Rush Hour is one of those rare record labels with a foot in the past as much in the present, focusing only on music it truly believes in. The fact that the heart and soul of label A&R, Antal, is poured into each release truly shows, and whilst the musical direction moves through many different genres, each release shares a common groovy sensibility that has become synonymous with the label. It was seriously hard to choose our top five. We missed out releases from Leon Vynehall, Gerd Janson, Rick Wilhite, Tom Trago, Boris Werner and SO many more… go check them out. Enjoy.
Antal plays at Patterns in Brighton on June 9.
Virgo Four – Resurrection
A collection of unreleased tracks that were produced over a six year period between 1984 and 1990 in various home studios around Chicago. The tracks were selected from 100s of 4-track tapes that had been left in boxes, untouched and unreleased due to local record business politics. Resurrection really shows the the rich, diverse and unique quality of Virgo Four, which leaves you wondering what impact they would have made on the (Chicago) house scene if they had been released at the time. Timeless.
Hunee - Hunch Music
Hunch Music has a nocturnal aura, an organic groove and moments of glorious acid. a turning point for Choi. A firm member of the Rush Hour crew, Hunnee became pals with Amsterdam native San Proper and started working in his Amsterdam studio after relocating there from Berlin. Frustrated with the formulaic nature of straight-up house, the LP is an exercise in relaxing and having fun, and it’s obvious.
Dream 2 Science – Dream 2 Science
A fine example of one of Rush Hour’s inspired re-releases, this six track EP was originally recorded in 1990 in New York. Re-released on Rush Hour in 2012, it’s a spotless, introverted classic deep house release and pure quality from start to finish.
Tevo Howard – Move
Released in 2009 on a Rush Hour subsidiary label, Hour House Is Your Rush, it’s a full-bodied Chicago House EP done the right way. Old skool with a tonne of reverb and a tight acid groove.
KiNK & Neville Watson – Metropole EP
Another Hour House Is Your Rush sub label release, this third collaboration between KiNK and Neville Watson combines he best elements of Chicago house (for the body) and Detroit techno (for the soul). Our favourite cut ‘The Long Wait’ is a deep, raw afterhours affair, or the perfect last track to play the night out. So on that note…