Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Old School Club Break's Dance
One of the things I love about New York is the number of people who are hustlin mix tapes on the street. There used to be a guy who operated on the corner of St. Mark's and Astor place that would have mixtapes of virtually every genre you know. And the music would often be really rare stuff from back in the day because the tapes were made by older djs from Brooklyn who were actually from back in the day but lookin for a little extra cash. Somehow I don't see people doing that kind of thing in London, where I live. Don't know why. Maybe it's the New York legacy of hip hop where part of the art form is putting out mixtapes.
So the tracks I've listed here are taken from a mix cd bought from a lady selling a variety of things on a picnic table in front of the Ricky's makeup shop on Broadway in Soho. Some good old electro/breakdance stuff here. And now that I'm back in London we will have some proper tapes from the Dalston Oxfam shop posted here shortly.
For a full track listing see the photo of the cd above. E-mail me to request any of the other tracks you really badly want (but don't just ask for all of them :)).
1 - Snap - The Power
4 - Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
12 - C-Bank - One More Shot
14 - Adele Bertei - Build Me A Bridge
(Trivia is that Adele Bertei was German and was the keyboardist for the Contortions, for all you no wave fans, but this is supposed to have been produced by Thomas Dolby and is a "seminal house track" according to Discogs.)
Head over and get this amazing Alhaji K. Frimpong African track from Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. It's got like an old school dancehall beat with vintage organ on it. Dope.
And great new DFA disco mix here.
Also, here's a prince extended edit of Sexy Dancer which I promised.