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Techno icon DJ Rush picks 10 amazing pre-party tracks

Music to get you in the mood for the rave from a techno icon with an unwavering love of bass...

DJ Rush is a techno icon.

A selector since the late '80s, cutting his teeth with a residency at the Reactor in Chicago, he quickly became a central figure in the city’s scene.

Through the '90s and '00s he became revered for his rhythmic style and the relentless energy in his sets as well as in-your-face anthems like 'Motherfucking Bass' and dubbier cuts including 'Dax Up Beat'. He has also released techno royalty in the shape of Jeff Mills, much slept on producers including Paul Langley and his own aliases Russian Roulette and Major Rush on his still prolific Kne' Deep label.

Maintaining a relentless touring schedule, DJ Rush has been locked for huge bookings at Awakenings Festival in June and the Gashouder at Amsterdam Dance Event this year. He also plays Nina Kraviz’s трип showcase on Friday 15th June as part of the OFFSónar series at Poble Espanyol – which runs from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th June.

Below, DJ Rush shows a different side to his record collection, choosing ten insanely amazing pre-party tracks to get your body ready for the rave, which include a number of under-sung techno releases from 2018.

 


 

1. J Fernandes
'The Spanker'
(Kne' Deep)

2. DJ Scale Ripper
'Kovacs on Acid'
(Subwoofer Records)

3. Basic Frame
'Metal Blows (Tool Mix)'
(Gynoid Audio)

4. Axel Karakasis
'Desolate Madness'
(Remain Records)

5. Stigmata
'Cone of Power'
(Modular Source)

6. Human Insect
'Extreme Solution'
(Bad Reputation)

7. Oscar P
'Eish'
(Open Bar Music)

8. Scarlet Zwart
'Vanguard'
(Toxic Recordings)

9. 0010x0010
'Stranded On Neptune'
(Dreizehn Schallplatten)

10. Sandro Galli
'Conspiracy'
(Elektrax Recordings)

(Photo: Marie Staggat)

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