DJs for Climate Action have revealed their Earth Night compilation and party series is returning for 2019 on April 19th. Featuring over 50 artists from 12 countries, the compilation will coincide with a series of fundraising events in Barcelona, Berlin, Brooklyn and Detroit.
It’s the mid-90s and a teenage Antal Heitlager is on an overnight bus to London. When he arrives in the UK capital he plans to spend the day shopping at record stores like Fat Cat, Atlas and Reckless Records before, unable to afford accomodation in the city, returning to Amsterdam overnight that same evening with a fistful of vinyl.
“The most vital part has always been the music selection,” Antal continues. “When we started, musical areas were quite segregated in Amsterdam. You were house or hip-hop or trip-hop or funk or drum & bass. There were people who enjoyed different things but in clubs it wasn’t really mixed up. Nowadays that’s more accessible and accepted. “[As Rush Hour] we have always been all over the place. Something that might not be easy to pin down. When we opened the store we tried to make combinations with different types of sounds.
“I remember clearing dancefloors with these sounds that are now in fashion”
Rush Hour’s longevity musically, though, is largely due to its refusal to be pigeonholed under a specific sound or style. The music they purvey is singularly undefinable, growing from their love of Detroit techno and Chicago house to also encompass a discerning selection of electro, jazz, Afrocentric sounds, funk, soul, Eurocentric techno and way beyond. Through the years the brand has not only become a stamp of impeccable taste, but also a one-stop shop for records and releases that originally flew under the radar of international recognition.
The Rush Hour co-founder also enjoys a busy career as a touring DJ alongside his work for the brand, as well as being a family man with two daughters. “I am still finding out and fine-tuning all the time how to make it work,” he says of his work/life balance. “Often it means little hours of sleep but for now it is good.”
The Warehouse Project has revealed the full 12-week programme for its last ever season at Store Street. You can see the line-up below.
Kicking off with an opening party on Saturday 22nd September that sees Seth Troxler, Dixon, Peggy Gou and more all spin, the programme also sees a Rush Hour day and night party, Jackmaster bring a Numbers showcase and Daniel Avery curate his own event.
The programme currently ends on Wednesday 26th December. It hasn't been confirmed whether the usual new year events will bring the curtain down on Store Street.
Hunee is set to release his long-awaited Rush Hour Music compilation in March. The 12-track effort has been dubbed ‘Hunchin’ All Night’.
Compiling cuts from legend Larry Heard, Pat Thomas, Boncana Maiga, Blak Beat Niks and Kenny Larkin’s Dark Comedy alias, RHMC 001 spans disco, house and African music.
High Hoops is the Manchester party keeping dance music's original values of inclusivity, love and positive vibes, front and centre.
Started back in early 2015 by Marcos Navarro and Robbie Bloomer — who also DJ together under the moniker, High Hoops — the night originally launched as a way for the pair to see DJ Sprinkles in action.“She had never played in Manchester before and neither of us had seen her so we thought we would take it into our own hands and bring her to Manchester,” explains Navarro.
Traumprinz has returned with his first material under the moniker since 2014, drip-feeding ‘Traumprinz 06’ into select record stores over the weekend. It lands via the Giegling-associated Traumprinz label.
The mysterious EP has only been available offline so far as it hasn’t hit Giegling’s shop yet. Discogs users stated it was available at Hard Wax in Berlin, whilst an Instagram user posted a picture of the release at Rush Hour in Amsterdam.
We're pretty fond of Rush Hour Recordings here at DJ Mag HQ, and now fans of the label (old and new) can look back on some of the imprint's best releases from the last twelve months.
With big tunes from Hunee, Leon Vynehall, Joy Orbison and lots more, this might just be one of the best wrap-up compilations of 2015.
Right now, it is already available on RH's Bandcamp page and it is due for purchase on other digital platforms on 1st December.
Check it here.