrete mix is only about a month old, but the Eat Concrete head already made another one. Get this exclusive Eat my Garbage mix for Nalden.

Fresh out of the Hoya:Hoya stable comes a mix by its co-founder and 2010 RBMA alumni Illum Sphere.

If you’re missing Lukid‘s sessions on Ustream, here’s a little compensation: for the all new Svetlana Industries shortcast he has put together a mix.

Rush Hour‘s Antal was visiting São Paulo for the Bienal and brought back some records you can listen to on Brasil Show part 1.

Lastly, here are two mixes from the Resident Advisor podcast. Last week they were graced by a dubstep-meets-techno mix by Kowton, this week they have a house mix by the trio of Detroit Beatdown.

Musica de Futebol

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.

Musica de Futebol

More Brazilian music in a football context can be found on Mr. Bongo’s Musica de Futebol, Sonar Kollektiv’s Paz e Futebol or Far Out Futebol Brasil.

Back to the mixtape, you can download it here or there!

Mixtape Monday #11

Resident Advisor have a little anniversary to celebrate, their 200th podcast went online today. It was put together by no other than Detroit legend Carl Craig.

The guys from Warm have another great offering this week, a mix from Chris of Amsterdam’s label (and record-store) Rush Hour. It focuses on early Chicago house and comes with a nice interview.

Also hosted by Warm is this new mix by Alex From Tokyo, called NYC Edition.

Greymatter has completed the third of his 2Steppin Into Tomorrow mixes, featuring new music from Seiji, Cosmin TRG, Floating Points, Roska and more.

Another live-recording from the recent Brainfeeder Session in London has shown up, this time it’s the set from Nosaj Thing.

Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio had a guestmix from Lone, which you can grab here.

Some old bits can be found on Luke Vibert’s UK Hardcore Rap mix or this Autechre live-set from 1996.

Tom Trago – Voyage Direct Live Takes

Record Sleeve

Record Sleeve

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.

A. Over & Edit
B. Use Me Again

You can get a vinyl copy directly from Rush Hour or buy the digital release on places like Juno Download.

Daniel Wang presents Balihu 1993-2008

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

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.

01. Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream
02. Daniel Wang – Get Up Get Up
03. Daniel Wang – Warped
04. Daniel Wang – On The Moon
05. Daniel Wang – East Village Hustle
06. Daniel Wang – The Twirl
07. Daniel Wang – In The Street
08. Daniel Wang – In A Golden Haze
09. Daniel Wang – Free Lovin
10. Daniel Wang – Glow Worms
11. Daniel Wang – Sven Shadows
12. Daniel Wang – Disco Delay
13. Daniel Wang – ADSR
14. Daniel Wang – Iye-Ubao
15. Daniel Wang – Ah… N’Arrete Pas
16. Daniel Wang – NYTK (1978 mix)

01. Daniel Wang – Thousand Mirror Moon *
02. Daniel Wang – Let’s Go To Mars
03. Daniel Wang – Solarian Six
04. Carlos Hernandez – Shyboy 123 *
05. Brennan Green – No Matter
06. Daniel Wang – Zeit Ist Ein Fluss *
07. Daniel Wang – Blau Drei
08. Brennan Green – Behind The Ocean
09. Brennan Green – Nolitas Magnet *
10. Ilya Santana – Crystal Sea
11. Ilya Santana – Wicked Sequence *
12. Massimiliano Pagliara – Beach Birds

* CD exclusive track

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.

Beat Dimensions 2

Tonight at London’s Plastic People, Rush Hour and burntprogress are hosting the release party of the upcoming Beat Dimensions 2 compilation.

It will be out on CD this fall and contains an all-star cast of beatmakers including Dimlite, Nosaj Thing, Exile, Fulgeance, Mike Slott and Dorian Concept. Vinyl lovers should be reminded of getting EP1 and EP2 while they are still available. The tracklisting for the CD goes like this:01. Dorian Concept – Be Tween
02. Nosaj Thing – FWD
03. Zo aka La Chauve-Souris – The Peacock Revolution
04. Low Limit – Turf Day
05. Danny Breaks – The Sound
06. Pudge – Reign Dancing With The Stars
07. Dizz1 – Konotakosuke Yaro
08. Samiyam – Swamp Tarts
09. Mike Slott – Cadeting
10. MonoPoly – Distant From
11. Ras G – Crazy Alien
12. Dimlite – Ravemonds Young Problems
13. Devon – Welts
14. Erik L – Soularp Suite Part 2
15. Kenlo Craqnuques – Zoid
16. Tiago – Babel Fish
17. Dalt Wisney – R2FUX
18. Fulgeance – Haggis
19. Exile – Super Robot
20. Busy – Ecliptic Armilla

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.


Ravemond's Young Problems

Switzerland’s finest beatmaker Dimlite has posted a new video, which was made for a track exclusively available on the new Beat Dimensions compilation.

The Beat Dimensions 2 samplers are available on limited vinyl and as digital download, featuring tracks by Nosaj Thing, Dorian Concept, Mono/poly, Fulgeance and others.

Tom Trago's Voyage Direct Video

A music video to featured album Voyage Direct by Tom Trago has been produced by Circus Family. It was directed by Vincent van de Waal and Wouter Westen and was first played at the release party at Trouw Amsterdam.

via Nalden