Two legends of the underground dance scene come together this Saturday night with Amsterdam’s Rush Hour Records founder Antal playing alongside the man responsible for San Francisco’s Sunset Sound System and No Way back parties, Solar.
Antal is a hugely versatile DJ that can wave together house and techno or Afro and disco just as ably. He gained notority through his faultless record label and cherished store. As well as releasing the most exciting new music, the label is famed for its on-point re-issues of forgotten old classics whilst the shop stocks records bought on crate digging trips around the world.
Solar and a couple other DJs took a sound system and a generator to the Berkeley Marina in 1994 for free gatherings to dance and watch the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. As these Sunset Sound System parties grew from dozens to hundreds, and now thousands of attendees, Solar become one San Francisco’s best loved DJs. Known for his eclectic sets, blending techno, disco, house, electro and electronic music with the energy of punk and psychedelic rock.
With a wealth of knowledge and eclectic tastes between the two of them, we asked each DJ to pick out five of their favorites ahead of their set at the club on March 19. Spoiler alert, they didn’t disappoint.
ANTAL’S TOP FIVE
Bappi Lahiri – Come Closer
Last December I played with Hunee at the Magnetic Fields festival in India. A day before the show they took us to this obscure record store in New Delhi. Hunee pointed out this tune and we bought copies there. Straight into no.1 position of my favorite records from India.
Kazumi Watanabe – Tsuru-Kame Hinatango
Someone made an edit out of this. Both original and edit are just real nice, and it currently sticks with me.
A Band Called Flash – Mother Confessor
Ron Trent released this last year on his Future Vision imprint. The whole record is something fresh. Five tracks that refer a little bit to the 80ties NYC Liquid Liquid / ESG vibe although it’s completely different. I like it a lot.
Lee Pearson Jr. – Love’s A Secret Place
Larry Heard never fails. Recently this song got released on his Alleviated. Beautiful soulful vocal house.
Floating Points – Nespole
Outstanding minimalistic futuristic ambient jazz approach. One of my favorite tracks on his recently released Elaenia LP.
SOLAR’S TOP FIVE
Skinny Puppy – Centre Bullet
A beautiful piece. Not what most people think of when they see the name Skinny Puppy. They were pretty much the beginning of electronic music for me when I was sneaking into clubs under age. We would always annoy the dj’s asking them to play “Smothered Hope or “Assimilate”.
Rolf Trostel – Two Faces
An epic 16 minute journey from Norwegian synth master Rolf Trestle from 1982. In the Berlin School style of early Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, etc. Bought this from Red Light Records last summer for a pretty penny (I usually play this from from the 6:00).
Zombi – Shrunken Heads
Another heady synth groover that is never far from reach. I put this one on my Dekmantel podcast from last year.
Tannhäuser Gate – Pulse
Don’t know too much about this one except I bought it some time toward the end of last year and it has definitely been lighting up the dance floor when I play it.
Pemétek – Laque
This is a new one I got last month and have played it out every time since. All three tracks on the ep are killer. Dark, sci-fi funk!
Antal and Solar are playing together at Good Room on March 19. Entry is free with RSVP before 11pm here.