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Twenty years since the launch of Johnny D’Mairo’s Henry Street Music label. To celebrate, BBE is marking the occasion with a sumptuous 3LP retrospective !
Come the mid-‘90s, the disco cut-up became ubiquitous, as thousands tried to emulate the success of Henry Street’s first big killer, The Bucketheads’ Tha Bomb –still a dancefloor staple two decades on. Many of the movers and shakers of the day had their best moments on Henry Street, and they’re all here: Johnnick, Armand Van Helden, DJ Duke, DJ Sneak, Dirty Harry, Davidson Ospina, Todd Terry, Mateo and Matos, Brutal Bill, Josh Wink, even the UK’s own Ashley Beedle, and many more –a veritable roll-call of the premiere-league of dance at the time, an era when dance music still seemed incredibly fertile and the link with its own past was still vital.
Some of the American originals can struggle to get props among the countless mutations of house out there vying for attention in today’s digitalized dance scene, but the real househeads always knew to check them, and will recognize this as quality product, through and through.
Alongside the massive dancefloor anthems from the likes of Kenny Dope and Armand Van Helden are some real gems that got away, some exclusive mixes, and the thoughts of Johnny D, one of the prime-movers of the New York dance scene even before he came up with his own label, responsible for countless hits as promotions man and as dance A&R at Atlantic. Never one for the limelight, Johnny’s own story is nonetheless inextricably bound up with the transition from disco through house to the ubiquity of dance music today.
|A1.||The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall ...||Kenny "Dope...|
|B1.||The Funk Phenomena||Armand Van ...|
|B2.||Play The World||Johnick|
|C1.||Show Me The Way||DJ Sneak pr...|
|C2.||Walk 4 Me||Robbie Tron...|
|D1.||Feelin' It (Rhythm Section Ma...||Groove Cult...|
|D2.||Feel The Thunder (Tommy Musto...||Stron Jay|
|E1.||Byrdman's Revenge||Mike Delgad...|
|E2.||Like That||Tiger Blood|
|F1.||Steal Your Love||BQE|
|F2.||D2-D2 (I Get Deep) (Timmy Reg...||DJ Duke / R...|
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