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Various – Best of Rush Hour 2009 review

Artist: Various
Title: Best of Rush Hour 2009 (unmixed tracks)
Label: Rush Hour
Genre: Deep House, Dubstep/Grime
Format: Digital
Buy From: Juno Download

Amsterdam label Rush Hour wrap up the year just gone with this compilation of some of their biggest and brightest artists. On the house side, Rick Wade’s “Crazy Luv” is a must-hear, a timeless slice of soulful vocal house that’s almost impossible not to fall in love with. On a different tack, Future Beat Alliance’s “Relentless” is just that. Driven by a chunky two-note bassline, it’s cool but creepy vibe almost begs for it’s own section in the record racks – Horror House.

Danny Breaks (formerly known to Hardcore fans as Sonz of a Loop da Loop Era) teams up with DJ Adlib to cook up some J Dilla-esque beats on “The Sound”, adding a nice Dubstep flavour along the way. London producer Nebraska also adds some Trip-Hop to the mix with “The Other Side”, as well as getting faster and funkier on “My Brother”.

The Motor City Drum Ensemble mix of Tom Trago’s “Passion” was always going to be one of the highlights, and the MCDE magic is definitely here in full soulful effect. Also included is Trago’s own mix of “Lost On The Streets of NYC” from his album Voyage Direct.

Based on this form, it’ll be well worth watching Rush Hour closely over 2010.

Review: Oliver Keens