::: RECORD OF THE WEEK


Rush Hour store's highlights!
Every week, our staff pick a favourite record from all the goodies that drop in the store. This archive shows all of the Record of The Week titles to date.


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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: GB (GIFTED AND BLESSED) - THE XPANDER EP + THE PROVIDER EP)




It’s no secret that we are big fans of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker here at Rush Hour. For the ones that are with us in this - Sorry. No new works have arrived at our shop… We got hold of a batch of original copies, plus a new issue of a favorite dropped in. We do have an excuse to make these two titles record of the week today: it’s always a good time to highlight Gifted and Blessed.

So what do we have? The updated version of the sublime “The Provide EP”, with new artwork by the man himself! 100 copies of this special edition, in different bright colours… check it out. And: Stock of “The Expander” (2010) popped up, so copies of the original release are available again. This two tracker holds two courageous spaced out club tracks.

Whatever the LA based producer creates, it’s divine, particular, refined, emotional electronic music. For instance, Kelela’s highly beautiful song ’The High’, featured on her Hallucinogen EP (Warp) is produced by GB, as well as music for Steve Spacek, J DaVey and others.

In House Of Music issue five, we asked Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker to elaborate on the music’s spirit. For this occasion, we published the article also online. Enjoy the read and the music!

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: CIRCUITRY FEAT ELECTRO WAYNE - FREAK (PPU 088)




After “She’s Just That Type”, the Washington based winners return with 5 more funk bombs, by Electro Wayne & Lo Joe Written.

There’s not much known about these producers. The tracks almost sound like they made these today, but they were composed, produced and arranged by Circuitry for Circuit Shock Productions, recorded Live at Short Circuit Studios between 1985-1987.

What’s sure is that PPU bring more bangers to the table… Very heavy disco and electro cuts! Play these loud…

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: BLAWAN - WET WILL ALWAYS DRY (TESC 005)




Blawan's very strong 8 track debut album! Released a few weeks ago and almost sold out, however, more copies of “Wet Will Always Dry” will drop in this week.

The fact that we haven’t highlighted this bomb before is quite unacceptable, so hereby our second chance. Blawan’s debut album proves perfectly what we already knew: he’s a very exciting member of the illustrious banging UK techno family alongside artists such as Karenn, Untold, well presented by Ben UFO for example.

A school in techno that is so minimalistic and formulaic that it’s quite hard to achieve a signature approach. Well Blawan again proves it's possible. It’s all in the smallest details… Listening close from A to Z, we hear an album that is deeply rooted in the UK tradition, but with unexpected turns, unusual polyrhythmic drum programming and with sounds that are arranged in an unusual, surprising manner.

At the store we hear an exceptional sense for detail in every track, knowing that the stripped down music will hit our chests hard on a big system…

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: V/A - SALSOUL SOUNDS FAMILIAR (SALSBMG 16 LP)




The Sounds Familiar agency doesn’t just offer flight shares… They now bring their artists under attention with a marvelous compilation release. Special!

Sounds Familiar teams up with Salsoul and invites its artists to create interpretations of the Salsoul catalogue. From its inception in the 70s, Salsoul has been a big player in dance music and it’s always been a foundation for Sounds Familiar's artist family. Over time, the label’s music has been endlessly rediscovered, sampled, re-edited and appreciated over and over again, many of our favourite artists undoubtedly reach for tracks from the catalogue to play out.

The funny thing about this story is, that this compilation started with just a T-shirt… To carry out their respect for the label, Sounds Familiar artists started wearing their interpretation of the Salsoul logo. The special collaborative release shines a light deep in the Salsoul attic, to lovingly rework tracks for 2018's discotheques by those who know, feel and understand the label, the dancefloor and respect traditions while adding something a little bit different and a little bit new.

Solid reworks coming from a strong family for us all to enjoy!

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: JORDAN ZAWIDEH - ACID SERIES VOL. 3 (IT 40)




This week’s record of choice is “Acid Series Vol. 3”, a very dope, clever 12” released on the glorious Interdimensional Transmissions, run by two flag-bearers of the off-kilter school of Detroit house, techno & electro.

For this particular label series, called No Way Back, the label called Chicago’s Jordan Zawideh, who responds with 4 powerful, well programmed new takes, merging Chicago and Detroit’s house, electro & techno tradition. subtle, moving bangers for fans of Drexciya as well as Matt Warren’s AKA Dancing.

Jordan Zawideh's music perfectly reflects his personal migration from Detroit to Chicago. The label explain: “His debut record was on K Starke Records in 2014, and while he was working at the store, the concept for "No One (Jacks The Box)" came together. Kevin Starke proposed a concept for a collaboration, using an old Chicago radio ad, so Jordan borrowed a 303 & 707 from Kevin and some gear from Beau Wanzer, but Kevin never made the session. Jordan has also released on the Nation box set, and is part of the No Way Back family. Jordan lives like a monk, in total dedication to learning his machines and advancing his craft. He is also an accomplished DJ. BMG on his edit of "Magellanic Cloud" - "this is my fantasy version of this jam, its so lost in it, like a cool mature Chicago take on Gerald's jam for the Silicon Ghetto series on Accelerate, or Mika Vainio's "Spirality"."

As you can already read, Interdimensional Transmissions’ head-honchos BMG & Erika are very thorough. No wonder that their RBMA radio shows are sick! “Techno for Detroit, not for export.”, as they state. On these shows, esteemed guests such as Carl Craig and Chris & Cosey give in-depth insights in their musical lives.

Inter dimensional Transmissions’ Acid Series all arrive in a unique sleeve especially created, inspired by the decorations of NWB.

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: TRIBE OF COLIN - LIONSPRINTCOMPLETE INTENTHOUSAND PRACTICESTHUS COMEONE (CHANT 9)




More exotic fruits from the tribe! The John T Gast affiliate (or persona) serves up “LIONSPRINTCOMPLETE INTENTHOUSAND PRACTICESTHUS COMEONE”, a short long-player filed under techno, that is cryptic and foggy, yet extremely bright.

The label say: ’A mysterious box arrived at the office labelled 'Tsho-Drong Zimpo'. Inside were incense sticks, a bubble wrapped DAT tape with a telephone number on it. We lit the sticks, ran the DAT and a call was made almost immediately.'

The title of Tribe Of Colin's LP already gives it away: this versatile six-tracker speaks a curious, unfamiliar language. Although rarely explained on the world wide web, it’s certainly not belittled! We think the only way to get familiar with this tribe, is to join their arcane world. Through John T Gast’s shows on NTS for instance. Biggest tip, very exciting stuff to explore! Let’s go…

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: VIOLENT QUAND ON AIME - S/T (KH 015)




It’s in the air… a certain electronic griminess with a whiff of Memphis combined. EBM seems to get the hip-hop treatment, materializing in new, original sounds in many forms. Artists like Zaliva-D and Tzusing are good examples for this new taste in dance music, but moreover… check out the French group Violent Quand On Aime.

Already a year ago, Knekelhuis main man Mark Van de Maat advised us to keep an eye out, mentioning the band as one of his fave contemporaries in RH’s House Of Music fan zine. We’re finally hearing the group’s debut mini-LP.

Coming from different regions in France, Violent Quand On Aime’s members have joined forces to canalize their energies. Expect cetrain electronic griminess with hints of 90’s hiphop, postpunk alienation and an affinity for Musique Concrète. The overall experience is similar to the excitement one feels when hearing something genuinely original.

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: TRANSLLUSION - A MOMENT OF INSANITY (CAL 012)




Beauty + James Stinson = inevitably Record Of The Week. Clone return with previously unreleased Transllusion material, created by Detroit’s electro don. How amazing to receive unheard Stinson material today, 16 years after his decease… Not much information is given on this 4 track EP of the Drexciya member. Get ready for Moment 1 (A1), Moment 2 (A2), Moment 3 (B1) and Moment 4 (B2).

The label gives a bit of context to the music: ‘2001, the first year of the 21st century and,especially for many born in the 60's, 70's and 80's, the year that was surrounded with an aura of "the Future" and which became symbol of the new and unknown things that life has in store, the starting year of a new transgression period in both scientific, cultural and spiritual evolution. In that year Transllusion recorded music in the Dimensional Waves Productions studio of which till date two known productions saw a release: "The opening of the Cerebral Gate" and shortly after that the mysterious "L.I.F.E." album on Rephlex.’

A full play offers us a way to touch base again, after moving forward and sideways for decades. “A Moment Of Insanity” unveils more of Detroit’s timeless intergalactic futurism that we love so much.


::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: KIRKIS - VIDE (MODED 001)




An introduction to a sad, weird, extraordinarily musical and remarkably scattered yet clean cinematic image… Floating Points band member Kirkis’ strong persona and musicality shows from his amazing solo debut album. Mind altering stuff for fans of Suicide, Folerio, Ariel Pink, Gary Wilson, Bobby Brown’s prayers of a one mand band…

Kirkis proposes his vision through layered and polished music with a strong, cohesive visual counterpart combined. Our introduction to the Australian artist was his impressive video for the track “Finally”, Kirkis’ version of the 1990 Strangeways prison riots in Manchester, which he released last year. Love, loss and emptiness shine through in his works.

“Vide” holds 13 proposals of beauty. Biggest tip… Sit down with a bevy to take it all in.


::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: MGUN - AXIOM (DBALP 004)




Classic house alert! or techno, ...or? MGUN’s second album holds a surprising broad spectrum of influences. The Detroit native has expanded his engineering techniques and his musical approach after his debut album on the same label: Don’t Be Afraid.

The man and his tools: Metroplex and a doggie. The cover of Axiom introduces MGUN’s background, the love for his home and what’s homegrown in his city. The label say:
“Once more envisioned and engineered in his native city of Detroit, the record finds MGUN in more auspicious and domestic circumstances. Now firmly a father and a homeowner, 'Axiom' allows Gonzales to flex his party muscle, while further pushing the elastic boundaries of his notoriously unpredictable and brilliantly raw production style.”

Axiom also teaches us that certain tracks date back years, and have slowly matured. Others, "such as the gloriously unhinged '359' were rapidly produced to capture the inspiring energy of a late-night Glaswegian rave". Heavy!

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: I:CUBE - DOUBLE PACK (VER 120)




A Versatile mainstay returns… I:Cube's new EP “Double Pack” holds six new tracks that are - as usual - very well constructed like only I:Cube can. (this review is actually an invitation to carefully check out his catalog, which is extensive and over all rock solid, moving and mind blowing.)

From the late night cosmic-balearic feel of the first track "Flutes Souterraines" to the acid indigestion inducing fingering of the "Troglo Dance” to the deep cavernous bass-line creepings of 'Ramurc', “Double Pack” is a welcome return to form!

We chose two Versatile-record-of-the-weeks in a row, without an apology. For the simple fact that the Parisian label slaps us in the face three times this month. Firstly with their wonderful Rex Ilusivii compilation, secondly with sir I:Cube and thirdly with the split 7” that also holds a striking edit by Abel Nagengast.

Eat your heart out!



::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: REX ILUSIVII - SELECTED WORKS (VERLP 36)




The collection of tracks on this 2LP again show the musical genius that Mitar Subotić a.k.a. Suba a.k.a. Rex Ilusivii was. A while ago, Vladimir Ivkovic introduced us to “The King of Illusions”, now Versatile label owner Gilbert Cohen (Gilb'r) presents more facets of this extraordinary imaginary musician. “Selected Works” is a journey through percussive ambient sounds, well composed otherworldly cinematic soundscape tracks with sometimes off-kilter vocals.

Mitar Subotić aka Rex Ilusivi was a successful yet mythical producer who worked as a writer, arranger, producer. He was involved in many projects in his short life. Born and raised in Serbia, he had a very successful musical career in his home country. In 1990, he moved to São Paulo to study music and stayed. In Brazil, he created best selling records (for example Tanto Tempo, with Bebel Gilberto). In 1999, his studio with his recordings caught fire and in an attempt to rescue the recordings, Subotić sadly died at the age of 38. Despite his legacy, only a handful of his solo works were released until recently.

“A world where the spirit of a genius holds sway. I remember spending an entire night at Vladimir's house in Germany, listening to all those recovered pieces, and feeling like I had entered another space-time”, Versatile main man Gilbert comments.

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: STEVEN JULIEN - BLOODLINE (AA 02)




The man behind Funkineven returns… and how. The rhythm juggler has created multiple winner EPs under a variety of aliases, however, he saves his real name for his album work. His personal name is evidently good for more creative freedom. We hear an album with multiple dance floor winners in fine style.

Steven Julien started in 2009 with releases on Alexander Nut’s and Floating Point’s Eglo Records. Nine years, eighteen EPs and two albums later, he basically still uses the same elements for his recordings: an Akai MPC, some Roland synths, an 808, all mixed together on tape. The new Steven Julien story is titled “Bloodline” and consists of seven chapters. It’s become the new chapter after “Fallen”, but for these works he chose a different language; the language of his family. We hear more Julien, tweaked with unheard recording techniques, enhanced with some new outboard gear.

“Bloodline” is a MPC driven, 808 layered recording, on “Roll Of A Dice”, Steven Julien brings us back to the future in his inimitable acid-hip-hop style. After the first 3 tracks, we are wide awake and energized. Ready. The title track slaps us in the face - an unapologetic electro banger with saturated 808 sounds. It reminds us a bit of the Pantzerkreuz recordings sound from The Hague to give an example. The samples in “Apache” are lush, with rattling drum programming combined. And yes… it’s all very much in Steven Julien style.

According to Steven Julien, “Bloodline” is awesome for home listening. So, what kind of album would he create to specifically please a dance floor…? WHAAA

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: MR FINGERS - CEREBRAL HEMISPHERES (ML 9017)




It’s pretty overwhelming when a master returns after a long hiatus. “Cerebral Hemispheres” is Larry Heard’s first full length album as Mr. Fingers in almost 25 years. There’s no need to say that Mr. Heard has had a huge influence on the musical development of house music in general and of course, on Rush Hour in many ways.

So, how do you approach such a moment? Like with a tasting, it’s important to start with a clean slate. ‘Don’t expect anything’, we advise ourselves. This album holds new works from a Master. It implies that “Cerebral Hemispheres” needs at least a few full plays before we should jump to conclusions…

After the first play it becomes clear that Heard has created more unique sounding Mr. Fingers works. Meaning: “Cerebral Hemispheres” holds soft spoken songs alternated with silky instrumental tracks for as well dance floors and home listening. Just like the previous albums, the album’s aesthetic has the spirit of the musical age in which it’s made. However, it’s new that Mr. Fingers has incorporated musical approaches from other aliases. For instance, the more epic “Electron” sounds in the vein of “Mercurian Funk” (made as Larry Heard). “Inner Acid” must be the brilliant reply to “Outer Acid”, which Heard released in 2016 as a teaser. Both dance floor hymns prove Heard’s unique musical subtlety.

It’s hard to be conclusive… we would have big trouble rating it. Because who are we to judge the works of a master? Wat becomes clear from the calm compositions, Larry’s vocal parts and the sound palette of “Cerebral Hemispheres”, is that not only times have changed, but that Heard has grown older. “Cerebral Hemispheres” seems to be the new, sharp musical result of a very down to earth, modest composer. Everyone becomes older… but the older one becomes, the more one realizes how little changes essentially?

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::: RECORD OF THE WEEK ::: JAMAL MOSS (HIEROGLYPHIC BEING) - ACID TAKEN OVER




Jamal Moss his output is generous. He releases curious dance floor jams and more, as Hieroglyphic Being, I.B.M., IAMTHATIAM, and as part of the groups such as Africans With Mainframes, Chicago Bad Boys, Faces Drums, Interplanetary Prophets, The Angel Race, The Sun God… In the world of the genii, Jamal Moss is one of the unstoppable. Maybe he’s as productive as how J Dilla was, and the Dutch Legowelt is.

It’s a challenge to keep up with Jamal’s release flood, but the freaks stay focussed. For a reason.

A good question for one to ask oneself: ‘How many times has a Jamal record totally electrified me on a dance floor?’ Presumably the answer will be: ‘Many times’. When that happens, the jam is presented to us by a DJ, but off course we don’t mind to find out about it ourselves in record stores also. So… we have to stay focussed.

“Acid Taken Over” is an Jamal Moss favorite over here in the store…

Tadd Mullinix, the artist of whom we made four albums record of the week last week, already pinpointed Mr Moss his distinguished, mystical talent very eloquently: 'Jamal Moss has cultivated an unmistakable sonic vocabulary. Genre signifiers are contorted into perplexing polyrhythms of perpetual dynamism and velocity. The chirps and squelches of acid heritage are subverted and lunged into new zones without sacrificing spirit. This is another essential statement from an impossibly unique and uncompromising talent.'

Immerse yourself in his versatility and Jamal-like beyond-acid with seven tracks. “Acid Taken Over” holds jams taken from last year's Acid Attacks cassette, plus an exclusive track. Finally pressed on vinyl.

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DABRYE ONE-TWO-THREE/THREE + INSTRMNTL



Remember ‘Machines'? 'Encoded Flow'? 'Smoking The Edge', 'Missing You'? All made available again, plus… loads of fresh new futuristic beats after 12 years! Dabrye the beat creator returns to finally close his album trilogy. With 4 wonderful Dabrye titles in our shop as a result.

To Tadd Mullinix, Dabrye was just one of his artistic personas to canalize specific musical ideas… Isn’t it hard to believe that he’s also the guy behind JTC and Charles Manier??!! With Three/Three, multi-face Mullinix drops more multi references to the hey days of boombap, way back when greats such as RZA, Dilla, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammed and many more ruled the scenes. This final chapter holds fantastic collaborations with many all time hip-hop greats, such as Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson, MF Doom and Shigeto. It’s like a young boy’s dream to work with all these legends for just one record, right?

So we have 4 wonderful works in-store now… All must haves, in our humble opinion. Quite essential to have a birthday party planned soon! Good luck with that 😉

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ALTIN GUN - ON (BJR 025)



“Why don’t we start a Turkish disco band?” is what Dutch bass player Jasper Verhulst thought when he was on tour with Jacco Gardner in Turkey. Hearing the sound of Turkish psych music for the first time, he totally fell in love with it. Verhulst got in touch with a few kindred spirits and not much later, Altin Gun arose.

Today, they present their debut album ‘On’ and WHAT a record it is. Although all tracks have been recorded in the last couple of years, the music sounds as if Altin Gun time traveled to the 70s. To the days when Turkish legends Selda Bağcan, Barış Manço and Erkin Koray recorded their groundbreaking music. Together with Ben Rider (guitar), Nic Mauskovic (drums), Jungle By Night's energetic percussionist Gino Groeneveld and Turkish musicians Merve Dasdemir and Erdinc Yildiz Ecevit, Verhulst revives the spirit of the Turkish '70s scene.

But.. the music is very modern as well. The fresh tracks seem more innocent and will totally work a 2018 dance floor. Or a livingroom. Check out Verhulst his very impressive bass play, and the very skilled Mauskovic on drums (he’s also known from the recent Mauskovic Dance Band LP on Soundway). Yes, Altin Gun pulled it off…

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REZZETT - REZZETT (TTT 070)



The mysterious Rezzett duo is famous for their illustrious imploded, hissy productions. After a few releases, they present a wider spectrum of possibilities within their genre-bending craft. Check out their debut LP on The Trilogy Tapes... Very exciting stuff!

Filed under 'techno', the tracks equally touch Lee Perry's Black Ark sound and we hear some jungle influences. Presumably recorded on tape, the UK duo's music sounds dark, but warm and friendly as well.

The Rezzett LP is is great at first play and a total grower. For example the track 'Wet Bilge' is a next level mix of a lot of stuff we've heard before. It could easily be a version of a home-recorded 80s R&B jerker. Less easy listenings, such as ‘Tarang' or ‘Gremlinz', transform into to pure lifesavers after a few plays. Growers, in which you hear new musical details again and again. Tip: play this on a good sound system.

The product is also pretty amazing. Hopefully you can see the sleeve’s print details from this picture… It houses more, riso-printed, artwork, which you will likely discover yourself... Go check out your copy, and don’t wait a day! The Rezzett LP will be gone soon!

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OLD SHADY GRADY & THE NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER - TANGLE TRANSMOGRIFIER EP (OMR011)



Afrikan Sciences (PAN) and Ari Robey-Lawrence debut on Jordan GCZ’s Off Minor label as Old Shady Grady & The Neighborhood Character. Jordan GCZ says: “I walked into their sound check at Freerotation festival last year and was blown away. I feel privileged to be a part of putting this music out there.”

It’s not hard to guess why improvisation fiend Jordan was stunned - Eric Douglas Porter a.k.a. Afrikan Sciences is one of the most expansive and intensive musical torch bearers of modern experimental electronics and jazz, and Ari Robey-Lawrence, producer, vocalist, and DJ a.k.a. The Neighborhood Character, began as a jazz guitarist and drummer.

“Tangle Transmogriefier” holds four very detailed, elegant, bass-heavy electronic jams. The A-side is more melodic, with broken beats and the B-side more hypnotic. Perfect for introverted dance floors or steamy basements. Striking release!

PAT KALLA / LE SUPER MOJO - COMBATTANT EP (FVR 141)



Recorded in 2017 in Lyon, musician, singer and storyteller Pat Kalla and his band Le Super Mojo show the world that great African boogie doen’t have to be rare, old and dusty! Not new, not old sounding - this is timeless music we’d say.

Pat pays tribute to the African culture in honor of a father with "Sawa" origins, the tribe from the people of Makossa. The artist took it from High-Life, Makossa, Angolan Music, Afrobeat and Afro-Disco, which has resulted in a versatile collection of tracks.

One of the outstanding songs is ‘African Disco’; a very well composed dancefloor-friendly track, with influences from the Afro Boogie scene. Close your eyes and stop reading the sleeve… It almost sounds like an impossible to find African rare disco track from the 70s!

‘Lady Angola’ is a sweet and fresh, uplifting song that reminds you of that tropical summer night you’ve never had, with Pat’s voice as the sweet cherry on top. For the track ‘Madiba’, Pat Kalla teamed up with Voilaaa, which brings a more modern and electronic approach to the EP.

The amazing produced and well thought release ends with ‘Ancient Combattant’; a smooth, contemporary sounding track. It’s like a folky, highlife-ish sounding African song with a strong electronic backbone. A perfect bouncer, which, in the end makes you want flip the side and play the whole EP again.

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MARCELLUS PITTMAN - CANT FORGET ABOUT YOU (UNI 1005)



We try to only write about a new release in the week of its release. But hey, there's always a moment for real magicians.

Marcellus Malik Pittman shows again why he's so amazing. The Detroit artist returns after a hiatus: His 'Can’t Forget About You EP' is a strong 3-tracker that holds machinery, butterflies and dripping chocolate bars. The title track is a straight up heart melter, followed by ‘All is Love’, a dreamy wonder song.

He continues his genre-free journey with Creepy Crawlers. Expecting a title song for a cult horror movie from the 80s, it is everything except that. Creepy Crawlers is another example of acid-no-acid-soul only Malik can deliver - thrilling, raw and body-loosening at the same time (body-loosening, cool word right?). Reminds us a bit of the ‘There's Somebody Out There’ track, which has the same kind of dynamics. Crazy Pittman banger, that’s for sure.

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QD - PURE AMETHYST (WOQD 01)



This gifted new artist totally hits us with his debut on Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats label. A lot of good new music reached us from Detroit this week, but we thought Caron Miller aka Q’uran D’Mar aka Q’D’ definitely deserved a highlight here.

It all starts with the A-side called “Pure”, a hypnotic but exciting house track. The repetitive melody reminds us a bit of Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4. It's intertwined with percussive sounding 808 elements, lush synth pads and of course the repetitive “pure” vocals in this track. The B-side is a more percussive track which flirts slightly more with the techno side of Detroit than the house one. “Pure Amethyst” is detailed and direct; definitely great for both ears and feet!

It is fun to realize, that an amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It does apply here in a peculiar way: these dance floor tracks are energetic and calming at the same time. Enough said, have a listen!

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V/A - WAVES OF THE FUTURE COMPILATION (MNQ 100)



Mannequin records present their 100th title… Impressive when you realize that this modern synth wave imprint started only 9 years ago. For their anniversary release, the label asked a few of their favorite contemporaries to contribute. Which resulted in a serious collection of tracks, by a seeeeerious cast.

We don’t find the tracklist printed on the sleeve, however, we’re dealing with non other than Ron Morelli, Silent Servant, Beau Wanzer, Willie Burns, Not Waving, S.O’Sullivan, Illum Sphere, An-i and the man Adriani himself. None of the artists appearing on this collection have put out their own releases on Mannequin yet. We didn’t realise right away, because their musical contribution to the label makes complete sense to us. Beau Wanzer delivers a weirdo funk peaktime-proof slow jam, just to introduce one dark dance floor crusher on there (expect multiple dark sure shots next to more atmospheric tracks!). Listen to that bassline loop that serves as the lead, guided by marvelous percussion and some twisted vocals. Also: An-i teamed up with the label’s main man for more unfamiliar funk.

We read the notes that accompany the release: “Mannequin’s back catalog has been an important component in the modular assemblage that makes up electronics-based independent music in the 21st century, and an important reference point for those who need to defend against the lazy accusations that this such is purely “retro” in its form and content.” Nod-nod… Which this compilation totally underwrites. Congratulations, Mannequin!

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WOLF MULLER & NIKLAS WANDT - INSTRUMENTALMUSIK VON DER MITTE DER WORLD (GBR 013)



Polymath Jan Schulte returns as Wolf Muller with arguably one of the best new albums this year. For “Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World” Schulte worked with his buddy, the skillful drummer and percussion obsessive Niklas Wandt. Open your ears to a very cohesive album full of very well produced tracks with many detailed and gentle musical layers, composed in a very refined and unheard manner!

Der Mitte die welt ist selbstverständlich Dusseldorf, home of Kraftwerk, the infamous Salon des Amateurs and Schulte’s recording studio, the location where these two playful ‘kids’ simply recorded lots of fun. If you are looking for something extraordinary musical that rocks a dance floor but is great for home listening as well… here you go! You've found your opus here.

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DR. C. STEIN - LA BOMBE PLASTIQUE (AD002)



We were totally surprised and captivated by the special Christmas act of Dutch phenomenon Alien Schneafliet in the Rush Hour store. It was a performance by Dr. C Stein’s music buddy since Trumpett’s early tapes days in the eighties. Back then, the label was run by a board of doctors; Prof Einstein, Dr. C Stein, dr. A van Garde, dr. Freakowitz and last but not least: Dr. Trumpetto.

Who?? Let’s stick with Dr C Stein for now.

During the first half of the 1980s, the influential Dr. Stein alias Hanjo Erkamp had a hand in some of the most experimental and forward-thinking releases on the now legendary cassette label, Trumpett. Famously, he was a member of two of the label’s key bands – industrial outfit Doxa Sinistra and new wave combo Ende Shneafliet – but during the period he also recorded a swathe of solo tracks as C. Stein.

Not so long ago, the Begium contemporaries at JJ Funhouse put Erkamp back on the map with a compilation release featuring a few of his versatile marvelous electronic / minimal wav compositions. Now Interstellar Funk takes over to shine more light on this doctor with a very dope 12”. The original comes with a cleverly slowed down version on the flip.

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KUNIYUKI TAKAHASHI - EARLY TAPE WORKS (1986-1993) VOL. 1 (MFM 027)



Music From Memory return with another retrospective, this time from Japanese sound designer and producer Kuniyuki Takahashi. A very fine collection of his early works, going back to the eighties. And this is only part 1 of 2…

Little was known about his surprising works on the compilation - Kuniyuki’s bio explains that he started his music career in 1994, after he recorded these tracks. The atmospheric tracks selected are the result of Kuniyuki’s inspirations in the mid eighties, when the expressive and creative Tokyo nightlife at the time inspired him. By creating these works, he took electronic music out of the club and created more introverted music in a living room setting with similar electronic instrumentation as used for club tracks.

Kuniyuki Takahashi has remained a very active producer throughout the years with very divergent output. We’re very stoked to welcome him next week at RDC x SIA for a live show with another strong Japanese producer, Sauce81.

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MIX-O-RAP - EYES OF A KEY (DJBLAK 2-03)



Familiar with Mix-O-Rap? He made a few very dope electro b-boy-ish jams like “All Party People” in the eighties. Jams that have that particular lo-fi sound, but nowhere near the gritty, hissy sounding “Eyes Of A Key”, the LP that Mix-O-Rap recorded in prison.

It takes some imagination to hear what’s really going on. The very thin, blaring productions (we don’t hear any low frequenties) are actually very powerful. We hear the artist’s genre defying take on hip-hop and conclude that these tracks could have been absolute bangers when Mix-O-Rap’s studio situation hadn’t been so egregious. But weirdly these tracks are still amazing.

Mix-O-Rap explains his studio techniques: “I need a perfect mix sound so I used a reverb gate, small room because I was in a small room. I used my moms blankets to trap the sound waves in the room. I use a digital mic from radio shack and was rapping with a blanket over my head to trap the sound waves. I played my keys in F flat to deepen the tone. I put tom toms on it to fill the spaces with handclaps to have that snap. Then I put a reverb gate on every instrument to get the lo-fi audio sound.”

We are fans. Thank you indefectible Peoples Potential Unlimited for the introduction 👂👂

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TBZ - OG_BEERS (B05)



Amsterdam based Brew returns with OG_BEERS, a mini LP full of beer fueled rough cuts by Cologne’s TBZ. A match made in heaven.

The mini LP holds thirteen anonymous, but self-called hip-hop jams. It’s a promising adventure for everyone, but especially for fans of Stones Throw, X-Ray Pop, The Isley Brothers, Robert Bergman, German LA street vibes in general and Kölsch (the beer).

Really, keep an eye out for TBZ and his monikers and projects (Tobrock, Montell Palmer for example). He started releasing music almost a decade ago and got mad skillz.

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ARP FRIQUE - NOS MAGIA (RH-STORE JAMS 011)



Arp Frique is not quite a household name in music. However, for “Nos Magia“ he worked with legends Orlando Julius and America Brito, which is huge… But no real surprise. Rotterdam based Niels Nieuborg has been active in music for decades and only now presents his own musical output with a very strong 3-track release.

In the past, Niels Nieuborg has worked with a number of legendary musicians, connecting Azymuth, Ed Motta, the Dutch Ronald Snijders among others. After being active in live music (working with Cape Verdean & Surinamese musicians in particular), he recently decided to start creating his own output. With the dance floor in mind, he bundled his years of musical experience as a live project Arp Frique, which basically started as a solo studio project.

“Nos Magia” holds thick sounding new cuts, that rather sound like these were made in the seventies. The site track is unheard Cape Verdean funana song featuring the old skool Americo Brito on vocals, the b-side holds two collaborations featuring afro-beat protagonist Orlando Julius.....enjoy!

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JOHN FM - RICOCHET ...AND THEN LEAVE (TTT 062)



John FM is back to surprise us after a short hiatus. He appeared in 2015 with two releases (and a collab) on Detroit’s FXHE and now returns with a remarkable two-tracker on The Trilogy Tapes. Expect two deep, absolutely non-lineair but very driving stompers, with lush but stabby sounds as well, and curious drum programming. Housed in an elegant TTT sleeve, just as we like it :) Not much to say… just press play! (not on your laptop)

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TEREKKE - PLANT AGE (LIES100)



Over the past week we had to choose a highlight from a pool or great releases. However, it was pretty much a no-brainer. With Terekke’s previous output in mind, we were very stoked to finally receive his debut album “Plant Age”.

The artwork and notes partly come from the the Amsterdam based artist himself, his gentle words accompany a gentle release. With eight divergent tracks, Terekke creates a captivating album, dubby with warm and downy spheres. He intended his album to be pleasant regardless of the time of day. Something diverse that could be enjoyed regardless of format, which really worked out.

It’s LIES their 100th release, and probably the most soft spoken music we have heard on the label. It’s stunning!

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V/A - EXO3 (EKS 015)



With the latest chapter, EXO now feels like a trilogy. EXO3 - again - displays beautiful chamber music - poetic electronic ambient pieces by a variety of very talented Belgium contemporaries, and more. The new episode brings the occasion to highlight this strong compilation series.

The EXO compilations, released on Ekster, the Antwerp based record label, founded in 2013 and run by Victor Robyn & Roman Hiele, is another example of an exciting electronic music terrain that subtly glisters in today’s music landscape.
Who were amazed by the first EXO chapter, must have been moved by the second LP as well. And will be likely very happy with number 3. Housed in detailed artwork… take your time to take it all in.

“The world outside resonates metallic. It’s activity humming calm harmonics. I am in stasis. Liquified. Receiving alien signals. Unseen universes translated into sound. Notes bend like light reflected in a curved, hard surface.” The label's abstract introduction of the sounds portrayed on this (inter)stellar V/A.

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RUUTU POISS - EP (IML 006)



Is it pop music? Disco, house or techno? We don’t know exactly. All we hear is pure fun in a very musical manner. The titles turn out to mean something according to Google Translate, which we find also amusing.

The six selected home recordings (2011-2016) show the artists broad musical path and his ability to make these influences into something that’s his own unique style. Despite his tracks don’t tick any genre-box, he’s still able to release on an international major label. ;)

Ruutu Poiss is an Estonian musican, but also a gifted graphic designer who doesn’t mind to spend his lunch break in our record store. As a producer, a handful of releases (incl. his 12” ‘Kinged’ which is still available!) proved his musical skills and playful character. We’re happy to see him return with a very tidy second 12” release.

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ERRORSMITH - SUPERLATIVE FATIGUE (PAN 81)



Solo or in collaboration with others, this German sound designer always surprises. Erik Wiegand, alias Errorsmith created dance floor destroyers from the late 90ties with sounds that could easily be adopted in UK dance music. Now returning with his first album in 13 years, he seems to represent his broad sound spectrum - using his self developed Razor software - for a superlative version of his Errorsmith guise in a new, less stripped down, we’d say more crazy form.

“The album title, ‘Superlative Fatigue’ reflects a tension between an over-the-top, hysterical emotion, against more deeply felt expressions or realness”, the PAN label explains. We’d call the music bursting electronic funk that would be fresh to hear in the Berghain on a Sunday morning…

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LEGOWELT - LEGENDARY FREAKS IN THE TRASH OF TIME (CWCS 009LP)



Music for misfits, witches, dreamers, cyberpunks, outsiders, geeks… For Legowelt's ‘legendary freaks in the trash of time’. Hailing from the Dutch West Coast, we got hold of a new dream world from the renowned synth freak this week. Less damp and cloudy than his previous album called ‘Chrystal Cult 2080’, Legowelt’s latest universe is brighter, fully drenched in his lo-fi, but fat and spacious signature sound. “legendary freaks in the trash of time” knows a variety of genre-defying domains, influenced by a broad musical spectrum, going from Memphis rap to techno-rave.

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GEOFFREY LANDERS - 1 BY 1 (MFM 025)



Geoffrey Landers’ “1 by 1” 2LP is another amazing compilation released by Amsterdam's Music From Memory label, holding a collection of very personal songs that also seem to unveil another barely explored music scene. Most of the tracks are previously unreleased on vinyl.

A lot of the tracks on the compilation could easily be part of New York's early 80ties DIY art scenes, but are presumably recorded in Denver, where Landers was part of the local industrial/punk/new wave movement. In Colorado’s capital he created his “Cauhaus” label and “The Packing House Studio”, a studio “available to record artists regardless of their financial circumstances”.

Geoffrey Landers’ innovative forms of expression and musical experimentation are astounding, furthermore, the way the compilation is put together surprises, and expresses Landers’ versatility. Most of the tracks on the first slice can easily move a dance floor, whilst the second slice introduces an opposite musical side of the artist… Released two weeks ago, this compilation deserves a highlight nonetheless.


023. TORESCH - UNTITLED (OFFEN 007)



Avant-punk trio, Toresch, return with a 4 track EP for Dusseldorf's Offen Music label. As already becomes clear from our website: We’ve got Huge Love For This Crew Here!

Toresch’ music strikes us as a being; as a fierce, mystical and gracious personality captivated in sound. Viktoria Wehrmeister’s vocals transform Detlev Wenrich’s thick, treacly music into razor sharp and driving songs.

Toresch’ appearance materialises in their live performances, but also in the form of the carefully designed record sleeve for both their first and second release. Although visual artist Jan Wagner, who designed the artwork, met his two partners in Toresch in the early nineties. The three became a group years later, in 2014.

The music, vocals and art conjure up a rare, unfamiliar, fascinating spirit that we are very drawn to and we absolutely don’t mind to put in the spotlight. So here you go… big big tip from us.

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JUJU & JORDASH - SIS-BOOM-BAH (DKMNTL 052)



It’s just great… we’re very stoked for the fourth Juju & Jordash album. “Sis-Boom-Bah” holds wonderful musical electronic works by improvisation masterminds Gal Aner & Jordan Czamanski. A series of purpose-written compositions, instead of improv. But whats the difference, when “composition is just improvisation slowed down” (Jordan)? “Sis-Boom-Bah” has been on repeat here since it arrived at our store.

Juju & Jordash their fourth album in a few unassuming words from our side: spacious, warm, crystalline, subtile. Stretched, but very captivating compositions. Journeys! Play the full album a few times... It’s stunning at first play, but a grower as well. Released on Dekmantel, the label say: “Their freestyle approach to performance, and immaculate refined sounds have became somewhat more defined, in a style that’s unique, yet elaborate, with a sense of otherworldliness, not only befit for the dancefloor, but otherwise transcendental moments. Nowadays Juju & Jordash have evolved far beyond their ’oddball house’ moniker.” Yes, agreed!

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021. MSAFIRI ZAWOSE - UHAMIAJI (SNDWLP 122 )



In the middle of the great African music reissue monsoon arrives a very tidy contemporary Tanzanian album, by the amazing Msafiri Zawose. The double LP, released by Soundway Records, features 12 great soulful contemporary sounding songs recorded with as well western as traditional instrumentation. Zawose surprises with his velvety sounding vocals, but also as a multi-instrumentalist. The ambassador of Tanzania’s Gogo-music plays a wide range of instruments such as the marimba (percussion), ngoma (drums), ilimba (a lamelophone from Tanzania), zeze (a Sub-Saharan stringed instrument) and flute.

From the LP’s release text we learn that Msafiri Zawose already pioneered new instruments arrangements and collaborations within the gogo-sound, and was looking for the next step. With “Uhamiaji”, the artist has managed to fuse the musical traditions of his ancestors with a modern twist. Very unique sounding, remarkably well put together. Although this LP was already released a few weeks back (we can only pick 1 release a week…), we felt that we had to highlight it this week nonetheless. Enjoy!

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020. KRIKOR KOUCHIAN - PACIFIC ALLEY (LIES098)



After teasing us with that ‘KK’ Killer white label 7'' last Summer, Krikor Kouchian now releases his cinematic album on LIES Records News with much much more great boogie funk.

“Pacific Alley” is a complete mystical parallel world of “sleaze and excitement, where passion, money, and illicit substances take precedent and the sun beats down in a relentless unforgiving fashion”, as the LP’s cover art and notes already unveil. Krikor offers us very imaginative works, to play out to a dance floor or to soundtrack your day in town with, driving a car (or riding a bike). The LP is also a new NYC-Paris connection; the Parisian artist has earlier released his organic electronic hardware productions on Joakim’s Crowdspacer imprint under POV and Crackboy. “Pacific Alley” is just wonderful! Big tip!

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019. KALE PLANKIEREN - DUTCH CASSETTE RARITIES 1981 - 1985 VOL. 1



Summer is over.. floods of new releases incoming! It’s hard to choose a record of the week when there’s so much good stuff to choose from, but it’s actually a no brainer also. Kale Plankieren (for the Dutch and non-Dutch: ‘plankier’ means ‘wooden floor’) neatly introduces Dutch ’80’s DIY music scenes from different Dutch cities. Hailing from Amsterdam, it’s just right for RH to introduce this great introduction into some great homegrown musical scenes.

In short: Plus Instruments was the awesome result of a curious Eindhoven-NYC connection, whose funky post-punk track ‘Bodies’ got reissued earlier. The compilation also showcases more of Amsterdam’s off-kilter Fetisj cassette imprint - the label that originally released Richenel’s ‘La Diferencia’ tape. And introduces De Fabriek from Zwolle and Das Ding & Rotterdans from Rotterdam… Plus much much more. Mastered by Rude 66! Dive in!

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018. DEAN BLUNT - AS LONG AS ROPES UNRAVEL FAKE ROLEX WILL TRAVEL



Last days of summer in the city... time to put that fake Rolex on the wrist and lounge in style on a lazy Sunday, with the perfect soundtrack provided by the latest output of art-pop provocateur Dean Blunt. The London- based artist/musician/producer drops a rare, low-key solo trip, bundling up two gauzy excursions that stand out as some of the gentlest works in his catalogue of recent years. The former (current?) member of shadowy experimental outfit Hype Williams has spent the better part of the last half decade turning out dense keyboard drones, experimental beats and smokey pop, releasing some truly beguiling downloads, records and mixtapes, both under his own name and as one-half of the Hype Williams duo. “As long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel” is slo-mo bliss unfolding over six minutes on the A-side, while the the B-side holds extra goodness. Limited and very very lovely. White label. 180 gr.

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017. DWIGHT SYKES - ON THE ROCKS



We’re gonna call this one Dwight's Baby... "On The Rocks" is the record that Dwight Sykes should have probably released in the 1980’s, now available via the always on-point PPU record label. All shades of the lo-fi funk and underground soul spectrum are skillfully explored by Dwight and his Jahari Band – a combo that played in and around the Michigan area back then. With elements of 80’s soul and jazz, a female vocal trio that breaks out into the occasional old school rhyme here and there, and a good dose of keyboards and love longings, this is a record we’ve overtly cherished since its first play at the store. There's a tight quality to the tracks but with the authenticity of a not-so-overproduced album: genuine soul burners from a genuine musical soul... Pure bliss!

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016. PARRISH SMITH - ESPLENDOR (LIES095)



The name Parrish Smith will sound familiar to many local cats... We've been following the work of this Amsterdam based up and coming talent since his first outings (on labels like Knekelhuis and Contort Yourself), as well as his projects Volition Immanent and Sige Bythos. His new material on New York’s L.I.E.S. records is just what you’d expect from this distortion wizard: dystopian psychedelic dancefloor narration unfolding with stealthy guile over four tracks. From slowbeat EBM to Belgium klang to classic Den Hague crushers this EP forges its own path taking these cues and putting Smith's unique spin on them. Heavy yet still possessing groove and hypnotic rhythm… Highly recommended!

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015. TORN HAWK - MEN WITH NO MEMORY (RHD-7002HAWK)



What links an Irish Pub, the Sahara Desert, Patrick Ewing, Pennsylvania Station and an iced donut?? Only one thing we'd imagine - Torn Hawk's new double 7" pack for No 'Label'. Musically, the world of this ever imaginative producer and artist gleefully fluctuates somewhere in-between slo-mo cosmic sunrise/sunset music, psychey new wave and what could be the end titles for some scrambled static ridden VHS, here peppered up with EBM and electro leanings. Having previously released on labels such as L.I.E.S., Valcrond Video, Not Not Fun Records and No Pain In Pop, Torn Hawk re-emerges once again on No 'Label' with these five genre-bending tracks that are equally suited for adventurous dancefloor dwellers as they are for closer scrutiny on the living room turntables... Special material from this inimitable New Yorker!

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014. TERRENCE DIXON - 12, 000 MILES OF TWILIGHT (OUTA 06)



It’s no secret we’ve been long-time fans over here of Terrence Dixon’s visionary, futuristic productions. Hailing from Detroit, this pioneering techno artist has been putting out some of the most beautiful and unorthodox music the genre's known since the mid Nineties. Dixon unites ages of inspiration traversing diverse musical styles including electro, jazz and minimal sci-fi techno, an overall hypnotic approach that can also be seen in his parallel Population One project.
His latest LP, '12,000 Miles Of Twilight', is one the most substantial works he’s delivered over the last years: a 21-track triple vinyl pack that's absorbing from the moment the frantic snares thunder in on the opening track. A driving, non-linear, emotionally absorbing journey into the singular experimental edge of Detroit techno, it’ll pull you in all kind of directions from the opening track to the closing finale.

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013. BEN PENN - SPARE HOBBY/CARRERA (ST 004)



The story goes that Agent 23 - code name Ben Penn - delivered these two immaculate, driving tracks after returning from a Tilburg-based bunker, injected with a modified dosage of 4-ho-met and locked inside with only and handful of electronic machines for company. “The subject immediately began acting strangely. It quickly became clear that 4-ho-met was increasing his capacity to produce music”, reports Young Marco’s Safe Trip imprint.

We would say… Get in the mood by using the same imagination as the label. Conjure up the tropical sites of the third biggest island on earth with a dry, Mediterranean Summer breeze and an Amsterdam touch. A trustworthy method that makes the usage of 4-ho needless. These two delicious synthesized disco funk tracks will fall effectively into your (dark) place. Check it out!

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012. OUTERMOST - INTRUDER EP (EVR 025)



This is an absolutely killer EP for fans of labels as Knekelhuis, Mannequin, Domestica! Containing four dance floor tracks for different hours. The little information on Outermost's throbbing "Intruder EP” describes the well arranged tracks on the EP as the result of ‘derangement’. But their new EP actually holds four songs that are beautiful in its crudeness, which is pretty poetic right? These four seemingly disorderly chapters put you on a different track each time, with the very tidy title anthem (with vocals by Venus Volcanism) as the grand closure.

The Greek Miltiadis Merentitis returns as Outermost with a coherent addition to Echovolt Records, the label that presents great dusty underground contemporary music. The label say: ”When the derangement has reached the limitless limits. Like the sound of a light-beam reaching the immense gravitational waves of a black hole. Is there sound in nothingness? This is your Outermost reality.” Nuff said.

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011. V/A - DESTINATION EARTH (DE-001)



Ha! This record definitely doesn't allow a cursory scan as one of many. It will make you miss all the fun for sure. “Destination Earth” is a contemporary historical document, an auditive trip, a movie, a block party - a throwback to the many colorful days of seventies and eighties NYC ski in many ways. The LP comes with a poster that’s fun to hang in the restroom - it’s like discovering a Simpsons affiche which displays the vast array of primary, secondary and tertiary characters in the series. You just won’t stop seeing new things…

“Destination Earth” is the vast visual and auditive universe of Kris Delacourt, Bram van Meervelde, belt navigator Cremins, Zoot Ruf Ski & Cosmo Knex and a bunch of otherworldly contemporary artists. 12 + 15 tracks made during an Antwerp based freestyle throwdown, packed with skits, scratches and jams for a mind-altering adventure. Take the plunge, enjoy the transportation :)

“Destination Earth, 1999
Planet of my birth, Just another phase in time
Gonna take a ride in my time machine
Maybe there I’ll see the answer to my dreams
And what I’m hoping to find there is a better world than we have here
I hope I’m on the right track, 'cause if I find a world full of love you know I'm never gonna come back

Destination Earth……”

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010. BROKEN ENGLISH CLUB - THE ENGLISH BEACH - L.I.E.S. (LIES094)



Some people find the UK an exiting island for great surf, others just watch some of the beaches and see great beauty in its roughness. So does the Brit Oliver Ho.
It’s already in the name: with Broken English Club, influenced by techno, industrial and post-punk, Ho soundtracks the beauty of abandoned scenes.
“I am fascinated and disgusted by things, and I like that friction. The best things in life seem perverted and disgusting at first and then become beautiful and transcendent. I have these ideas filling my head and it gives me a sense purpose, I owe it to these obsessions of mine to see them through, to give them a place to exist”, he shares. His new album ‘The English Beach’ is his soundtrack to the strange and barren east coast town in England, called Dungeness: ‘Overlooked by a nuclear power station, it feels lost in time’. BEC’s new album is not only a soundtrack, it’s Ho’s full portrait of the area, containing beautiful photographs of the scenery.

Oliver Ho debuted in the mid nineties and has been working under many monikers (also known for his Raudive alias) ever since. He started Broken English Club only a few years back - a very welcome project in our opinion. After his ‘Suburban Hunting’ LP, he - again — brings a wonderful multidimensional sonic translation to a fascinating landscape.

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009. BEAU WANZER - UNTITLED LP II - B.W. (BW 04)

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Beau Wanzer digs deep in his archives and delivers a new self-released LP holding twelve tracks in his inimitable style: “Another LP of material plucked from the mutant mounds of shitty coughs and smelly feet.” This description definitely preps us at the store for the 12 diverse menacing excursions. The new long player starts with an eerie, dissonant personification of Dr. Dre. Obviously Mr. Wanzer is back to serve up a new journey deep through his untouched dark, treacly though undefinable atmospheres with a collection of cohesive archival tracks (with some dating as far back as 1999!). The brutal electronic punk productions like 'Something Stinks' are balanced with moldy movements such as 'Staring at at Fish'. It’s pretty simple: Beau Wanzer comes up with more Beau Wanzer. Either you’re with him or you’re not.

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008. CYBE - TROPISCH VERLANGEN - STROOM (STRLP 006)

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Exotic dreams don’t seem strange to the people in Haarlem. The cosy, picturesque city near Amsterdam is famous for its comic festivals. Siebe Baarda alias Cybe lived in this town in his teenage years, exploring bands such as Can, Ashra, Tangerine Dream and a space-rock group called Gong. The latter introduced him to eastern sounds - his introduction to a life about traveling, collecting exotic instruments and working in different musical projects. It also lead to the stellar cassettes he self-released in the 80's, holding techno-nature syntheses for an East-West confrontation, now compiled and released on vinyl by the wonderful STROOM imprint from Belgium. Big big tip to keep an eye out for this label, we are big fans here!

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007. TRIBE OF COLIN - WIDE BERTH EP - NOT ON LABEL (TNB 001)

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Cassettes don't regularly drop in the store, but when it happens we are always super curious, because those mostly hold great surprises. Tribe of Colins’ first release really threw us into a spin - a tape with spellbinding cover-art, that holds seven knocking jams from deep within Colin’s mind. Two years later the mystical producer returns with five Rugged Techno Tales on a stamped twelve…. Info as it comes… Goodness for in the earbuds and during late nights… Small run! So we’re allll warrrrrned.

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006. V/A - FIVE YEARS OF LOVING NOTES - ANTINOTE (ATN 5YEARS)

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This awesome compilation is brought to us by the tasteful Parisian Antinote family that loves wine and good gastronomy… Super cool chaps who use divergent knowable musical ingredients to create something unheard. Every once in a while an Antinote soul pops into the store, which means a combination of bulshitting and sharing great music. Probably the right ingredients for creating good works.

Made of 14 sketches, “Five Years of Loving Notes” introduces Antinote’s divergence. Each piece reflecting one of the many shades of the label's catalogue, but the tracks point in the same direction. The compilation is a great listen from start to end, at daytime or at night. Plus it holds various moods for a curious dance floor. Big tippie from us!

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005. NEWWORLDAQUARIUM - CHUBBY KNUCKLES EP - NWAQ (APE 04)

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Jochem Peteri a.k.a. Ross 154’s wave of reissues continues with this 12’’ featuring previously unreleased material from his Newworldaquarium project. An absolute treat for all the NWAQ heads here! Featuring three transcendental disco leaning house cuts, mastered by another Amsterdam-based music protagonist, Marco Spaventi.

Newworldaquarium has stayed relevant over the years with his contemplative house and techno. A cornerstone of Amsterdam's Delsin family, his tracks play out like vivid, sub-aquatic landscapes — a style he established with 2000's "Trespassers," a house groove that remains something of an anthem today. Then there's his magnum opus, ‘The Dead Bears’, a collection of murky, rumbling productions that travel through a wide sonic spectrum ranging from obscure ultra fat discofied house tracks to spaced-out ambient soundscapes.

“The rule is that there's rhythm, and that there's melody and melody has to be tonal in my perspective. The rhythm can be anything but it has to funky.”

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004. GEORGES EDOUARD NOUEL - CHODO - REBIRTH ON WAX (ROW 001LP)

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“Chodo” is a renowned masterpiece by the extraordinarily gifted musician Georges-Edouard Nouel (hailing from Martinique), who was mostly active on the piano/keys in the abundant French West Indies jazz scene of the 70s and 80s. Besides being affiliated with Max Cilla and others as a session musician, he was also a member of Noel Mc Ghie & Space Spies (whose self-titled album was reissued by the dope Parisian Superfly imprint). On this album, Nouel practices his skilful play on the Fender Rhodes, bringing lovely virtuos velvety melodies.

A well executed reissue of this ultra rare album is now finally available to a wider audience. This will appeal to fans of, for example, the Kouté Jazz compilation on Heavenly Sweetness, don’t sleep!

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003. FREQUENCY VS ATKINS - MIND MERGE - OUT-ER (OUTA 005 )

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Dutch techno don Orlando Voorn teams up with true motor legend Juan Atkins. Both marked music history decades ago - also together as Frequency and Atkins in '92 and for example as Infiniti with their fine "Game One" EP in '94. Now the duo offers "Mind Merge", a "beautiful quintessence of Detroit electro, funk, and techno, partially blending with contemporary electronic contaminations," according to the label.
We think that these two artistic luminaries do us a great pleasure with their new album, by offering us a way to to touch base again after moving forward and sideways for decades, with an electronic album that's is certainly not taking us back into time, but back into the future.

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002. ACTRESS - AZD - NINJA TUNE (ZEN 241X)

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To choose Actress' new album "AZD" on Ninja Tune as record of the week was logical for us. At RH we’ve been Actress fans for a long time and we know we aren’t alone in this. When the box with LPs landed in the store, we immediately gave it a good listen and after the full excursion we were puzzled in a very positive way. With "AZD", Actress has achieved another remarkable landmark. The tracks are crafted with the same personality, but in a different work station and from a different mindset, as he expresses his introvert energy in a more direct way. It’s nothing new that Actress prefers us to listen to the music rather than to discuss it, so please find snippets via the link below. But note: full experience acquires full listening!

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001. DAVY KEHOE - SHORT PASSING GAME - WAH WAH WINO (WINO-002)

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Davy Kehoe, the Wino's Wino. Here he is with a glorious solo debut, and already causing a proper little fuss far and wide! Wildly free in places and downright sublime in others - we are honestly hard pushed to compare it to anything else. He's enlisted some great musicians too that add to the dynamics (fun fact: the parts on Storm Desmond were recorded in pretty much one take). It's flying out the door here, and that makes us very happy…