Incredible as it seems, this year marks twenty years since the launch of Johnny D'Mairo's Henry Street Music label. To celebrate, BBE is marking the occasion with a sumptuous five- disc CD retrospective, a fitting tribute to one of the most important of all house labels. This is one of the most extensive grand summations yet done of a dance label. Henry Street Music exemplified it's era as much as Trax and Nu-Groove had theirs. Come the mid-'90s, the disco cut-up became ubiquitous, as thousands tried to emu late 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 it's 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 house-heads always knew to check them, and will recognize this as quality product, through and through. Henry Street (named after Brooklyn homeboy Johnny's neighbourhood) always had a 'New York' vibe, and even when drawing it's producers from further afield, the label encapsulated the city's melting-pot of talent and raw, bristling energy... energy captured here, and exploding off these remastered tracks like it's 1999 all over again! 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. So... dust off those dancing shoes, and get ready to feel the heat, it's one more time for the Henry Street Hustle!
Whew By: Kenny "Dope"
It's Jazzy By: Anthony Mannino
Hey Baby By: Armand Van Helden
The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) By: Kenny "Dope"
Play the World By: Johnick
Show Me the Way By: DJ Sneak
Rainbow '95 By: Mateo & Matos
Walk 4 Me By: Robbie Tronco
Ascension (The Ethereal Funk Mix) By: Dirty Harry
Gonna Luv U (Bonus Track) By: Dirty Harry
Sunrize By: Ashley Beedle
The Funk Phenomena by: Armand Van Helden
I Thought Your Love by: Todd Terry
I Wanna Know by: Kenny "Dope"
Who's Hoo by: 95 North
Byrdman's Revenge by: Mike Delgado
Brinca by: Ralphi Rosario
Open Up Your Eyes by: Johnick
Philly Jazz (Remix) by: Brutal Bill
The Hustler by: DJ Duke
Reachin' by: DJ Sneak
I Can't Take It (Bonus Track) by: Robbie Rivera
My Eyes by: The Pound Boys
I Believe by: That Kid Chris
Feels Good by: DJ Sneak
The Missile by: Little Louie Vega
Funky Music by: Norty Cotto
Mecca Toast by: Armand Van Helden
Party Hardy by: 95 North
Get On The Floor by: Robbie Rivera
Funky Fresh by: DJ Stew
Magic (Mk Mix) by: Johnick
Night Beat Club (Main Mix) by: Salvatore Vitrano
Brooklyn Beats (Pulse 2 Rhythm Mix) by: Scotti Deep
Heard Paradise (Bonus Track) by: Davidson Ospina
Shake It Again by: Ray Roc
Steal Your Love by: BQE
Been There by: Jeremias Santiago
Paradise By The Furious Light by: Furious George
Keep Dancin' by: Paul Simpson
Next To You by: Josh Harris presents Philter Inc
Die Another Day by: Tony Moran
Melted by: Albert Cabrera
Feelin' It by: Groove Culture
Came Into My Life by: Andy Ward
Johnick Theme (Bonus Track) by: Johnick
D2-D2 (I Get Deep) (Timmy Regisford Shelter Mix) by: DJ Duke
Clap Along by: Markus Schulz
Like That by: Mike Rizzo
The Funk Phenomena (Starkillers Remix) by: Armand Van Helden
Night Birds by: Davidson Ospina
Lake Shore Drive by: E-Smoove
Feel The Thunder (Tommy Musto Mix) by: Stron Jay
My Thing by: DJ Sneak
Hustle Me This by: Norty Cotto
Love To Ecstacy by: DJ Kwest
Byrdman's Revenge (Trigger To Love Mix) by: Mike Delgado
Party People (Original Demo) by: Todd Terry
One Of A Kind (Bonus Track) by: That Kid Chris
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.
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