Over the past twelve years Rush Hour has cultivated itself into an institute for electronic music and a haven for music lovers worldwide. The reputation Rush Hour has built mainly comes from the fact that Rush Hour first and foremost focuses on music they totally believe in and have a love for. The Rush Hour family has a strong sense of pride in always working with and feeding off that impulse and faith, rather than working for the mighty dollar or bottom line. Rush Hour has always been this way.
Late 1997 saw the opening of the recordstore and mailorder, which manifested the very beginning of the company. Initially importing many obscure records from around the world then later exporting similar Dutch records to overseas companies, the distribution wing had evolved by two years later, in 1999. This set up eventually led to the start of the label, which saw its first release just before the millennium. The past few years saw various releases, mostly 12”s, from artists all over the world in all different genres and directions. What they all seem to have in common is an electronic groove that is almost impossible to convey with words but has been, over time, coined ‘The Rush Hour flavor’.
Over the last few years the label has grown stronger than ever, with classic releases by locals such as Aardvarck, Comtron, Kid Sublime, Rednose Distrikt, San Proper & Tom Trago as well as releases by international artists such as Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, carl craig, Daniel Wang, Kenny Larkin, Liquid Liquid, Recloose, Rick Wilhite and Rick Wade. The label is also known for hosting compilations, such as Beat Dimensions compiled by Cinnaman and Jay Scarlett as well as making catalogue available again from the famed Chicago house labels DJ International and Trax.
Over the years a lot of record stores have come and gone. The RH store and mail- order has been steadily growing, mainly die to its diverse and unique catalogue of vinyl, cds and merchandise. Wherever Rush Hour goes you can be sure its not driven by hype and/or money. It’s a company from the heart and soul. A passion that won’t stop.