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Selections: Antal

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, ahead of Rush Hour’s 25th birthday celebrations at GALA Festival, Antal spotlights 10 gems from its tastemaking catalogue

GALA returns to London’s Peckham Rye park this weekend (26th - 28th May). Over three days, the South London festival will herald the start of summer with its programme of local and international talent. House, garage and disco fans will be in there element during sets from the likes of Kerri Chandler (Live), Tarzsa, Dalston Superstore resident Jaye Ward, Move D, Bradley Zero and Kornél Kovacs, while those in the mood for more sound system-shaking material in the techno, jungle and wider UK club sphere will find plenty to sink their teeth into thanks to Overmono, Anz, AceMoMa, Ahadadream, Byron Yeates b2b THC, Jamz Supernova b2b Tash LC, OK Williams and more. Take a look at the full line-up, and be tempted by the last remaining tickets, here.

On Saturday, beloved Amsterdam record label and store Rush Hour will host a stage takeover as part of its 25th birthday celebrations. With sets lined up from founder Antal, Latin music expert Coco Maria, festival essential HUNEE, Brighter Days selectors Kamma & Masalo, and Chicago don Mark Grusane, it’s the optimum anniversary soirée for the dance music institution, whose tastemaking catalogue has steered trends touched on every style on offer over the weekend. 

You’ll no doubt hear tracks from its sprawling discography on numerous stages throughout the festival, but to give you a taste of what to expect from the Rush Hour takeover, Antal has sifted through the archives to spotlight ten definitive gems. Dive in below. 

Revisit DJ Mag’s reviews of GALA 2021 and 2022.

Gigi Testa

“Gigi Testa: a bona fide Neapolitan hero with his second release for the RH label.”

Arp Frique
‘Nos Magia’

“Great modern Cape Verdean tune with vocals by the legend Americo Brito.”

Stanislas Tohon
‘Owhaaou! (Raphael Top-Secret edit)’

“Big tune edited by RTS and compiled via Hunee/RH in 2018.”

Daniel Monaco
‘Life Lesson feat. Mame N’Diack Seck’

“Another Neapolitan-Amsterdam connection with some great modern disco vibes!”

Soichi Terada
‘Takusambient (Alex Attias Remix)’

“A long-time favourite producer, Alex Attias, remixes Japan’s Soichi Terada. Wicked track!”

Mother Tongue
‘Message Is Love’

“The most amazing late ‘80s vocal UK house nugget!”

‘Cometh The Butlerian Jihad’

“The most amazing electro by this under-the-radar but legendary UK techno outfit!”

Passion Dance Orchestra

“The essence of soulful deep house by this multi-instrumentalist and great producer, Lars Bartkuhn.”

‘Find A Place In This Crazy World (Ron Trent Remix)’

“Find your place! Put a little love into it!”

Dream 2 Science
‘Mystery Of Love’

“An absolute classic – lovely ‘90s house jam from New York!”