In the 20 years since Antal Heitlager co-founded Rush Hour, it has become so much more than the initial store and mail order service for more obscure house and techno records. In 1999, the record deals between Dutch artists and companies overseas led to the birth of the Rush Hour Recordings label, which has released hundreds of titles over the years. Today, their events for like-minded music lovers make it to major cities around the world such as Tokyo, Paris and London. I met up with Antal at the Rush Hour store – which has been upgraded to a much bigger location a bit further up the Spuistraat last year – to talk about how it all started and how Rush Hour came to be the household name it is today.
Every month, George Hysteric takes time away from running the “strange music from beyond” Facebook group to create a playlist for SSFB from the group’s extensive music library. Here are his picks for March.
Tangerine Dream – “Vampira” (1971)
This hauntingly beautiful track underscored a German telemovie and was sadly never released. Its discovery was nothing short of a revelation for me.
Colin Potter – “Behind You” (1981)
Colin Potter went on to work with Nurse With Wound (amongst others) after releasing this proto-industrial track.
Plaza Hotel – “Bewegliche Ziele” (1983)
RIP Jaki Liebezeit.
Aloa – “Banane Zitrone” (1982)
A dark song with an icy drum sound from the cult Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW) album!
Al Etto – “Hold On To Love” (1984)
Less strange, more plain awesome South African funk, powered by cheapo synthesizers.
An album of spoken words for plants! The perfect accompaniment to Mort Garson’s Mother Earth’s Plantasia (also a Strange Music favorite).
Kaméléon – “Microcosme” (1981)
Crazy French Canadian synth-pop LP. The entire album is worthy of repeated listening.