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A "We Love New York" Desert Island Disco

As 6 Music shows its love for New York, Block9 (those dudes behind the NYC Downlow disco at Glastonbury) choose tunes from Billie Holiday, MC Lyte, Tuff Jam and more.

As 6 Music shows its love for New York, Block9 (those dudes behind the NYC Downlow disco at Glastonbury) choose tunes from Billie Holiday, MC Lyte, Tuff Jam and more.

He says: "Well we heard you were doing a New York City special this weekend and thought we should send you a few favourites from the archives. The DJs who have been visiting us yearly at The NYC Downlow serve up a nice selection of classic NYC tracks, but those dancefloor-orientated selections are just a tiny fraction of the spectrum of musical flavours coming from the real city of New York.

Block9’s Music Department (that's Gid) have pulled together a broad selection of tunes including deep roots rarities from Bronx reggae legend Bull Wackies’ studio (Annette Brissett - He’s My God), Latin powerhouse Fania, with a little bit of ultra-rare Baptist church gospel thrown in for good measure.

The importance of New York as THE wellspring of music and culture for us over here at Block9 cannot be overstated. For me, Tuff Jam’s 'I Got You' on London’s New York Soundclash label is of equal importance to say a top shelf Strictly Rhythm classic because it’s the NYC influence on the UK sound that is the juicy thing. When we - the UK - started taking the classic New York deep house sound and building upon it, riffing on it, and adding a bit of London “tuffness”, that’s when the sparks started to fly.

Honey Dripper’s ‘Impeach The President’ from 1972 is a classic New York track VERY close to our hearts over here at Block 9.

Enjoy the selection. All the best, Gideon & Steve"

Block9 – NYC Downlow Tracklist
1. The Honey Drippers - Impeach The President
2. MC Lyte Ft Bennie Man Propa
3. Kings Of Tomorrow - Fade II Black (Roger' S Keep It Real Dub)
4. Azuni - Do It To Me
5. United Singers of Faith NYC - Do Lord
6. Joe Bataan - Call My Name
7. Matthew Halsall- Together
8. China - Love Jah
9. Annette Brissett - He’s My God
10. NY Stomp - The NY House Trak
11. Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco - Tres Días de Carnaval
12. Chez Damier - Can You Feel It (MK New York Dub) [1992]
13. Tuff Jam - I Got You (Dem 2's dub bug)
14. El Gran Combo - Un Verano en Nueva York
15. Billie Holiday - Autumn in New York

Duration:

28 minutes

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