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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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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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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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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 “Destination Earth” is a contemporary historical document, an auditive trip, a movie, a block party - a throwback to the many colorful days of seventies and eighties NYC ski in many ways.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…