VA – Vol. 1

The Amsterdam based booking agency, Voyage Select, is launching it’s label. The first release is a digital compilation released on bandcamp and includes 14 tracks by artists from the agency’s rooster. Cover photo by Interstellar Funk, graphic design by Dazion. 100% of the profit will be divided equally among the artists.

VA – Vol. 1

Tom Trago – Bergen [DKMNTL056]

Bergen is the next, and natural step in the expanding career of Dutch producer Tom Trago. The acclaimed producer behind Voyage Direct will release his fourth LP, with the label and crew he’s built a close relationship with over the past ten years – Dekmantel. With a new studio and approach to music, Bergen is Trago sounding at his very finest, returning to his roots with a focussed, and dedicated production ethos.

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Tom Trago – Bergen [DKMNTL056]

Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Need This [NV004]

Bok & Trago are back with another 12” of deeply textured, hypnotic House music. This time taking a melodic approach on the A-side main mix of ”Need This”, the London-Amsterdam duo borrow and flips motifs from a classic. ‘Need This (Radio Mix)’ is a piece of slow-burning deep-tech, helicopter blade arps hovering over epic FM bassline and churning percussive guts. A well-deserved melodic reveal at 4 minutes gives way to plenty of weightless beats to keep DJs busy on the loop button – blending perfection ensured. On the flip, the 12” mix strips out the melodies and turns up the percussive heat. The results are a sweltering dub strictly for the dancers, a meandering trip through the jungle, flanged helicopters drawing closer.

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Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Need This [NV004]

Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic [RHM006LP]

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There are many ways to move forward as an artist. You can reinvent yourself, keep track of fashions, or try bold new things. Tom Trago has spent the best part of 10 years pushing his sound in impressive new directions. Yet on his new album, the well-regarded Amsterdam-based producer has done things slightly differently. This time round, his influences come from much closer to home, and he has admitted to being inspired by the dancefloor-focused style with which he made his name. The Light Fantastic is a dancefloor orientated club album with a range of influences like – deep house, vintage synthesizers, classic boogie, disco, Chicago jack, acid house, and even a dash of full-throttle rave revivalism.

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Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic [RHM006LP]

Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic (Album Sampler) [RHM004-12]

Tom Trago’s new 12″, the album sampler to the upcoming album The Light Fantastic. Featuring the dancefloor stomper “Two Together” which was co-produced by Steffi, “True Friends” featuring Breach on the vocals and the non-album track “Avenido”.

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Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic (Album Sampler) [RHM004-12]

Gerd Janson – Music For Autobahns [RH125]

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Gerd Janson compiles an exciting ambient-not-ambient compilation that includes exclusive tracks by Âme, Move D, Quiet Village Marco Passarani, Roman Flügel and Tom Trago. “Music for Autobahns” is the result of asking Gerd Janson for a collection that starts where previous efforts left off. While Computer Incarnations for World Peace (his compilations for Sonar Kollektiv) concentrated on tipsy new wave music done by jazz-funkers or neo disco-ists, Autobahns has an
unintentionally strong leaning towards ambient not-ambient, kraut pleasers and codeine house, i.e. Industrial Ambient and Electrifying New Age. It’s all new and exclusive material by people who once or twice crossed paths with the compiler. You will hear Âme with their modular slambient concept sitting next to Amsterdam’s Tom Trago off peak time duties, Roman Flügel with an old DAT tape wunderkind that shares a side with Heidelberg’s very own Move D in love, outsider dance from CF & Daywalker alias Entro Senestre and Willie Burns as well as a greasy sounding Marco Passarani and finally Tensnake’s romantic pop appeal that is a counterpoint to Maxxi & Zeus (better known as Quiet Village) and their “Passion” for all beauties that lie beyond.

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Gerd Janson – Music For Autobahns [RH125]

Tom Trago – Rise Up / Sky High [RH045]

Tom Trago’s  presents his follow up single on Rush Hour, ‘Rise Up’ / ‘Sky High’. Tom Trago and Cinnaman got together in the studio and out came ‘Rise Up’. They somehow managed to mix freestyle, minimal, low-fi and bass together to create a cross-over house explosion. Based around a quirky bass line and vocal, the track keeps building until a catchy synth stab drops in which elevates the track to the next level. ‘Sky High’ is a late night basement session with San Proper and friends joining in on vocals. A bittersweet love song in which San yearns for a simultaneous high, which is backed up by a deep, silky house groove.

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Tom Trago – Rise Up / Sky High [RH045]

Alfabet – E/F [RH-ALFA3]

On the third Alfabet release Tom Trago and Awanto3 step it up a dozen of notches or so. ‘Hell Of Samba’ surely sounds as the theme tune of armageddon. ‘Too Shy’ on the other hand sounds like we have died and woke up in heaven. A soothing, spaced-out, yet bass heavy jam that gives an strangely eerie feeling that angels are among us.

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Alfabet – E/F [RH-ALFA3]

Dexter – Junofest [RHVD01]

Rush Hour presents a new series of releases entitled ‘Voyage Direct’. This series is about all about feel good club music and is curated by Tom Trago. Hence the name Voyage Direct, which was also the title of his debut double EP.  Dexter kicks off this series in a classy style with his Junofest EP.

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Dexter – Junofest [RHVD01]

Juju & Jordash – Tattoo’s Island [PHP047]

This 12inch contains the duo’s psychedelic-kraut-techno “Tattoo’s Island” in three takes! The original is a tension-laden epic cut while the dub version strips it down a bit and changes the tone mid-track to a more techy-edge – spiritual, snare driven and dubbed out to oblivion. Tom Trago’s “Lost In The Jungle” remix gives the track a whole new twist

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Juju & Jordash – Tattoo’s Island [PHP047]